Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Life / Monday, 4 Nov 2019

November Book Club

November’s here and I am thrilled to introduce you to this months book club read! Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant To Live by Melanie Falick. To say that I have been awaiting the release of this book for years may sounds dramatic but its true, I even wrote a little something about it the minute I got my copy in the mail, check it out.

I was lucky enough to be one of many featured makers and artists in this book, which I find myself feeling mildly sheepish about because I look up to so many of them, some might even say idolize! Anyway, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. It is going to leave you feeling inspired to create! Lookout November, the month of making (and reading) has arrived.

You can find the book here. And stay tuned for a printable poster and bookmark later this month!

Book Club + DIY + Life / Monday, 21 Oct 2019

Making a Life: My thoughts about a handmade life

I’m so pleased to introduce you to Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant To Live, a book due out next Tuesday by Melanie Falick. I’ve been looking forward to its release for a few years now because Melanie somehow chose me as one of the featured makers in the series and I’ve been interviewed by her for years–she’s done a remarkably thorough job!

I’m confident in my artistic abilities and pumped up about my mission in life and here at Lars (more on that later), but I say “somehow she chose me” not as a humble formality, but because this book features a collection of artists and makers who I idolize–I wouldn’t put myself in their echelon at all. Many of them have lived longer lives and have the spaces and work to show for it. They feel more lived in, more settled, more more sure of themselves. Again, I don’t mean to downplay the work we do here at Lars, but I still feel like I’m in my artistic infancy. I’m still trying to figure out how to do my job and do it well. And these makers are people who I aspire to be. Read on →

Book Club + downloads + Shop / Friday, 18 Oct 2019

October Book Club Art

Hello Readers! Have you been following along with us as we’ve read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Taking a stop in spooky town this Halloween season with this seemingly everyday story that is full of subtle and creepy twists turning it into the ultimate tale. This month’s illustration is by one of our very own interns, Jessica Whittaker, we fell in love with her work when she illustrated our October cake topper! We will be interviewing Jessica soon so stay tuned!

Read on →

Book Club + Life / Wednesday, 2 Oct 2019

October Book Club: We Have Always Lived in a Castle

Happy October, readers! ‘Tis the season of all things spooky! Since we’ve previously read some great classics—Frankenstein, Rebecca, and Dracula—we’re turning to one of America’s celebrated horror, mystery, and psychological suspense short story masters: Shirley Jackson. You may have read her famous story The Lottery, or The Haunting of Hill House. Her final novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, takes the creepy cake, though. This story involves members of an eccentric and now reclusive family, the Blackwoods. Merricat and her older sister Constance live with their Uncle Julian, the only members of the family still alive after the others died by poisoning. Who did it, who is the villain here, what exactly is going on, and why does the whole village despise them? This book’s unsettling undertone is perfect for a cozy, moody autumn evening. Enjoy! (Muhahaha…).

Join us over at @LarsBookClub to follow along

Order We Have Always Lived in a Castle here

Book Club + Life + print / Thursday, 19 Sep 2019

September book club artwork

How’s your reading coming along?! We have loved the guidance that Lisa Congdon has given us in her book, Finding Your Artistic Voice. And I was lucky enough to lead a Q&A at her book signing in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago and she was so inspiring. Here at the office each one of us has become a bit more comfortable with our creative voice, learning to recognize what that voice sounds like and how it shapes the work we are creating and what we want to start creating. Thanks to Lisa’s creative wisdom we are learning how to make even more creative magic, we hope that you are feeling the inspiration too!

We are lucky enough to have Lisa again (remember when she did our Craft the Rainbow poster?!) as our guest illustrator for her own book! She made this print “Openness is essential to creativity”, as stated in her book, exclusively for our shop.

Jump down to see the bookmark and how to shop it!  Read on →