CraftBook - Words Away
The content on the CraftBook website includes articles that I have written and details of my self-published books. My work explores a variety of topics, including; arts and crafts, technology, sustainability, creativity and design.
The Business of Making Money Making Arts and Crafts
Growing numbers of people have been inspired to learn the skills needed to practice an art or craft such as painting, ceramics, woodwork or the making of textiles. Whilst some are content to enjoy an art or craft as a hobby, for others selling what they make has become an additional source of income.
Many people dream of starting their own business and an art or craft could provide them with an opportunity to do so. This book explores some of the elements involved in starting and running such a business, including; becoming self-employed, business planning, finances, marketing, pricing, sales and growing your business online.
The Origins and Influence of The Arts and Crafts Movement
Changing technology during recent decades has altered the way in which millions of people live and work, leaving many feeling uncertain about their place in the world and the future of society. The Industrial Revolution was also a period of rapid change, during which the Arts and Craft Movement emerged in response to similar concerns.
This book provides an introduction to the Arts and Craft Movement, highlighting places and people of historic interest, or related to contemporary handmade arts and crafts. Other topics explored include the benefits of arts and crafts based therapy, the development of creativity and maintaining a healthy work life balance.
Developing Your Creative Thinking Skills
Creative thinking has led to innovations that transformed the world and made some individuals and organisations hugely successful. Many business leaders place creativity at the top of the list of qualities that they look for in new employees. Developing your creative thinking skills might help you to find employment, build your career or attract clients and grow your business.
How To Become Simply Creative is a short book, which can be read in less than an hour. Topics explored include the nature of creativity and why some people appear to be more creative than others. There is consideration of how the way in which you think about yourself and the world, approach work and organise your life might help you to become more creative.