Cathy of California

photo by ModClothimage frcom RetrorenovatioCathy Callahan, aka Cathy of California, loves crafty things from the 60s and 70s. Her new book is a fun take on old crafts—contemporary artists interpret old kitchy crafts from these past decades and bring new inspiration to them. I had the pleasure of meeting Cathy at the Renegade Fairs.

"Macramé, appliqué, decoupagé, and more! Cathy Callahan, founder of the popular blog Cathy of California, brings a fresh look to crafts from the '60s and '70s in Vintage Craft Workshop. With an eye toward style, not kitsch, superstar contributors including Diane Gilleland, Jill Bliss, and Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith offer their unique interpretations on 24 vintage projects. Brimming with inspiration shots straight from Callahan's vintage craft books, color photographs of the finished projects, profiles of the original crafters, and tidbits about this unforgettable era, this spirited book makes vintage crafts perfectly stylish for today. Plus, it's easy to get started with step-by-step instructions, how-to illustrations, perforated template pages, and a handy back pocket. Papiermâché never looked so good!" (Chronicle Books)

There's an interview here and the book is available at ModCloth, The Curiosity Shoppe (both stock UPPERCASE publications as well!) and other crafty booksellers.

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