By the far the best book around at the moment is "Making a Life" by Melanie Falick. I met Melanie several years ago when she was assisting me at Chateau Dumas and she told me how she hoped to leave her job as an editor in New York and concentrate on writing her own book about using our hands. Years later, after travelling across the world with talented photographer Rinne Allen in tow she has achieved that dream. This is THE book to put on your Christmas present lists.
Melanie and Rinne even made it all the way up to Northumberland to visit me in my studio on a rainy dark day and I felt sure there would be no good photographs but guess what they decided to use MY notice board on the cover of the book and there is a 10 page chapter on how I am making my life sweet by doing what I do. On the way back to my house we stopped by at my allotment, the second best place in my life after my studio, and Rinne captured me there in a photo I am actually happy with. I don't often show pictures of me but here it is!
“Excerpted from Making a Life by Melanie Falick (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Rinne Allen.”