Book Review: Craftfulness: Mend Yourself by Making Things

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Title: Craftfulness

Authors: Rosmary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin

Publisher: Appetite by Random House

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

ISBN: 9780525610427

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Integrating mindfulness, neuroscience, positive psychology, and creativity research, Craftfulness offers a thought-provoking and surprising reconsideration of craft, and how making things with our hands can connect us to our deepest selves and improve our well-being and overall happiness.


In the age of hygge, ikigai, and tidying up, a new book emerges on finding a sense of peace, self, and happiness. Craftfulness is Davidson and Tahsin’s take on how to find a state of flow and calm through the art of creation. From bookbinding to knitting, woodworking to writing, storytelling, to papercraft, this book is an empirical exploration of how crafting keeps us busy and puts our bodies to use.

In the digital age when many workers hold sedentary desk jobs, movement and activity have become less common. Deep and quiet thought also seems challenging when the immediate reward of social media and digital games help turn the brain off, yet do not offer any sort of mental rest. Rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed and many people struggle to find a meaningful outlet through which to express themselves. Craftfulness tackles these topics head on and interviews those who have found meaning, peace, and creativity through craft.

The authors seek to help readers find the perfect fit for them. The book ends with a section that blends directions on various crafts alongside stories of those who have found a meaning and happiness in life that they’d previously struggled to find. By connecting the reader directly with the personal experiences of others, Davidson and Tahsin’s Craftfulness hopes to make a difference for others.

Happy reading!

Published by wornpagesandink

Hi! I'm Jaaron. I'm a book-obsessed blogger, writer, reader, coffee-drinker, and dog-lover. I have a B.A.H. in English Literature and a post-graduate diploma in Book and Magazine publishing. I've been fortunate to have worked in both trade and educational publishing. If you have any recommendations for excellent reads, let me know!

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