Book gifts


In my latest post, which you can read here, I suggested that you consider choosing the HÅNDVÆRK bookazine when you shop for Christmas presents. In extension of this theme, I generally think book gifts are always a great idea, as long as the books are written by authors with a passion for their topic and, in this case, like myself, have ‘skin in the game’ because they self-publish.
(Generally, I recommend that you buy Christmas presents from people who have something at stake and a passion for what they do.)

The books I mention below are ambitious publications, each in their way, and both were printed by Narayana Press, which enjoys cult status among book enthusiasts.

The graphic company and printing house Narayana Press has been based in Kalsemade near the town of Gylling in western Denmark since 1972, when it was founded by students of the Indian writer and philosopher Swami Narayanananda. Today, the company has about 40 employees, many of whom live in the almost completely self-sufficient community associated with the firm. The printing house itself occupies the parallel white buildings; in extension of these lie the greenhouses. In the foreground, three temples form a distinct axis, and the red-roofed buildings contain a meditation hall, a dining hall and a kitchen, among other functions, while the black-roofed buildings are living quarters.
Source: Narayana Press in Trap Danmark at lex.dk


If you are looking for a gift for someone who is a lover of natural wine or if you would like to introduce this particular universe to newcomers, I recommend Camilla Gjerde’s ‘We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine’ (with English text).

Camilla has a PhD in political science and a diploma in wine and spirits, but above all, she is passionate about natural wine – or, perhaps more accurately, about the conditions of growing and producing natural wine – and she is fascinated by the dream that motivates natural wine growers. Her own dream was to write a book that she felt was missing: a book about women who produce natural wine. She realized this dream in collaboration with photographer Cecilia Magnusson: together, the two toured Europe by train and on bicycle on a quest to portray nine amazing women, who are living out their dream, for better and worse, with lots of hard work.

You can order the book here; soon it will also be available from selected book shops throughout Scandinavia.

The other book I will recommend is Katrine Martensen-Larsen’s ‘Living With Art’ with English text and with photographs by Mikkel Adsbøl.

Katrine realized the significance of having art in her own home last year when she hosted Kunstsalonen (The Art Salon), which arranges public art exhibitions in private homes. You can read about Kunstsalonen here and here (in Danish). Among the artists portrayed in the book is Anne aarsland, who is one of the founders of Kunstsalonen and now its sole proprietor.

‘Living With Art: From creator to collector’ takes you on visits to ten artists’ studios and then follows ten works of art on their path to nine art collectors and the author’s own home.

In addition to Katrine’s own texts on artists and collectors, the book includes contributions from

Todd Bishop (former senior deputy director at MoMA NY): ‘A Perspective from Abroad”
Frederikke Aagaard, architect (MAA): ‘Art Should Test You’
Natalia Gutman, art historian: ‘Forever Art’
Jannik Martensen-Larsen (Katrine’s brother, owner of Tapet Cafe): ‘The Effect of Art in an Interior Setting’

‘Living With Art’ is available here and in a number of design and museum shops.



Boggaver


Seneste artikel, som du kan læse her, handler om at jeg gerne vil sælge HÅNDVÆRK bookazine som julegave. Denne artikel handler om det samme, eller rettere, den handler om, at jeg synes, at du skal give boggaver, og vel at mærke boggaver fra forfattere som har noget på hjerte, og i dette tilfælde fra forfattere, der lige som jeg, har ”hånden på kogepladen” fordi de udgiver selv.
(jeg synes i det hele taget at du skal købe dine julegaver fra nogen som har noget på spil og noget på hjerte)

De aktuelle bøger, hver deres måde ambitiøse værker, er begge er trykt hos Narayana Press, som har kultstatus blandt bognørder.

Det grafiske trykkeri Narayana Press har ligget i Kalsemade ved Gylling siden 1972, hvor det blev etableret af elever af Swami Narayanananda, indisk forfatter og filosof. I dag har trykkeriet ca. 40 medarbejdere, hvoraf mange bor i det næsten selvforsynende klostersamfund, der ligger i forbindelse hermed. Selve trykkeriet er placeret i de parallelle hvide bygninger, og i forlængelse heraf ligger væksthusene. I forgrunden danner tre templer en tydelig akse, og i bygningerne med rødt tag er der bl.a. meditationssal, spisestue og køkken, mens der i bygningerne med sort tag er beboelse.
Kilde :Narayana Press i Trap Danmark på lex.dk


Hvis du skal give gave til en naturvinselsker eller vil introducere naturvin til en, som endnu ikke har stiftet bekendtskab med det univers, så køb Camilla Gjerdes ” We Don´t Want Any Crap in Our Wine” bogen er med engelsk tekst.

Camilla har en PhD i Statskundskab og en diplomuddannelse som kvalificerer hende udi vines verden, men først og fremmest er hun en passioneret naturvin-elsker, eller måske rettere, eller i lige så høj grad, hun er passioneret omkring vilkårene for at dyrke naturvin og optaget af den drøm naturvinbønderne udlever.
Hendes egen drøm var at skrive den bog, hun selv savnede; bogen om kvinder som producerer naturvin.
Drømmen har hun virkeliggjort sammen med fotograf Cecilia Magnusson, med hvem hun har rejst Europa tyndt med tog og på cykel, for at være tæt på ni fantastiske kvinder. Kvinder som lever deres drøm, på godt og ondt, gennem hårdt arbejde.

Bogen kan bestilles her, og snart i udvalgte bogbutikker i Skandinavien.

Den anden bog, jeg vil anbefale dig, er Katrine Martensen-Larsens bog ”Living With Art” ligeledes med engelsk tekst. Bogens billeder er fotograferet af Mikkel Adsbøl.

Katrine, fik for alvor øjerne op for betydningen af at have kunst i sit hjem, da hun sidste år var vært for ”Kunstsalonen”. Kunstsalonen kan du læse om her og her, den ene af Kunstsalonen stiftere nu ene ejer af kunstsalonen Anne Aarsland er således også portrætteret i bogen.

”Living With Art” med underetitlen ”from creator to collector” tager dig med på besøg på ti kunstneratalier, og følger derefter kunstværkerne hjem til ni kunstsamlere foruden forfatterens eget hjem.

Bogen rummer, foruden Katrines tekster om kunstnere og samlere, bidrag af:

Todd Bishop, (former senior Deputy Director at MoMA NY) “A Perspective from Abroad”
Frederikke Aagaard, Architect MAA”Art Should Test You”
Natalia Gutman, Art Historian ”Forever art”
Jannik Martensen-Larsen (Katrines bror, ejer af Tapet Cafe) ” The Effect of Art in an Interior Setting

”Living With Art” Kan købes her og i en lang række design-og museumsbutikker.