MiniEco: A Mixtape of Craft Projects
Text by Kate Lilley.
MiniEco is the sensational and influential craft blog of U.K.-based Kate Lilley. With more than 250,000 followers, it has taken on cult status in the international craft community, a position that is purely due to Kate’s track record in producing a series of fresh, contemporary, superbly explained and executed craft projects. With a book for children already under her belt, this publication focuses more on adults, with 33 pieces including paper gems, an origami lampshade, macrame hangings, pop-up pixel cards, hama-bead candle holders and tie-dyed furoshiki cloths. The ideas range in complexity from the simple to the advanced, but each one is completely distinctive and has never before been published. The sophisticated design and layout of this extensively illustrated book reflects the immaculate, Japanese-inflected minimalism of the MiniEco website, with some fantastic production finishes including a die-cut, dust-jacketed paperback binding and a liberal use of neon. QR codes featured within the book link to animated gifs of the craft projects being made, so that readers can easily grasp the technique and sequence of the project steps. This innovative book is an exciting new addition to Cicada’s catalogue of craft titles, pleasing both Lilley’s existing fans as well as doubtlessly creating a host of newly minted craft enthusiasts enticed by the elegant, spare design of the book, and by its intriguing projects.