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[New Book] Legacy - Jewelry Techniques of West Africa


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For Immediate Release
New Book Release from Brynmorgen Press (brynmorgen.com)

“Legacy - Jewelry Techniques of West Africa” by Matthieu Cheminee

With little more than an anvil and a small box of tools, successive
generations of jewelers in West Africa have developed a style of
working in silver and gold renowned the world over. While many books
have been published documenting jewelry artifacts of Africa, few
have documented the makers, their process and their traditions until
now.

Part technical guide, part anthropological study, Legacy offers a
glimpse into the daily lives and work habits of the jewelers of West
Africa. Author Matthieu Chiminee traveled to seven countries,
interviewed hundreds of craftsmen and took thousands of photographs
over the course of a decade to compile this comprehensive resource.
While metalsmiths in the West will be fascinated and humbled by the
techniques presented here, all readers will glean insight into
African culture and art as they stand today, a legacy from
ancestors.

In this beautiful and personal volume, readers are invited to visit
the sparse market stalls, examine the heirloom tools and meet the
craftsmen responsible for the living tradition of jewelry in West
Africa.Legacy offers step-by-step investigations into many working
processes as well as fascinating anecdotes and biographies of the
artists. The book is illustrated with hundreds of beautiful
photographs and offers access to a world not often visited by
outsiders. Equally relevant as an instructional guide and as a
profound glimpse into the artistic heritage of Africa, this book adds
something fresh and dynamic to the academic study of African art.

Read a sample chapter online

Watch Legacy Trailer video in HD
Runtime: 1m 26s


Specifications and Ordering

22cm x 26cm (8 3/4" by 10 1/4" inches)
232 pages, hardcover
700+ photos
$45

Itune version is also available for $14.99 at


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I am fortunate to have received an advance copy of this in the iBook
format. (Tim McCreight is very generous to all the authors who have
written a book that he has published.) I could hardly put the book
down----it is fascinating material, photographed (and videos on
iBook) and written about in a clear and informative way. I rarely
read a technical book so thoroughly----this had me mesmerized!

Cynthia Eid
Cynthiaeid.com

Read a sample chapter online

Watch Legacy Trailer video in HD
Runtime: 1m 26s


Specifications and Ordering

22cm x 26cm (8 3/4" by 10 1/4" inches)
232 pages, hardcover
700+ photos
$45

Itune version is also available for $14.99 at


#3

New Book Release from Brynmorgen Press (brynmorgen.com)

“Legacy - Jewelry Techniques of West Africa” by Matthieu Cheminee

With little more than an anvil and a small box of tools, successive
generations of jewelers in West Africa have developed a style of
working in silver and gold renowned the world over. While many books
have been published documenting jewelry artifacts of Africa, few
have documented the makers, their process and their traditions until
now.

Part technical guide, part anthropological study, Legacy offers a
glimpse into the daily lives and work habits of the jewelers of West
Africa. Author Matthieu Chiminee traveled to seven countries,
interviewed hundreds of craftsmen and took thousands of photographs
over the course of a decade to compile this comprehensive resource.
While metalsmiths in the West will be fascinated and humbled by the
techniques presented here, all readers will glean insight into
African culture and art as they stand today, a legacy from
ancestors.

In this beautiful and personal volume, readers are invited to visit
the sparse market stalls, examine the heirloom tools and meet the
craftsmen responsible for the living tradition of jewelry in West
Africa.Legacy offers step-by-step investigations into many working
processes as well as fascinating anecdotes and biographies of the
artists. The book is illustrated with hundreds of beautiful
photographs and offers access to a world not often visited by
outsiders. Equally relevant as an instructional guide and as a
profound glimpse into the artistic heritage of Africa, this book adds
something fresh and dynamic to the academic study of African art.

Read a sample chapter online

Watch Legacy Trailer video in HD
Runtime: 1m 26s


Specifications and Ordering

22cm x 26cm (8 3/4" by 10 1/4" inches)
232 pages, hardcover
700+ photos
$45

Itune version is also available for $14.99 at