illuminate: Book Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners - Gitana and Catherine Schneider!

Perhaps you remember Hannah Nunn, whose paper cut lights I've featured on more than one occasion. She brings together makers of beautiful objects via her lighting and craft boutique Radiance in Hebdon Bridge, England.

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Hannah Nunn
Fairy Lights
A string of glowing paper cut lanterns
5 M long, each lantern 7 cm high
Photograph: Hannah Nunn

Reading Hannah's new book, illuminate: contemporary craft lighting, is a most enjoyable form of armchair traveling. She introduces the reader to more than forty artisans who create handmade lights around the world. Yes, Hannah has a knack for bringing people together, and like her shop, this book is a perfect medium for her talent.

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Cover light: Zipper 8 Lighting
Photograph: Allison Patrick

Of course there is a chapter on paper lighting, but the book includes much more... you'll learn about contemporary textile, ceramic, glass, print, wood, and metal lighting. There is also a chapter on recycled lights in which paper most definitely plays a role.

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Graypants
Scrap Lights, Jupiter with Moons
Spherical series of repurposed cardboard pendants
Range from 8" diameter to 17.5" diameter
Photograph: Jonathan Junker

I was sent a review copy and my first spin through had me ogling the gorgeous photographs. I also found myself stopping over and over again to read Hannah's words about the individual makers.

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Louise Traill
Chandelier detail
A detail of a three tier paper chandelier
61 cm high x 40 cm diameter
Photograph: Hannah Nunn

She writes in an engaging, conversational style that makes illuminate the type of book you can dip into at any time. Not a project-based, how-to tome, Hannah relates the stories that tell why these creative individuals do what they do.

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Andrew Ooi
Mokume Walnut Light
Mokume paper with a walnut base
12 x 12 x 14"
Photograph: Yumiko Miyamoto

Her enthusiasm for lighting is contagious; if you leave the book out for guests to enjoy, I predict they'll be drawn to it like moths to a flame.

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Celine Wright
Point de Suspension
Japanese paper with a white marble pebble
50 x 40 x 250 cm
Photograph: Virginie Perocheau

Bloomsbury has offered to send a copy to two readers worldwide. Just leave a comment as your entry - easy peasy.

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Louise Traill
Heirloom Lights
A string of handmade paper lanterns
Each lantern is approximately 12 cm high
Photograph: Hannah Nunn

The giveaway will end on Tuesday, February 5th. Winners will be selected by a random number generator and announced on this post + the All Things Paper Facebook page as soon as they have been contacted. Good luck!


Ann Martin
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Comments

  1. Oh yes please, pick me! I love her work and would treasure this book.

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  2. Those are all gorgeous! I can only imagine what treasures the rest of book holds! I'd love, love, love to find out :)

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  3. They all look gorgeous.Scrap light, Jupiter with moons light looks magical.

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  4. Wow, what stunning work. I can't wait to see more!

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  5. Beautiful lamps sing to me. Please allow Hannah Nunn's book to Illuminate my coffee table. .

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  6. What a glowing review -- no pun intended. ;) I've long admired Hannah's work and the many incarnations she's taken it (from flat papercuts to lights to wallpaper!), as well as her writing on her blog and the details she observes and records. Good, good stuff. I'd love a copy of her book!

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  7. beautiful work!!!! oh how i wish i could create something like this

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  8. those photos are stunning ! such an inspiration ! thank you for the chance to win

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  9. Such beautiful ways to light up a space and to make it attractive-to really attract the eye and the desire to be in that space. I like it!

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  10. I'm a relatively new reader, but would love a chance :)

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  11. what beautiful lights, so creative!!!
    Paula

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  12. I Love this book, Ann! This is one I would really like to win! It looks like it is loaded with inspiration!

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  13. Thank you so much for this WW giveaway =) this book is awesome
    Hugs from México

    sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

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  14. I follow Hannah via her blog, as I recall, because of a post you wrote about her amazing work. I have eagerly awaited the release of her book and will hope against hope that I may win one! Thank you so much for the opportunity and all the wonderful information your blog continues to beautifully provide!

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  15. Thanks Ann for another great give away!

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  16. looks like a book I'd like to own!

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  17. I'm beaming reading all these comments and the lovely review that you wrote Ann! :) Thanks so much everyone!

    I'm not posting a comment to get a chance to win haha

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  18. One word -MAGICAL ! Martina

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  19. These are all so beautiful and create such a wonderful mood!

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  20. This looks like a very inspiring and helpful book, full of amazing and new ideas. Would love to win it!

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  21. This would be a wonderful book, wow..... so full of insiration.. would be a great treasure to receive this, I looove lightning!! made many lamps myself too, see; www.grootenmol.nl

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  22. she shines the light for us to see the way. a treasure trove of radiance.

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  23. how beautiful!

    rebekah[.]diehl[@]gmail[.]com

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  24. How pretty! I love how everyday objects can be elevated in beauty for us to enjoy.

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  25. When I see this I can't believe how I haven't yet made my own lamp even though I love light + craft so much! :-) What a magic book!

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  26. These are all so beautiful and impressive. Love them!

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  27. These lights are truly inspirational! and some of my home lighting is sadly lacking. I would love a copy of the book.

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  28. De 'light'-ful...and inspirational too. I'd love to win!

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  29. Wow. I'd love to have the book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  30. What gorgeous lights- truly works of art. I'd love to have a copy of this book, thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. The pictures are gorgeous ! It would be a pleasure to read the book - thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. Beautiful. Enter my name in the draw please.

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  33. These are really magical lights. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. What a gorgeous book and what unique and beautiful lighting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  35. wow, there are some amazing lights here! I love that paper chandelier

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  36. This is a beautiful book! I especially like the last photo - it is giving me ideas!!! Thank you so much!

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  37. The book looks wonderful. I have always found the play between light and the translucent properties of paper fascinating.

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  38. I want this book. I especially love the last image posted above: Louise Traill
    Heirloom Lights

    And I enjoyed seeing the ones utilizing corrugated cardboard. Recycling at its best.

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  39. I'm in love with Celine Wright's designs, and all the lighting fixtures at home have been duly kusudama-ed, much to my boyfriend's dismay...

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  40. Gorgeous lamps, most inspirational!!

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  41. i'd love to be entered for a chance to win! thanks so much!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  42. What a fantastic book! I'd be so very chuffed to win one! Thanks for an awesome competition!

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  43. The Chandelier pieces are Wonderful...I'm sure the rest of the book would be a joy as well! TFS
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  44. I love working with paper. this book looks gorgeous. Might give me inspiration to try something similar myself. Susan
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  45. Looks like a fabulous book -- the photos are stunning. I'd love to receive a copy of this publication in its entirety.

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  46. What a lovely way to add drama to any room with light fixtures like these.. I am so impressed with her work.. I would love to have her book.. Thank you for the chance to win. Roseanna

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  47. Thank you for the opportunity! I'd love to drool my way thru the book....

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  48. This is such a work of art! Everything in your home sets the mood and lighting is no different. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. How lovely --- thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Those are beautiful! I'd love to win so I can see more of what's inside!

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  51. Gorgeous. In the middle of a northern hemisphere winter I need some light!
    marama72 at hotmail.com

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  52. WOW! Hannah's work is awesome, it would be great to have a copy of her book.

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  53. Absolutely awesome. I hope the book is a great success!

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  54. Your book looks amazing. I have always been drawn to lighting systems and lamps (& chairs, for some reason). I really like the incorporation of international themes. Good luck with your sales!

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  55. From the pictures I'm seeing, this book looks AMAZING! I've recently taken to lighting since I started working towards my BFA. I would love to have a book like this that shows the works, but also explains how the artists came to make beautiful pieces. It would be wonderful to have something like this for inspiration.

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  56. This would be a fantastic book to own. Beautiful and inspirational!

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  57. What a bright and 'enlightening' post :)

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  58. Easy peasy, I hope I win, Ann. Thanks! Karren

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  59. when I open this page and saw the garlanded lights I just feel Ohh!! It's Hannah's art. Here in INDIA, I am trying to establish a small craft base business, and I found Hannah's art as inspiration...
    It would be great to have a copy of her book.

    Thanks .. send me my copy ASAP

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  60. What amazing, imaginative lights. I'd love to have a copy of this beautiful book.

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  61. Absolutely stunning lighting creations! I am currently in the throws of decorating my apartment, this book would totally inspire me. Please add me into the prize draw x

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  62. I love those paper lantern fairy lights. I would love this book for more inspirational ideas. Thanks for the giveaway x

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  63. these paper lamps are awesome :))))) pick meee !!!

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  64. What a wonderful book it would be... we r planing on bulding a house... if i get this book will surely use it to the fullest to light up our beatiful home :))

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  65. Absolutely stunning lighting creations very inspiring. I'd love to have a copy of this beautiful book.

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  66. I would love to participate in the give away, what a precious book to have, to hold and to enjoy!

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  67. Every one is beautiful - what a treasure this book would be!

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  68. I am attracted to this kind of lighting. In fact, I bought a rusty metal garden ornament/candle holder that I plan to make into a chandelier. I would love to win this book as it would be very useful to me. Thank you.

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  69. If the photos in the book are half as inspirational as the ones in this post, then this is definitely a must have for my library.

    - Gitana the Creative Diva

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  70. Excited to find possible options for bare lightbulbs which are part of the "in process" of living as an ex-pat in Libya.

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  71. Congrats to Hannah on her latest book. I love all the different lights featured...especially the 3 tier chandlier by Louise Traill. How magical!!!
    Licia Politis

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  72. Putting my hand into the draw.

    Feeling very crafty in 2013

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  73. Susan P What a great book to have. Such original gorgeous ideas all in one book. Please put my name in the draw

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  74. Beautiful book!

    glasshorsestudio@yahoo.com

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  75. Fabulous book. Fabulous author. Please enter me into the prize draw. Fingers crossed...
    cathy woodall :-)

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  76. Beautiful!! Thanks for the great chance at this fabulous giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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  77. One day soon I will treat our flat to one of Hannah's lovely lamps.
    morv.jones@gmail.com

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  78. Wonderful! Paper and lights are my favorite things in the world.

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  79. Wow! Exciting book, thanks for posting so many pictures. I think sculpting with light is a fine art!!! D

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  80. Beautiful designs...from a beautiful town! x

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  81. I would love to win this, these lanterns are beautiful.

    carolinebock1 at yahoo dot com

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  82. Oh wooow. This looks really interesting!

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  83. Brilliant!

    I have just discovered your blog via Make:Craft/Flickr. I am really enjoying your posts (through the hectic screeches of my two sprogs).
    Thank you for the sanity & inspiration.

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  84. A beautiful book

    ksukeena at yahoo dot com

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  85. it looks like a sumptuous feast for the eyes!

    (omyn.mail@gmail.com)

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  86. I love your site. It brings the great paper crafts from all over the world, to give us ideas and polish our art. Hannah's book is one of them. I will glade if I get this book from you, this book will emerge my hidden creativity.

    aashcharyaa@gmail.com

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  87. The book looks so cool. Inspiring!!

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  88. This would be a great book for my mother and I to peruse together. I have a wedding coming up, and I would love the inspiration!

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  89. 'Looks fun and inspiring. Would love to win a copy!
    -Chris
    Lyrixx23 at gmail dot com

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  90. The giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone for entering!

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