Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well by Sanae Ishida hit bookstores last month and it’s making me want to take up sewing. Part memoir, part inspiration and part DIY craft camp, Sewing Happiness draws readers in with an honest account of Ishida’s professional failure and personal health crisis and the healing power of her passion — sewing. Stitched together with Ishida’s charming story, Sewing Happiness includes 20 projects plus variations including Japanese-inspired home goods and unique children’s and women’s clothing.
The book’s virtual treasure trove of images makes it hard to put down. To tell her visual story, Ishida tapped an amazing creative group, including New York photographer, George Barberis, who is known for his work for print publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Wine Spectator, and talented stylists, Rachel Grunig and Allegra Hsiao, among others. With great sensitivity and tremendous attention to detail, Barberis and team were able to elevate the art of Ishida’s projects without making them unapproachable. The images manage to take stock of Ishida’s calm, thoughtful aesthetic. Styled and shot with a nod to her Japanese roots, Barberis’ photography for Sewing Happiness is rustically simple and free of unnecessary distraction.