‘Art Of Traditional Crafts And Play In Bermuda’

November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, the ‘Hands On! The Art of Traditional Crafts and Play in Bermudabook by Mrs. Shirley Pearman was launched with an event at Somersfield Academy Gymnasium.

Hands On! is a book that frames the experience of childhood play within the context of Bermuda’s seasons. Accompanying this exploration of play and reflections on Bermudian childhood is a step-by-step ‘how to’ guide for dozens of traditional crafts and toys such as: traditional Bermuda kites, tissue paper carnations, memory scrapbooks, banana dolls, bay grape leaf angels, comic book movie boxes, turkey bone dolls and many, many more.

Part craft book, part memoir and part cultural preservation, the book has been a labour of love for Mrs. Pearman, who first began collecting this material as far back as 2001 in preparation for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The book is produced by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs with design and pre-press production by Department of Communication & Information.

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