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Yard Art and Handmade Places

Extraordinary Expressions of Home

written by Pat Jasper, Jill Nokes, Krista Whitson

University of Texas Press | ISBN 9780292716797

Hardback – 170 pages

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Relatively few people in America build their own homes, but many yearn to make the places they live in more truly their own. Yard Art and Handmade Places profiles twenty homemakers who have used their yards and gardens to express their sense of individuality, to maintain connections to family and heritage, or create sacred spaces for personal and community refreshment and healing. Jill Nokes, an authority on native plants and ecological restoration, travelled across the state of Texas seeking out residents who had transformed their yards and gardens into an exuberant personal expression. She presents their stories about their creations, and what their yard art has come to mean to them and to their communities. Nokes treats Yard Art as integral to home-making, revealing how these places become invested with deep personal or social meaning. Despite the proliferation of look-alike suburbs, this book shows that people with ordinary means and skills are shaping space into a personal expression that can be enjoyed by all.

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