Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women offers inspiration and advice from 100 women who are makers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Rather than telling long, drawn out life stories of the women, it really cuts to the heart of their stories by asking some specific questions about what inspires them, what obstacles they’ve overcome.
The candid responses she received are really inspiring to readers, and also the fact that there are so many different women offering these insights into pivotal moments in their lives. I think that the compilation of their voices is something really special.
In addition to the words on the page, the photography adds a whole other dimension to the book. We’re able to see the women in their spaces. We’re able see their personal style, how they dress, how they wear their hair, but also the objects that are valuable and inspiring to them. All of these elements work together beautifully, and I think that’s a testament to Bonney’s experience developing Design*Sponge.
In the Company of Women is just what its title promises. It is a community of sorts on the page. It’s women sharing their stories in the hopes of inspiring other women. It’s women reading those stories and taking away something from it, and connecting with the women around them.
I really enjoyed this read, and I hope that you can find some inspiration within its pages as well.
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