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Maura Zimmer

Maura Zimmer - Designer

Providence, RI

Creating outstanding books that showcase my clients' content with clarity, integrity, and excellence.

Overview

I have been a freelance book designer for over 15 years, working with publishers and societies such as Linden Publishing, Fox Chapel Publishing, Spring House Press, The Furniture Society, the American Association of Woodturners, F+W Media and Quill Driver Books. Many of my projects are how-to and step-by-step guides in the craft and DIY realm.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs DIY & Crafts Education & Reference History

Work experience

Freelance Designer Specializing in Craft, Woodworking and DIY Books

self-employed

May, 2000 – Present (over 16 years)

Publication design and project management, encompassing book covers, journals, memoirs, and four-color coffee table books. I have a strong focus in creating beautiful, practical how-to books for the craft, woodworking and DIY markets.

Senior Graphic Designer

CDM Smith

March, 1996 – April, 2000 (about 4 years)

Designed and produced printed collateral including newsletters, fact sheets, marketing kits, advertisements and brochures. Art Director of CDMnews, the company's quarterly corporate publication. Attended press checks and choreographed photo shoots throughout the United States.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects: Great Looking Furniture Anyone Can Build

Spike Carlsen

Blending the practicality of IKEA with the creativity of Martha Stewart, this collection of innovative projects is presented with simplicity of construction in mind. The suggested pieces are practical, have broad appeal, and carry a high brag factor upon completion. Requiring minimal assembly time and tools, this concise, engaging, and even humorous guide offers countless tips as well as clear... read more

Blending the practicality of IKEA with the creativity of Martha Stewart, this collection of innovative projects is presented with simplicity of construction in mind. The suggested pieces are practical, have broad appeal, and carry a high brag factor upon completion. Requiring minimal assembly time and tools, this concise, engaging, and even humorous guide offers countless tips as well as clear... read more

Gelli Printing: Printing Without a Press on Paper and Fabric

Suzanne McNeill

Discover the amazing Gelli plate a revolutionary printing surface that makes it easy to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork with amazing colors and textures. This book shows how to use gelatin printing to create stunning layered prints, pages for art journals, fabric for quilting, greeting cards, and much more.Gelatin printing is the perfect medium for beginners and experts alike. There s... read more

Discover the amazing Gelli plate a revolutionary printing surface that makes it easy to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork with amazing colors and textures. This book shows how to use gelatin printing to create stunning layered prints, pages for art journals, fabric for quilting, greeting cards, and much more.Gelatin printing is the perfect medium for beginners and experts alike. There s... read more

Sew Me! Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers

Choly Knight

This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn how to sew, or just needs a quick refresher course. Friendly and easy-to-follow directions will have you sewing with confidence, making repairs, and creating new garments from scratch. From cutting patterns and sewing seams to binding edges, gathering fabric and installing zippers, each new skill is accompanied by a quick practice exercise... read more

This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn how to sew, or just needs a quick refresher course. Friendly and easy-to-follow directions will have you sewing with confidence, making repairs, and creating new garments from scratch. From cutting patterns and sewing seams to binding edges, gathering fabric and installing zippers, each new skill is accompanied by a quick practice exercise... read more

Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements: 10 Step-By-Step Projects for Furniture Makers

Tony Kubalak

Presenting 10 projects--from shaping the surface through layout to rough carving and detailed carving--this guide explains the process of carving authentic motifs found on the most treasured pieces of 18th-century American furniture. Written with a two-pronged approach, the book first emphasizes that these are learned skills and offers guidance while, secondly, providing all the complex detail... read more

Presenting 10 projects--from shaping the surface through layout to rough carving and detailed carving--this guide explains the process of carving authentic motifs found on the most treasured pieces of 18th-century American furniture. Written with a two-pronged approach, the book first emphasizes that these are learned skills and offers guidance while, secondly, providing all the complex detail... read more

Civil War Woodworking: 17 Authentic Projects for Woodworkers and Reenactors

A J Hamler

Ranging from fairly easy to moderately difficult, this woodworking manual furnishes accurate reproductions of Civil War-era objects. Historical information about manufacturing and woodworking in the 19th century complements a discussion on standards, offering interested craftspeople all the relevant information to produce authentic replicas in the modern shop. Step-by-step instructions present... read more

Ranging from fairly easy to moderately difficult, this woodworking manual furnishes accurate reproductions of Civil War-era objects. Historical information about manufacturing and woodworking in the 19th century complements a discussion on standards, offering interested craftspeople all the relevant information to produce authentic replicas in the modern shop. Step-by-step instructions present... read more

American Woodworker's Hand Tool Fundamentals: Advice, Techniques and Projects to Build Your Skills

American Woodworker Editors

Lay a foundation for hand tool excellence!Now you can learn the hand tool skills used by the best woodworkers to achieve handcrafted excellence in all your woodworking projects.Hand Tool Fundamentals introduces you to all the key tools and techniques you need to learn for sterling work, then shows you how to incorporate them into the modern woodworking shop. You'll learn:What to look for when ... read more

Lay a foundation for hand tool excellence!Now you can learn the hand tool skills used by the best woodworkers to achieve handcrafted excellence in all your woodworking projects.Hand Tool Fundamentals introduces you to all the key tools and techniques you need to learn for sterling work, then shows you how to incorporate them into the modern woodworking shop. You'll learn:What to look for when ... read more

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