Ruth De Fraga Gomes comes from a fashion background, but retrained whilst her children were small so that she could work from home. She continues to glean inspiration from fashion and indulges her passion for fabrics, trim and embellishment through the craft; some say she is actually a frustrated milliner as her shades often resemble glamorous hats! These days, Ruth works on lampshade commissions and re-coverings from a small studio and teaches lampshade-making courses in colleges and creative workshops.
'Gomes is an expert on making lamp shades, a "craft that has enabled me to develop my interest in fabric, color, design, trim, and embellishment." In this reference book, she distills her 15 years of experience into a concise guide to the craft, as well as an overview of the surprisingly interesting history of lamp shades. Every kind of shade is presented, along with details and sketches to make the ways of creation clear.' Publishers Weekly This invaluable practical reference guide, which includes both written instructions and illustrations, explores the history of lampshade-making, its trends and inspirations. Crafts Beautiful 'Lampshades are a fashion statement for any room, serving both decorative and utilitarian purposes. Craftswoman and instructor de Fraga Gomes tackles a rather underrepresented topic: how to make your own lampshades. A historic overview of lampshade development shows an affinity to women's fashion trends of the time. Detailed dissection of frame styles, types, and related elements serves as a great foundation for the fledgling lampshade maker. There are very few books on this specialized topic, so any addition to the field is important. A confident do-it-yourselfer could certainly build on the foundation of this sophisticated guide. Recommended where diversity of DIY and repurposing works are in demand.' Library Journal