Shaker Made is photographer Carol Peachee’s love letter to the cultural artifacts—the architecture, furniture, and crafts—of one of America’s most notable utopian societies. Peachee has photographed Pleasant Hill for more than four decades—from small items such as eyeglasses, embroidered handkerchiefs, elixir bottles, and bonnets, to the distinguished furniture and architecture of the more than 260 buildings that the Shakers built at Pleasant Hill. The curator of collections at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Rebecca Soules, provides an informative foreword to the photos, while Peachee herself offers a lovingly written introduction explaining her personal connection to the subject. The attention to detail in the simple yet beautifully composed photographs serve as an elegant and respectful tribute to the history and legacy of the Pleasant Hill Shakers—an often-misunderstood people who sought to honor the divine in all aspects of life.
Back Cover Review: The silence and stillness in this precisely documented material life of a Kentucky Shaker community is stunning as it ranges from landscape to jumbles of wooden wall pegs and carefully wrought metal keys. Insightful comments by the collections curator and the photographer introduce the black-and-white images, which, in a quiet and meditative way, invite the viewer and the visitor to marvel at the vibrancy that once enlivened this enduring repository of faith and radical belief. – Jane F. Crosthwaite, author of Shaker Visions of the Divine: Essays on Their Sacred Art and Scripture