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Arts, Crafts, and Photography from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.


Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman

Many aspire to the creative life, and even more find it fascinating. Here the brilliant interviewer and designer Debbie Millman shares some of her best interviews of some of the world’s most fantastically creative and influential people from her podcast Design Matters. Educational, poignant, funny, and inspiring, with creators who range from traditional designers to illustrators, musicians, directors, and more, this is a perfect gift for anyone with a creative spirit, shining a light in darker times.—Jocelyn

Don’t miss our event with Debbie Millman on November 18th, 2021.

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Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People By Debbie Millman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062872968
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Design - February 22nd, 2022

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei

For a man known globally for art and activism, Ai Weiwei’s memoir, in Allan H. Barr’s translation, is a surprisingly straightforward narrative, where art is a matter-of-fact occurrence, and the illustrated history of China is seemingly incidental. Starting with the life of his father, the poet Ai Qing, Ai Weiwei’s life is laid out, at times starkly heartbreaking, at times breathtakingly inspiring, but always fascinating, full of the thought, feeling, and movement of a singular life.—Jocelyn

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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553419467
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Crown - November 2nd, 2021

A Black Gaze by Tina M. Campt

In this small but powerful book, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary artists—from filmmakers to photographers to multi-media artists—who are dismantling the white gaze and insisting that we see the world “with, through, and alongside” Black artists. Not only did A Black Gaze challenge me to bear witness, but it inspired me to learn more about the artists, like cinematographer Arthur Jafa, who are featured within its pages.—S.B.

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A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See By Tina M. Campt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262045872
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 2021

Knitting for Radical Self-Care by Brandi Cheyenne Harper

In our time of a global shared trauma, self-care is more important than ever. Many of us have found new hobbies and passions during the various shutdowns, and for anyone who has been knitting, from the seasoned knitter to the knitting newbie, this book is a great source of patterns and comfort. Crafting can be a soothing activity as well as one that leaves you feeling accomplished. Get cozy and ready to take care of yourself, while making something for you or your friends!—MJ 

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Knitting for Radical Self-Care: A Modern Guide By Brandi Cheyenne Harper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419744884
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams - January 4th, 2022

This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection by Jen Hewett

The crafting community that is visible to the public eye has for generations been perceived as the realm of cis-het white women. This Long Thread is made up of stories and essays from people who don’t fit into the mold that social media expects from its crafting influencers. The pieces from the BIPOC folks in This Long Thread address racism, family, tradition, love, and loss, all with a focus on fiber crafts. Get this for the crafter or maker in your life; it will enhance their craft and their understanding of the world, no matter their discipline.—Jae

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This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection By Jen Hewett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611808247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roost Books - November 16th, 2021

Photography: A Feminist History by Emma Lewis

This comprehensive volume of female photography pioneers contains historical images and biographical snippets to chronicle the change in photography from traditional portraiture to nude forms, gender-flipping portraits, and still-lifes, all the way to abstraction and collage. Historians and photographers alike will be enchanted by the whimsy and skill of female explorers of the photographic landscape.  —Celeste 

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Photography, A Feminist History By Chronicle Books Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797213835
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 26th, 2021

Stitching Stolen Live by Sara Trail & Teresa Dureva Wong

Quilts are historically group projects; women sat together, creating from spare fabrics a blanket that has the potential to be handed down for generations, telling stories as they sew. Stitching Stolen Lives weaves a portrait of the power of quilts to share stories and to help one express oneself. Trail helps empower young people to use quilting to not only remember those they have lost but to make a promise to themselves to fight injustice for a better future.—MJ

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Stitching Stolen Lives: Amplifying Voices, Empowering Youth & Building Empathy Through Quilts By Sara Trail, Teresa Duryea Wong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644031384
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: C&T Publishing - September 25th, 2021

A Woven World by Allison Hawthorne Deming

Allison Hawthorne Deming has written a lovely ode to the makers, beginning with those most felt in her own life, her family’s lineage of haute couture women dressmakers and the Canadian weir fishermen of Grand Manan Island, home to her childhood summers. From here, she weaves across the world and time, seeking the intimate and the remarkable, infusing essay with poetry, detail, and an environmental awareness that understands the importance of craft, the purposeful act of making in a world of constant breaking.—Melinda

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A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress By Alison Hawthorne Deming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640094826
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Counterpoint - August 24th, 2021

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