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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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ISBN: 9780062872968
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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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By Ai Weiwei, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553419467
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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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ISBN: 9780262045872
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Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 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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ISBN: 9781797213835
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 26th, 2021

Modern Quilting: A Contemporary Guide to Quilting by Hand by Julius Arthur

Modern Quilting is a beautiful look at quilting as an art form and as a part of community building. Complete with easy-to-follow patterns and personal stories for each pattern, this is a great place for any quilter to begin exploring the fiber arts world. Experienced quilters will also find new ways to use old techniques. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781784883942
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Published: Hardie Grant - June 1st, 2021

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers by Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara

Although written for graphic designers (of which I am one), I recommend Extra Bold for an even wider readership. This thought-provoking book is filled with essays, profiles, and images by a broad range of contributors who address the ways that design has, and more importantly, has not, practiced antiracism, feminism, inclusion, and nonbinary thinking. New voices who are focusing on the question “How do we engage people with all different points of view into this making process?” are especially powerful in this handbook. — S.B.

Mending with Love: Creative Repairs for Your Favorite Things by Noriko Misumi

There are a lot of mending books on the market right now, which just makes me giddy, to be honest. I love seeing people mend, and this book goes a little bit deeper than the basics of mending, covering wool roving, curved surfaces, and socks. Mending with Love is a great place to start your mending journey and love your clothes longer. — Jae

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ISBN: 9780804854030
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - April 6th, 2021

Circular Fashion by Peggy Blum

This stylish manual is a must-have for any student of fashion or sustainable design. Replete with case studies of industry leaders and sleek infographics on recycled materials and best practices, Circular Fashion empowers the consumer to pick materials and brands that fit with a worldview of modest consumption and to find items that don’t take more than they give. — Celeste 

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ISBN: 9781786278876
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - April 20th, 2021

Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West by Lauren Redniss

In this richly illustrated work of visual nonfiction, Redniss bears witness to the years’-long fight of San Carlos Apache tribal members to protect Oak Flat, their sacred land, from Resolution Copper, a multinational mining conglomerate. Within this narrative lie many others, the oral history of three generations of an Apache family, the history of the land itself, the effects of copper mining, its promise to a mining family nearby— this reporting, illuminating, and understanding are Redniss’s true genius, unfolding a powerful, complex story, one that is still in play. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780399589720
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Published: Random House - November 17th, 2020

The Art Book, New Edition, Classic Format by Phaidon Editors

Updated for only the third time in its 16-year history, this edition of The Art Book includes 40 new artists among its more than 600, and spans from medieval to modern times. What continues to be exciting about this book are the dynamic pairings that occur as a result of arranging the book alphabetically by artist rather than classified by category. A page on Joan Mitchell opposite a page on Zanele Muholi forces you to consider them in relation to each other, not just on their own, and I love it. An excellent book for any art enthusiast. — S.B.

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ISBN: 9781838661342
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 23rd, 2020


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