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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.

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ISBN: 9781616899189
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - May 11th, 2021

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

Human Nature: Planet Earth in Our Time Edited by Geoff Blackwell & Ruth Hobday

In this disquieting new book, 12 photographers team up to expose the world’s imminent decay at our own hands: poaching, habitat destruction, factory farms, pollution, ocean acidification, climate change. The heartbreakingly beautiful photographs capture and crush the soul. Read the photographers insights for “the stories behind” and glimmers of hope. — Kalina

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By Geoff Blackwell (Editor), Ruth Hobday (Editor)
ISBN: 9781797205915
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 20th, 2020

Humans by Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York online series has been one of my lifelines this tumultuous year, as I’m sure it has been for many. The photos and poignant stories of those featured remind us of our shared humanity. Stanton’s wonderful new book, a collection of hundreds of photographs and stories he gathered from people around the world, continues that mission. With human connection in low supply these days, this book, filled with an abundance of love, hope, and determination, is exactly what I want to immerse myself in. — S.B.

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ISBN: 9781250114297
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2020

ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal

Urinals, anthropomorphic instruments from hell, Jack the Ripper’s art career, museum heists, Andy Warhol’s 610 time capsules, and Monet’s cataracts—oh, my! From cover to cover, ArtCurious is a delightful dive into the quirky lore and contentious tales of art history. It’s all the mesmerizing bits that my college courses left out. Dasal, with her robust background in art curation and podcasting, debunks the myth that art history is boring, and her writing is approachable for budding and experienced art historians alike. — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9780143134596
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Published: Penguin Books - September 15th, 2020

You Are an Artist Assignments to Spark Creation by Sarah Urist Green

What might it be like to be in an art class being taught by some of the greatest artists alive today? Well, it would be a lot like reading You Are an Artist! Former museum curator and current host of the PBS Digital Studios series “The Art Assignment” has spoken to a wide range of artists, asking them about their work and their process and having them create art assignments for the audience to complete. The assignments range from sculptural (like “Embarrassing Object”) to performance (“Become a Sci-Fi Character”) to photographic (“Sorted Books”) to textile (“Make a Rug”), are usually flexible in terms of medium, and require no formal artistic skill. Combining full-color pictures of contemporary art; art history; and a variety of fun, thoughtful, and inspiring project ideas, this book is perfect for artists both practiced and emerging. 

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ISBN: 9780143134091
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Published: Penguin Books - April 14th, 2020


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