Sunday, June 13, 2010

Book Guild - Chapter 10

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Secret Sunday was the first project and the links to all the secrets can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The Book Guild is the second project and Chapter 10 starts right now!

All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. The Book Guild will present this list, along with links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And as members of The Guild, I am hoping YOU will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed book.

Chapter 10: Countdown

Shirley Ende-Saxe recommended the book Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton because, she said, "it makes me feel so good about being small-time."

Seven Days in the Art World


Rhomany (AKA Klair Scattergood) included 1000 Journals Project by Brian 'Someguy' Singer as a favorite.

1000 Journals Project


Terry Rafferty selected 500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form published by Lark Books as one of her favorites. In fact, she added, that she likes the entire 500 series.

500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form (500 Series)


&rew borloz selected 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew by Garth Johnson as one of his favorite books.

1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (1000 Series)


As one of her favorite books, Regina Dwarkasing included Art Quilts: A Celebration: 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs published by Lark Books and with an introduction by Robert Shaw.

Art Quilts: A Celebration: 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs


Among the books that Tracie Huskamp selected as favorites was 5 by Dan Zadra.



As part of her list of favorites Jayne Harnett-Hargrove
selected both One Needle, One Thread: Miao (Hmong) Embroidery and Fabric Piecework from Guizhou, China by Tomoko Torimaru...

One Needle, One Thread: Miao (Hmong) embroidery and fabric piecework from Guizhou, China

...and 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dali.

50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship


1000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations by Dawn DeVries Sokol was listed as a favorite by three of the participants: Frances Pullara, Rhomany, and Ingrid Dijkers, who said "I just can’t get enough of this book. I love the diversity of work and never tire of looking at it all."

1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations (1000 Series)

Dawn was kind enough to share some thoughts with The Altered Page about her book. "1000 Artist Journal Pages was a great opportunity for me that couldn't have come along at a better time. I wanted to create a book that would inspire ME, so that's what I did. It amazed me that I received submissions from all over the world, including Beirut and Iceland. And it reminded me that we are ALL the same, we all want the same things in life. Creativity is EVERYWHERE, in every corner of the world, which makes it SO beautiful!"

You can visit Dawn here on her blog or click here to be taken to a series of posts on Dawn's blog to read about the making of 1000 AJP.


Studio Sylvia said...

Wonderful selections for an artist's bookshelf. No end to good reads - such a varied collection.
In Melbourne tonight, 1000 Journals is programmed for television viewing at 7.33pm, on ABCTWO. Should be engaging viewing. Thanks Seth for the post.

Studio Sylvia said...

Actually just checked the documentary and it is not related to the book in your post. Still should be interesting. My mistake.

Marit said...

Great selection and some major inspiration - I'm going to check some of those books out now! Thanks!

Shona Cole said...

it is always interesting to see what other folks are reading. some of those I have not heard of.... off to Amazon :)

Commuter's Journal said...

Another list of intriguing and inspiring books. Thanks, Seth!

Shirley Ende-Saxe said...

Thanks for the book selections, now I know what to buy for summer reading!

stregata said...

I have 500 Handmade Books and 1000 Artist Journal Pages in my inspiration library! I never tire of looking through them!

Anonymous said...

these look fantastic -- i only own two of the books posted, and just rushed over to amazon to add "one needle, one thread" to my wishlist -- i think i'll have to purchase that one next. thank you, seth!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have the joy of owning the 1000 Artists Journal Pages. It is currently out on loan to a friend, but I enjoy it a lot, even though I don't actually journal.

Since I'm a big recycler, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew is something I must find. Thanks for sharing it. I'm sure I'm not alone in adding this to my wish list.

Jill Z said...

Another wonderful post of suggested readings. Love hearing from Dawn on her book. I have the book Five and when I saw the title recommended by Tracie, I grabbed the book off my shelf and started reading it. Hadn't finished it the first time, but I'm already half way done this time around and feel it is a life changer already! Don't you love how the world of coincidences works!

tracyozzie said...

Awesome selection of art books. I have some of them. Enjoy quite a few of them on my own bookshelves.

Chris said...

Okay, WOW. I always write down the titles from here, so I can go examine books I've never seen before, and revisit favorites. The Dali book--wow.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I'd love the get my hands on all of these books and spend a long period of time buried in the pages!

Circumstance means it's been so long since I created, I am home but not at the same time. Maybe a good book is just what I need!

Anonymous said...

My wallet will not thank you for this series, I have a hunch.

*All* of the 500 series books are great! Such a wide spectrum of styles in each of them