Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Mar 17, 2014

Bibliocraft Release Party!

Since I moved to New York, I've been on a quest for quiet.  It's so loud here, and the chaos and crowds can often seem overwhelming. At least a few days of the month, I go to the New York Public Library, to write and catch up on deadlines, amidst the quiet tables in the Rose Reading room.   Of course, I've also spent countless hours there researching images and ideas for my artwork.  Like the Chicago Public Libary (which I waxed on about here) the NYPL has an incredible collection of images, objects, and information.  

You can't imagine how thrilled I was when Jessica Pigza, the special collections libarary at the NYPL, reached out to me to ask me to contribute to her beautiful new book, Bibliocraft.   Since that first meeting,  we've met for tea and talked about the book writing process and become friends.  She herself is amazing- a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration.   We share an editor, and one day, while sitting in my (our) editor's office a few weeks ago, I got a little preview of this beautiful book.  It is so beautiful- and I can't wait to get my hands on my very own copy this Wednesday  (tomorrow) at the book release party.  It's being held at the Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, and all the details (and RSVP info) can be found over on Jessica's blog.  I hope you can make it!

I contributed a project that was inspired by the library's collection of maps, which required several meetings with the library's Geo-Spatial librarian, who laid out a huge table full of antique maps of Manhattan, complete with plot lines of the farms that once were the upper east side.  What a day! In the end the project pays homage to antique maps, and to my Grandma, who died a year ago last week, and whose birthday (91st) would have been this Wednesday.

Oct 27, 2010

Library Time and a Giveaway.....

I've got piles of books about embroidery, but every time I find myself at the thrift store, or, better yet, a library book sale (aren't those the best?) I look for more.  My friend Janae Easton found  this gem at a flea market in Florida and it's one of my favorites, if for no other reason than it's got a beautiful linen cover (but it gets better).
Mariska Karasz's drawings are whimsical and inspired, and the directions are clearly illustrated and easy to understand.  The wide selection of chain stitches is particularly lovable.   I recently found another book about the artist at the library and discovered more of her work....
From beautifully illustrated posters advertising her fashion designs, to whimsical embroideries and beautiful line studies, this book is a treasure.   The peach in the collection is surely this beautiful portrait of her daughter, Roszika.  I love the patterned background and those perfectly embroidered lips.
What are your favorite books on embroidery?  Do you have a special go to guide when you can't remember the bullion stitch or the woven picot?  Is there an artist who's work makes you swoon?   Leave a comment with your book recommendation, and when the new sampler comes out (Tomorrow!) I will pick one at random to receive a free copy at 8pm Central Time.  One comment per person, but please feel free to leave more than one book tip.