Heather Ross—a wildly gifted illustrator, author, and textile designer—was born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in rural Vermont. It is easy to see from her delightful designs—fabric with whimsical fish, dandelions, flowers, and, yes, frogs on it, for example—that she grew up surrounded by natural beauty and creative living, but I had no idea that her youth was also defined by nearly inescapable poverty and little exposure to basic life skills. I can’t wait to read Heather’s stories about her upbringing and her road to becoming a super-successful DIYer and entrepreneur.
The gorgeous blossoms of spring and summer can last forever with designs from this lovely book. Our staff audibly gasped when we first looked at the delicate flowers Cetti shows readers how to make from paper. Modern and beautiful, there’s nothing dowdy about these blooms. The title holds true: this book is truly exquisite.
Todd Selby’s latest bright, kaleidoscopic, and totally gorgeous book showcases the world of fashion, providing a glimpse into the studios and inspirations of some of the most creative minds designing today. From people you’ll know to people to watch, from the everyday to the avant-garde, this is an intimate glimpse into a brilliant, dazzling world. I dare you to look through this book and not come away wanting to create something!
What’s not to love about summer? Long days, blue (sometimes foggy!) skies, and endless horizons. Summertime collects more than 100 photographs that capture the essence of the season from emerging and acclaimed photographers like Joel Meyerowitz and Martin Parr. Dreamy images of sandy toes, beautiful beaches, and blue water are paired with quotes from luminaries including Emily Dickinson and Diane Arbus, creating a capsule of perfect summer moments.
Jude Stewart, a design expert and writer, digs into the rich subject of color with gusto. What color is the universe? We might say it’s black, but astrophysicists think it might be turquoise. Unless it’s beige. To read about color from Jude Stewart is to unlock a whole different way of looking at the world around us—and bringing it all vividly to life.
From the best-selling author Thomas Cahill (How the Irish Saved Civilization), another popular history, this one focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world. “Cahill writes passionately about the era’s transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
What is art’s purpose? In this engaging and lively new book, best-selling philosopher Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life) and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and—above all else—therapeutic for their viewers. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties by guiding us, consoling us, and helping us better understand ourselves.
What do you want to do before you die? Artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building with chalkboard paint and asked her neighbors this question. Within a day of the wall’s completion it was covered, as people stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 200 walls have been created by people all over the world. Filled with our hopes, fears, humor, and heartbreak, this inspiring book is a celebration of these walls. “Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O Magazine