On the top is Suz's new book Kaleidoscope. I haven't actually read much of it -- but the graphics, art and images are amazing. And what I have read is delightfully inspiring. Suz has a casual, creative way of writing and I am sure I will be referring to it regularly. One of the things I like about this book is that it is filled with the work and words of many wonderful artists -- who haven't been published in every book and magazine. You know who I mean. I love them all too -- but how wonderful to see some fresh names. Sonji is there as is Susan Tuttle who I just barely missed meeting when I lived in Maine. Suz also publishes Artitude. I've got an article in the upcoming issue.
Then there is the Creative Quilting book which chronicles the journal quilt project over the past several years. It's about 7 inches thick -- ok, that's an exageration, but it is FULL of amazing stuff. Many bloggers are represented there too! I can only stand to flip through a couple of pages before I have so many new ideas I have to put the book down and rush to the studio.
And then there is Design: A Lively Guide to Design for Artists and Craftspeople. Sarah has been blogging about this book lately. I've only skimmed, but it's really excellent. It's clean, simple, fresh, and consice, and yet FULL of information.
How is it that I have only skimmed these new treasures? I've been catching up on magazines too. I must say, I really enjoy Cloth Paper Scissors. I think I've used the adjective "fresh" about three times in this post so far... but it's fresh too! Also full of great new voices balanced with some wonderfully respected artists. I am thrilled that CPS and QA are going to 6 issues per year. Except then I'll never get to the stack of books!