Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Reading List

I gave myself a book list for the winter and I am steadily reading my way through it. Here are the titles I am in the middle of, planning to read, or have finished since December:

Evocative Objects (above) edited by Sherry Turkle includes essays from artists, scientists, and humanists about the importance and meaning of favorite objects.

The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield details information for creating and keeping a successful career in the arts.

Dorothea Pruhl: Colliers edited by Florian Hufnagl with text by Renate Luckner-Bien describes the necklaces of one of my favorite jewelers, accompanied by lots of huge, beautiful pictures.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Life and Work by Susanne Lange discusses the life and work of the Bechers who photographed an industrial landscape including water towers, factories, and grain elevators.

Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart and Susan North offers an almost scientific view of costume details like darts, draping, and pinking.

The Language of Ornament by James Trilling discusses the history and meaning of ornament.

Do you have a title you think I might like? Please send me an email ( and share your recommendation. I am always on the look out for good books!

Thanks for reading.


Nicola Louise Reed said...

Thanks for posting this - I'm curious to read Evocative Objects as I too have been looking for some new jewellery related books! I can suggest "The Secret Lives of Inanimate Objects" another on my "to read" list as it was recommended by my tutor! xxx

Amy Tavern said...

It is a fantastic read and I learned so much. I loved it! Thanks for the suggestion - it's on my list now, too!

Lisette said...

thanks for posting new books Amy, I need some new ones. OH and I like the redesign of your blog, looks really good.