Tessa Watson if the founder of OGAARD Gallery, a materials-focused art space in Oakland, California. Tessa shared this about her list: "This summer, the curious gossip inside me has led me down the path of biographies. Biographies of artists, designers, and other creatives. I think I am craving the reassurance of the highs and lows that are such a common experience of those working in any field , but especially in creative fields. As you might see from this list, I am particlaly interested in the work and experience of women in art and design. My experience in having ØGAARD has also given me a lot of interest in ideas of presentation and use of space - which encompasses a lot of influence...
The London Centre for Book Arts is a project by artists Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura. The Centre opened in 2012, the studio supports and promotes book arts and artist-led publishing, offering access to resources and a space for knowledge sharing. Taking cues from other 'book centres' Goode and Yonemura have tried to re-imagine and build a new model for this type of service from the ground up. They do really beautiful work, and their new tote bag is going everywhere with us our own summer wanderings this year.
Ruby Woodhouse is a UK-based designer/photographer who works across several disciplines. Fashion styling, interiors work (including work with the impeccable furniture project 1 9 3 4), and vintage clothing collections are just the beginning of her creative métier. We were thrilled when Ruby brought aspects of these pursuits to her gorgeous list, one of the most beautiful we've ever received.
Taylor Davis-Van Atta is the founder and editor-in chief of Music & Literature magazine, "with offices in Montpelier, Vermont, and Paris". Taylor's reading list is a lot like his magazine: a serious and fascinating overview of the arts that bypasses the obvious with a breadth and depth that won't insult anyone's intelligence. I, for one, am rushing after several of his recommendations already, and M&L issue 6 is definitely being added to my reading this summer as well.
Amy Audet-Arcand is one to watch. A student and artist, she first caught our eye with her fantastic Instagram feed, containing her paintings, drawings, sculptures and inspirations. Based in Montreal, Amy fell in love with Surrealist literature while traveling in Paris, finding the movement's close ties between art & writing irresistible.