Kayten Schmidt is an art director, creative consultant, and model living in Los Angeles. Browsing through Kayten's Instagram and blog it's easy to see why we're drawn to her visual sense (Cy Twombly to Kate Bush videos to 90s Jil Sander ads), and to see why she is quickly making a name for herself in Los Angeles' ever-evolving creative scene.
Nicole Patel is a fine artist living and working in the Hudson Valley. We hosted a show of Nicole's gorgeous plaster-and-cord sculptures earlier this year, and we love her work and the spirit that informs it (shown so well here in her reading list). Nicole also has a menswear shop with her husband in New York City called C’H’C’M’, which showcases her current work, and also hosts the Book/Shop New York location. Thanks, Nicole!
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 from archetecture, interior design, and furniture design.
I am going to be reading these books along with my friend Daisy Holman who is a research associate at the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation - it is always fun having someone to talk to about what you are reading, especially someone who might know a lot more about art history that you do. I'm sharing books at the Oakland Library's main branch, which happens to be a block and a half from my apartment in the Lake Merritt area of downtown Oakland."
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.
Tucker Nichols is a Northern California-based artist whose work is shown in major museums and galleries throughout the world. We love the color, wit, simplicity, and beauty of everything he does, wether it's a simple illustration for the New York Times, a sculpture made of everyday objects, a wall-sized painting or a children's book. He stretched the notion of summer reading list for our feature, saying this about it:
"Every time I stay in a cabin somewhere I fantasize about getting snowed in and having to read everything on the shelves over the course of six months or whenever the seal team repels in to airlift me out. So this tower of books is less what I’m reading this summer and more my own fantasy cabin library if I had my four year old daughter with me. All titles are books I own, compiled off the top of my head, and of course I’ve already thought of many more that should be on here. I’m also curious about what a book really is—before it’s read, while you're reading it, and after. Of course it’s a physical object, but more importantly, it's the idea of that thing, and so not so different from its title written on a scrap leftover from my paper trimmer. So this pile of strips is both something I just threw together and will now add to the recycling bin, and also the most important collection of things I’ll think about all day. How have these books changed me? Why do I still own them? How many will I go back to and reread? What are these things anyhow?"
Greg Lutze is the co-founder and "Chief Creative Officer" of the photo editing app, VSCO. Frequent visitors to our Oakland shop, the people at VSCO are based here, and their enthusiasm for and involvement in a wide range of creative work is contagious and evident every time they come in. Our favorite kinds of guests!
I was curious to see how Greg, a major mover in how the world presents their lives on Instagram, would present his own personal book suggestions, and I was pleasantly un-surprised that the photos are beautiful and that the books, from a self-described "avid bookworm", were all 100% solid summer reading.