Books

The Making of a Rag Doll

by Anh-Minh on September 5, 2014

jessbrown1Since launching Anthology four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and write about people whose work I’ve long admired. Among them is Jess Brown; her work, studio, and home are featured in Issue No. 16/Summer 2014. The Petaluma, California-based maker of artisan rag dolls also offers home and apparel collections—and now she can add “author” to her list of accomplishments!

Jess’ book, The Making of a Rag Doll: Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms, which includes photographs by Tristan Davison, came out just a few days ago. It includes patterns and instructions for creating your own rag dolls and ensembles for them. I’m excited to try my hand at the projects, and am thinking that they’ll make some excellent holiday gifts this year.

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{ All photos from The Making of a Rag Doll }

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Some of you may already be aware of this—before Anthology became a thing, the magazine’s creative director, Meg Mateo Ilasco, launched the “Inc.” creative business series with Chronicle Books. The latest book is coming out in just a couple of weeks (August 12 to be exact): Art Inc., written by one of my favorite local artists, Lisa Congdon, and edited by Meg. For anyone who has ever had an interest in a career as an artist, it’s a must-read.

To celebrate the book’s release, Lisa and Meg are doing something rather brilliant: On Tuesday, August 12, from 5-6 p.m. (PT), they’re teaming up with Creative Live for a live online book release event. So what does that mean? Meg and Lisa will be sitting down to discuss Lisa’s own path to becoming a professional fine artist and illustrator. There will be a live online broadcast, and anyone can participate. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can actually be a member of the studio audience!

Here’s how you can be a part of the event:

  • RSVP to WATCH ONLINE: To get online access to the event—it’s free—RSVP here.
  • SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE LIVE AUDIENCE: If you are in the Bay Area and would like to attend, sign up here. Tickets are free, and there are 50 seats available. After the broadcast, Lisa will be signing copies of Art Inc. from 6-7 p.m. (You’ll be able to purchase a copy at the event if you don’t already have one.)

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P.S. If you’re a fan of Lisa’s as well, I hope you caught her house tour  in Issue No. 14/Winter 2014! We also posted some outtakes earlier this year.

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Motion Silhouette

by Joanna on July 23, 2014

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Shadow play can be truly magical—something that Japanese designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima explore in their Motion Silhouette book. By experimenting with pop-up pages, illustration, and gray scale, the duo has created something special and exciting. With this project, they sought to convey “changing the perception of the book using its surroundings’ and plays with shadows and light to create an ever changing landscape.” As the reader turns the page, new worlds are created based on the position of the page and the surrounding light, making this a book that evolves with the reader. All I know is that you don’t have to be a child to enjoy pop-up books now!

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{ Images via Motion Silhouette via This Is Colossal }

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Get Back Stay Back

by Anh-Minh on July 17, 2014

getstay1In producing 16 issues of Anthology—No. 16 will be out soon!—our team has met a lot of wonderful, creative people. Among them is Joseph Conway; he and his wife Jenny shared their story about relocating from San Francisco to Portland, Maine, in Issue No. 10 of the magazine. Joseph, a writer, penned the piece, entitled “Coast to Coast,” himself. And earlier this year, he completed a much larger writing project: his first book!

Get Back Stay Back features 13 families in Maine, representing a new generation of farmers and homesteaders who have embraced the back-to-the-land movement.  The book includes essays by Joseph and photos by Mark Yaggie, as well as sweet images from family archives. I love that Joseph chose to highlight two generations of the movement, so it’s also a compilation of family histories. It’s a fascinating read, especially, as Joseph puts it: “Some ideals unravel and others endure.” (The book is available in print and in electronic format.)

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The Yellow Table Cookbook

by Anh-Minh on July 2, 2014

AWCNew York-based private chef and food writer Anna Watson Carl has been contributing to Anthology for a while now, and I always enjoy working with her. So when I found out that she was self-publishing a cookbook, which shares a name with her blog, The Yellow Table, I was thrilled for her—and excited to see what she was going to put together. I love that she’s documenting the creation process at The Cookbook Diaries.

Last month, Anna embarked on a cross-country road trip, co-hosting gatherings along the way while also promoting the project. She launched a Kickstarter campaign—which ends July 15— to hopefully fund a fall printing. Knowing how delicious Anna’s food is, and seeing these photos from the cookbook, I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection!

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{ Black and white portrait by Eric Ryan Anderson; all food photography by Signe Birck }

 

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