The Big Latvian Mushroom Book
Citation: Dāniele, Inita and Diāna Meiere. The Big Latvian Mushroom Book. Latvijas Dabas muzejs, Karšu izdevniecība Jāņa sēta, 2020.
“Lielā Latvijas sēņu grāmata” ir pats vērienīgākais izdevums par sēnēm latviešu valodā. Grāmatā ir ietverts vairāk nekā 730 sēņu sugu aprakstu ar fotogrāfijām. Veidojot izdevumu, vēlējāmies rosināt lasītāju interesi par sēnēm un to daudzveidību, tādēļ grāmatā ir pievērsta uzmanība kā tradicionālajām cepurīšu sēnēm, tā arī citām sēņu grupām, aptverot gan biežāk sastopamas, gan neparastākas un reti sastopamas sēnes – pūpēžus, piepes, korallenes, receklenes, kaussēnes, rumpučus, pazemes sēnes un daudzas citas makroskopiskās sēnes.
The Great Latvian Mushroom Book is the largest edition of mushrooms in Latvian. The book contains descriptions of more than 730 species of fungi with photographs. When creating the publication, we wanted to stimulate readers’ interest in mushrooms and their diversity, so the book focuses on both traditional cap mushrooms and other groups of mushrooms, covering both the most common and unusual and rare mushrooms – beetles, swamps, coral, , tufts, underground mushrooms and many other macroscopic mushrooms.
Bela Cozinha – da Raiz à Flor: A New Look at Everyday Ingredients
Citation: Gil, Bela. Bela Cozinha – da Raiz à Flor: A New Look at Everyday Ingredients. Style Globe, 2019.
Summary: Nossas escolhas e práticas alimentares podem mudar o mundo, ajudar a evitar o desperdício e a economizar recursos. Neste livro, Bela Gil propõe um novo olhar para os ingredientes já presentes no nosso dia a dia: raízes, cascas, talos, folhas, sementes, flores etc. Em receitas como Caponata de coração de bananeira, Curry de sementes de jaca, Doce crocante de casca de coco e Suco de folha de limoeiro, aprenda a usar os alimentos de forma integral, da raiz à flor.
Our food choices and practices can change the world, help prevent waste and save resources. In this book, Bela Gil proposes a new look at the ingredients that are already present in our daily lives: roots, bark, stalks, leaves, seeds, flowers, etc. In recipes such as Banana Heart Caponata, Jackfruit Seed Curry, Coconut Bark Crunchy Jam and Lemon Leaf Juice, learn to use foods fully, from root to flower.
A Mythology of Circles
Citation: Kanaan, Faten. A Mythology of Circles. Fire Records M1840157, 2020, vinyl album.
Summary: ‘A Mythology of Circles’ is the new album from Brooklyn-based composer and musical artist Faten Kanaan, her first to be released on Fire Records. Cyclical patterns and ‘variation through repetition’ are central to Faten’s music. Harmony and counterpoint are composed intuitively and treated as narrative tools – with sound, silence, and the resulting mystical relationship between notes used as gestures to tell a wordless story. The album is separated into a ‘dusk to evening’ side, and an ‘underworld/dream-state’ side; highlighting the myths of Ishtar, Inanna, Orpheus, Persephone, and others.
Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material
Citation: Robinson, Sara C., Julia C. Robinson and Hans Michaelsen. Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material. Schiffer Publishing, 2016.
Summary: For the first time, the history of spalted wood – wood coloration caused by fungi – is detailed in a comprehensive resource covering the science, the history, and the applications of spalting. Featuring 870 photos and photomicrographs, this resource goes back 700 years to the beginning of written records of spalting, and follows its evolution from closely guarded guild secret to scientific curiosity to a mainstream art form. Robinson, the leading world expert in spalting and founder of the topic’s essential reference site northernspalting.com, also presents an introductory guide to spalted woods from around the world. Along with supplier lists and an in-depth look at the most current, groundbreaking research in spalting today, there are full-color photos of spalted works from renowned artists like Mark Lindquist, David Ellsworth, Silas Kopf, and James Krenov, spanning the full spectrum of spalting colors and uses in woodcraft.
Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas
Citation: Dumas, Henry, Eugene B. Redmond, John Keene. Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas. Coffee House Press, 2021.
Summary: African Futurism, Gothic Romance, Ghost Story, Parable, Psychological Thriller, Inner-Space Fiction—Dumas’s stories form a vivid, expansive portrait of Black life in America. Henry Dumas’s fabulist fiction is a masterful synthesis of myth and religion, culture and nature, mask and identity, the present and the ancestral. From the Deep South to the simmering streets of Harlem, his characters embark on real, magical, and mythic quests. Humming with life, Dumas’s stories create a collage of mid-twentieth-century Black experiences, interweaving religious metaphor, African cosmologies, diasporic folklore, and America’s history of slavery and systemic racism.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Citation: Solnit, Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost. New York: Viking Press, 2005.
Summary: Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit’s life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments
Citation: Recker, Keith and Lidewij Edelkoort. True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments. Thrums, 2019.
Summary: True Colors is about artists who create color from natural materials and about the historical importance and environmental sustainability of this practice. Deep conversations with twenty-eight artisans from every part of the globe reveal their wisdom, traditions, and know-how – and suggest that we ignore what they know at our peril. Traditional approaches to making color offer sustainable options to a fashion system badly in need of them and memorable cultural narratives to a world hungry for beauty and spirituality. True Colors provides an immersive visual experience and an inspiring travelogue of personal stories and practical information from artists who are leaving their mark on the world.
The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine
Citation: Parker, Rozsika. The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine. London/New York: I. B. Tauris, 2017.
Summary: This classic evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today’s dynamic and expanding crafts movements. This new edition brings the book up to date with exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as the work of new young female and male embroiderers. Rozsika Parker uses household accounts, women’s magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalization of women’s work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women’s experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women.
The Secret Lives of Color
Citation: St. Clair, Kassia. The Secret Lives of Color. Penguin Books, 2017.
Summary: The unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book, Kassia St. Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from (whether Van Gogh’s chrome yellow sunflowers or punk’s fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilization. Across fashion and politics, art and war, the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture.
An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour: The Harvard Art Museums’ Forbes Pigment Collection
Citation: Finlay, Victoria, Capucine Labarthe, Narayan Khandekar and Trinder Kingston. An Atlas of Rare and Familiar Colour: The Harvard Art Museums’ Forbes Pigment Collection. Atelier Éditions, 2018.
Summary: The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums possesses over 2,500 of the world’s rarest pigments. Visually and anthropologically excavating the extraordinary collection, this book examines the providence, composition, symbology and application of the artifacts. It also explores the larger field of chromatics, utilizing a variety of theoretical frameworks to interpret the collection anew.
Terre et feuilles / Earth and leaves
Citation: Fofana, Aboubakar. Terre et Feuilles / Earth and leaves. Paris: Flammarion, 2020.
Summary: Born in Mali and raised in France, Aboubakar Fofana is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose working mediums include calligraphy, textiles and natural dyes. He is known for his work in reinvigorating and redefining West African indigo dyeing techniques, and much of his focus is devoted to the preservation and reinterpretation of traditional West African textile and natural dyeing techniques and materials.
Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home
Citation: Vejar, Kristine and Adrienne Rodriguez with Sarah Ollikkala Jones. Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home. New York, NY: Abrams, 2020.
Summary: From the bestselling author of The Modern Natural Dyer comes an in-depth guide to natural dyeing techniques from around the world. Journey to Iceland, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia, and learn new ways to incorporate natural elements into your dyeing practice with your own locally grown and foraged materials. Explore different techniques for creating four hundred shades of color, working with indigo, barks from a variety of trees, persimmons, marigolds, mushrooms, and more, on fibers including wool, silk, cotton, and linen. With projects and stories that highlight the beauty of each country’s practices, Journeys in Natural Dyeing offers more ways to add color to your home and your wardrobe.
Light blue desire : a manual for the color blue
Citation: Duzant, Magali. Design by Elana Schlenker. Light blue desire : a manual for the color blue. Conveyor Editions, 2018.
Summary: Light Blue Desire investigates the fluidity of language by lyrically mapping the elusive use of the word blue across different languages. The collection of idioms reveals a compendium of contradictions; concepts around a color that is both high and low, peaceful and pornographic, melancholic and manipulative, and consistently voted the world’s favorite color. How and why does blue seep into our speech, color our thoughts, lap into our languages?
The book’s format and typography draw influence from technical manuals, while the chapter design nods to the cyanometer, an eighteenth-century hand-painted instrument used to measure the blueness of the sky. These elements are balanced by the whimsical design of the blue idioms, which mimic the inherent nature of the idiom itself—an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.
Citation: Nelson, Maggie. Bluets. Wave Books, 2009.
Summary: A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and responding to, the divergent voices and preoccupations of such generative figures as Wittgenstein, Sei Shonagon, William Gass and Joan Mitchell. Bluets further confirms Maggie Nelsons place within the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.