As the first week at Penland progressed to week two, the piles of books on our studio meeting table (and the individual studio tables) have grown substantially. We have spoken of so many things and explored SO many ideas.  Here are a few of the volumes that have made their way into our conversations:


Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr.
FutureFashion White Papers From Earth Pledge Foundation
A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business (Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading) by Ari Weinzweig
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
On Writing by Steven King
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley
The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink


Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin
Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin
Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin
The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff
British Textiles: 1700 to The Present by Natalie Rothstein
The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont
Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico by Jorge Enciso
Drape Drape by Hisako Sato
Elegant Stitches by Judith Baker Montano
Erica Wilson’s Embroidery Book by Erica Wilson
Graphic Ornaments by Pepin Van Roojen
Japanese Detail: Traditional Costume and Fashion by Sadao Hibi
Indonesian Ornamental Design by The Pepin Press
Shape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways by Natsuno Hiraiwa
Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha


2,286 Traditional Stencil Designs by H. Roessing
376 Decorative Allover Patterns From Historic Tilework and Textiles by Charles Cahier and Arthur Martin
The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff
Borders, Frames and Decorative Motifs from the 1862 Derriey Typographic Catalog by Charles Derriey
Designer’s Notebook 13: Ref.-Book 3 by Belvedere (rare)
Designer’s Notebook 35: Ref.-Book 10 by Belvedere (rare)
Floral Design by Doverpictura
Fraktur mon Amour by Judith Schalansky,
Patterns/Motifs/Muster by Macarena San Martin
Patterns: New Surface Design by Drusilla Cole
Pictorial Archive of Geometric Designs by Wil Stegenga
Principles of Form and Design by Wucius Wong
Principles of Two-Dimensional Design by Wucius Wong
Racinet’s Historic Ornament in Full Color by Auguste Racinet


Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction by John Gage
Color Wheel: Color Mixing Guide from The Color Wheel Company
The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His Book The Art Color by Itten
Indigo, Madder & Marigold: A Portfolio of Colors from Natural Dyes by Trudy Van Stralen
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Arnett, Wardlaw, Livingston and Beardsley
Sean Scully: Paintings, Pastels, Watercolors, Photographs 1990-2000
Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes by Jenny Dean

3 comments on “REPORT FROM PENLAND: TUESDAY 7/17/12

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Click to read 3 comments
  1. Catherine

    Please, Please teach at Penland next year!!!! I will get my application in early! Sounds like too much fun, so much to learn, and I have been told that the food is also fantastic.