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My Favourite Books About Art and Creativity
Kirsty Hall "kmhlamia"
Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home
"I love this book, it's one that I return to time and time again. A really delightful little book about spirituality, art, the power of stories and images in our lives. Small but perfectly formed!"
Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish
"Not as good as Everyday Sacred but still very readable and thought-provoking."
Creating a Life Worth Living: A Practical Course in Career Design for Aspiring Writers, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians and Others
"This is quite simply the best career advice book for creative people that I've ever read! That makes it sound dull, in fact it's anything but. Utterly indispensible, I wouldn't be without it."
Advice to Young Artists in a Postmodern Era
"This is one for practising artists. It is American based and some of what he says only really applies to painters but it is still a good book on how to survive in the contemporary art world."
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
"This is the best book on creative practise that I've read. First time round this didn't grab me, the second time I read it, it completely blew me away. Clearly one to come back to again and again."
Originals: American Women Artists
"This is a brilliant book of interviews with American women artists. I always prefer art books where the artists talk about their work, rather than the critics dissecting and analysing it."
"A really fascinating study of the way that artist's studios have changed through history. I can't believe it's out of print!"
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers
"Just lovely. A poetic little book about a fascinating concept. Definitely on my Christmas list for this year."
IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS
"A delightfully thoughtful little book, the author sometimes comes across as overly nostalgic but it is still a fascinating insight into a very different aesthetic."
Baroque Baroque: The Culture of Excess
"For those more decadent moments! A lush book that is actually a surprisingly serious look at the role of the baroque in the 20th century."
Gothic: Four hundred years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin
"I read this around the same time as the Baroque book. It's a good overall view of the way in which the gothic has acted as a counterbalance to rationalism in Western society. Very readable."
Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties
"Another book where the artists are interviewed. This provides a good introduction to the ideas behind performance art."
Well-tuned Women: Growing Strong Through Voicework
"A good book of essays by different women. I read this when I was doing a lot of research into voice and performance art but it would be useful for anyone interested in the power of the human voice."
Angry Women (Re/Search ; 13)
"A classic, it first got me interested in performance art. Really in-depth interviews with a bunch of talented, exciting women."
Annie Sprinkle Post Porn Modernist: My Twenty Five Years as a Media Whore: Post Porn Modernist - My Twenty Five Years as a Multi-media Whore
"Is it really art? Who cares when it's the Divine Ms Sprinkle!"
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