June 28, 2013

L I F E / Summer Studying / 3 Book Recommendations

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Honestly, my opinion is that a lot of diplomas are overrated (not talking about the surgeons and the lawyers). Specially in creative fields, having a diploma doesn't always mean you are qualified, not having a diploma doesn't always mean you're not. It is just very important to keep educating yourself, and never stop learning. Even during summer. So here are three of book recommendations, 01 a must read, 02 my favorite and 03 my latest.

01 / But is it Art / Cynthia Freeland
This is an introduction for everyone who is interested in art theory. The book starts with a statement that sums it all up; 'This book is about what art is, what it means and why we value it'. I specially like how it is written, very clear, simple, easy and full of humor. You'll get through it in no time.

02 / My Dear Bomb / Yohji Yamamoto
One of, if not, my favorite book. It is that entirely black book, the most worn down of the bunch as it has travelled a lot and has been borrowed a lot. Every time I read it I discover new things that I hadn't payed much attention to before. Filled with short stories, quotes, letters and sketches about Yohji's life and work.

03 / White wash / Nicholas Alan Cope
My most recent book purchase, 86 pages of visual bliss, geometrical black and white images of architecture. Besides a two paragraph explanation by the author and a foreword by Rick Owens, there is no text. Although I only know the Californian landscapes through cliche images in movies, this book highlights an entirely different modern point of view.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome books! Thanks for the recommendations, I ordered Yohji's book right away!

Chantelle said...

I love posts like this! I wouldn't mind reading about Yohi's life, it's going on my list as well.

bellandsmokey said...

A beautiful image - you capture light so nicely in everything you do.

And added all three books to my must-read list!

Toni said...

I completely agree with you. If I could do it all over again I wouldn't take the whole education/university route but try and get as much experience and inspiration as possible. x

Fleur said...

I agree with your point on certification. When it comes to the arts, talent and drive can take a person farther than a diploma in a come cases. As for the books, thanks! Will definitely be checking them out.

Svart-Vit-Stil

Lens & anything Else said...

what about the engineers :)? Totally agree with your diplomas idea!
now I'm curious to read the Yamamoto one...

Christian said...

im def gna get the one by Yohji.

christian | my blog :
www.christianyuen.blogspot.com
greetings from hong kong
peace. x

chou said...

Chinese version for My Dear Bomb will come out on this July 1st, I've already ordered it. I can't wait to get the book and read it! Thank you for your recommendations:-)

Karen Buckley said...

Hey nice post, love the books too!

In terms of the diploma stuff, experience is key.

Experience and a diploma = essential!

I am studying a creative degree and it takes a lot more of my time a lot more effort than some of my friends doing degrees in areas like law.

Karen @ Quarter-Life Creative

Karina De Jesus said...

Thank you for sharing, Ivania! I absolutely agree with your point- organised education does no always mean good education. You have to always grow on your own.

Pernille said...

I love reading, so I'll might be reading those books this summer!

Latisha Campbell said...

definitely gonna check some of these out!! you've made me love the colour white so much aha!

http://bornwithstyleandsense.blogspot.co.uk/

My little fashion thoughts said...

Awesome !! I actually wanna write my thesis on "white in architecture" so this is a great inspiration for me ! Thanks a lot :D

x Selma

Anonymous said...

always wondered what you read

Anny Barros said...

I will try My Dear Bomb!

nasty-lady.blogspot.com

TeuntjeVDW said...

Breathtaking image! xx.

Helen Dushko said...
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Helen Dushko said...

can't be more agree with u about education and knowledge, it's all up to ourselves to expand our own boundaries but not the formal diploma or univesity etc.
Thanx for sharin' such an inspirin' infomration, I'm lookin' forward to read these books, they seem to be a treasure!
www.helendushko.com

Helen
xx

Sarah said...

Great recommendations! I saw Notebook on Cities and Clothes and really enjoyed it. There's something so beautiful, soulful, and serene about Yohji, and his quotes are always so thought-provoking, so I can't wait to finally get my hands on My Dear Bomb.

Funambulatoire said...

AHAHA

I see that you made your own cover for the Cynthia Freeland book . I like yours better than the original, i must say. Not inspired by the flashy cow ? Me neither.

Cool idea. I will definitly check them out.

Jasmina Gelsominastar said...

Thanks for suggesting us these books :)!I must take a note of them.
Many greetings...

Duck said...

Argh, I've had My Dear Bomb on my shelf for like a year now and I've still not read it! What is wrong with me...

e said...

thanks-checked out my dear bomb on amazon-looks like a great read. i have always been an admirer of his work-used to pass his shop in soho every day on my way to work but never went in, a mix of being intimidated and never having enough free time. i am thinking of ordering the book!

Coffee Republic and Cakes said...

have you watched "Notebook On Cities And Clothes" by Wim Wenders? you might like in (in case you haven't).
xx

e said...

hi again, i just wanted you to know i picked up "my dear bomb" -- can't thank you enough for the recommendation, it is truly one of those 'life changing' books...has really cemented a lot of ideas i've had about design/art/aesthetics...love it when that happens! also, it has me thinking about clothes, accessories, and creativity in a whole new way.