MFA studies at Open College of the Arts:

Heartney, Eleanor. Art & Today. London: Phaidon, 2008. Print.

~ Basically my MA handbook.  I've been referring to this book for all three years of my MFA course work, papers, and inspiration.  It contains any and all information in regards to modern art, movements, styles, mediums, etc.  I always have it around and have read it cover to cover.

Interviews - Artists : Recordings from Cv/VAR Archive 2010.  2010.  Kindle.

~ This ebook contains many interviews with several modern artists.  Several of these artists (chapters) were assigned over the past three years of my MFA and I have found that reading about other artists' methods and practices has been helpful to build my own practice.

"Visual Methodologies 3rd Edition (ebook) by Gillian Rose." Sage, 2012. Web. 03 Nov. 2015.

~ Another book key to my 3 year MFA program.  This book was helpful to build the art discourse that is expected at an advanced level of art studies.  Lots of information regarding art in relation to humans, society, and the individual. 

Elkins, James. Stories of Art. New York: Routledge, 2002. Kindle.

~ This book is in the exact same area as 'Visual Methodologies' for me.  Key to discourse in the arts and addressing much the same topics too.  Elkins is continually referenced in others' art writings and tends to swim in the art historian end of the pool.

Bickers, Patricia, and Andrew Wilson. Talking Art: Interviews with Artists since 1976. London: Art Monthly, 2007. Print.

~The most through compilation of interviews with artists across the spectrum.  Interesting to read making and process of others...what they find helpful and how they find inspiration.

Past studio practices:

Farr, Ian. Memory. London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2012. Print.

~ Essays by artists regarding the role of memory in their works.

Vartanian, Oshin, Adam S. Bristol, and James C. Kaufman. Neuroscience of Creativity. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

~Great book on where all of our creativity comes from and why it's there...very human biology and science-y.

Jones, Caroline A., and Bill Arning. Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2006. Print.

~Lots of great artists embracing the art/technology space.  Also their role within the art world.

Porter, Jenelle, and Glenn Adamson. Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present. N.p.: Prestel, 2014. Print.

~Fantastic book that accompanied a fantastic traveling exhibition that includes most of the big name fiber artists (mostly American).  Also placing fiber art within the fine arts and less the craft.

Gordon, Beverly. Textiles - the Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance. London: Thames & Hudson, 2011. Print.

~Very informative from antiquity to present, the history and use of textiles.  This book emphasizes the significance of textiles in the world; why are they made and what function do they serve.

Pedrosa, Adriano, Laura Hoptman, and Jens Hoffmann. Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation. N.p.: Phaidon, 2014. Print.

~This is an attractive book with many names current in contemporary sculpture.  It really just covers the artists and blurbs about them...not fab for the whys and hows of sculpture as a medium.

Lind, Maria, ed. Abstraction. N.p.: MIT, 2013. Print. Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art.

~A collection of essays by artists and writers on the topic of abstraction.  I found this to be a bit more helpful in the kind of thinking involved with abstraction.

Daubner, Ernestine, and Louise Poissant. Art Et Biotechnologies. Sainte-Foy, Québec: Presses De L'Université Du Québec, 2005. Print.

~Fantastic book on art, technology, and bio technology.  Includes artists and their works, as well as great descriptions, explanations, and bios.  

Monem, Nadine, and Faye Robson. Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing. London: Hayward Gallery, 2013. Print.

~Curiosity based on a collection of photos opposite one or two paragraphs explaining what we are viewing.  A strange and wonderful collection or cabinet of curiosities in book form.

Technique and skill building:

Berensohn, Paulus. Finding One's Way with Clay; Pinched Pottery and the Color of Clay. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972. Print.

~An inspirational man with extremely helpful tips on handling clay...very zen.

Moorman, Theo. Weaving as an Art Form: A Personal Statement. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975. Print.

~Another inspirational read involving weaving techniques and tips from Ms. Moorman.

Loder, Claire. Sculpting and Handbuilding. N.p.: American Ceramic Society, 2013. Print.

~Fabulous techniques and examples of hand building with clay.  How to achieve forms, tips on finishing, etc.

Current studio practice:

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York: Hill and Wang, 1981. Print.

~The philosophy of Mr. Barthes on camera captured images.  Great thoughts on why we capture what we capture. Also, considering the values behind these images.  Inspirational and extremely helpful to my practice.

Frisby, John P., and James V. Stone. Seeing: The Computational Approach to Biological Vision. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2010. Print.

~Very science-y publication...for the true devotee to the science of seeing and how images communicate with the brain.  

Livingstone, Margaret. Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 2002. Print.

~Less science-y than Seeing, but still how and why we see what we see, with the added element of what we find aesthetically pleasing.

Najafi, Sina, ed. Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine. New York: Cabinet, 2012. Print.

~Reads very much like an encyclopedia for inspiration to artists.  A large tome of a book and covers all curious and interesting topics from 'international date lines' to 'spectroscopy.'  It is a publication of the Cabinet Magazine, which is published to cover one topic at a time in the service of artists etc.

Miller, Arthur I. Insights of Genius: Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art. New York, NY: Copernicus, 1996. Print.


Miller, Sanda. Constantin Brancusi. London: Reaktion, 2010. Print.

~A great insight into the life and art of Brancusi.  From what little information we have of his early practice and schooling, to the other artists he worked with, and how his shows came together later in his career.  This was a great source for explaining where his inspiration came from.

Artist that Writes:

Handley, Ann. Everybody Writes: Your Go-to Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Wiley, 2014. Web. 4 Mar. 2016.

~ A wonderful book with several helpful tips throughout on how to write.  Interesting and smart.  I have too many highlights in this book to just pick a few.  Works as a great reminder too.