Bookshelf News

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
Timber Press, 2011
Paperback, 172 pages, $19.95

Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers -- achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer and CCA faculty member and MFA alum Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena

What Is Humble Pie?

Humble Pie is the undergraduate literary journal written and published by students enrolled in the Literature and Writing Program at California College of the Arts, which is part of the college's Humanities and Sciences Division.

Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Litmus Press, 2010
Paperback, 120 pages, $15

This is the third published book by Kate Colby (MFA Writing 2003), who won the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2007 for Fruitlands. The poet and artist Norma Cole observes: "Beauport opens windows framing history framing natural and unnatural settings (traffic, waves, skylines, sky). The work presents a series of displacements, smoke and mirror memory experiments, stitching together with anachronism the physical and the metaphysical. This is a fascinating book, composing and collapsing (wing, telescope), foregrounding subject, object and sightlines in between. With its architecture of vignettes, lullabies, hymns and fragments, Colby's Beauport constructs resistances, ever confronting its considered grace and precision in ripples of savory humors."

Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 by Jim Norrena

MBA in Design Strategy Student Annual 2009–10
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 92 pages

The Student Annual 2009–2010 is a collection of projects, articles, and documentation of the second year of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. The content was carefully curated to show off the best of students' work and demonstrate the skills and abilities resulting from the program. See CCA's MBA in Design Strategy at the college website to learn more about this successful and unique program.

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $25

The skyscraper is architecture's ultimate icon. The term itself conjures images of seemingly impossible, awe-inspiring loft, and as a design proposition the skyscraper raises some of architecture's biggest questions. Is it possible for a sense of community to develop among inhabitants of a vertical, stratified environment? What is the essence of a slender form? This book, the latest installment in CCA's Architecture Studio Series, documents several innovative answers by CCA students and faculty. It is designed by Mike Hu and Mai Ogiva, Graphic Design undergraduates in CCA's Sputnik studio, and edited by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Nataly Gattegno (Architecture faculty).

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brion Nuda Rosch
Little Paper Planes, 2010
Paperback, 90 pages, $24

Kelly Lynn Jones (MFA 2010, Painting/Drawing 2002), owner of the online artist store Little Paper Planes (which carries work by many CCA artists!), offers this survey of the San Francisco artist Brion Nuda Rosch as her first publishing venture. Foreword by Zachary Royer Scholz (MFA 2006, MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009).

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Exhibitionist no. 2
Archive Books, 2010
Magazine, 60 pages, $15 per issue

This new journal, edited by Jens Hoffmann (CCA Wattis Institute director) and published twice a year, is devoted entirely to the practice of exhibition making. It is made by curators, for curators; the objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns, encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating. This second issue includes essays by Jack Bankowsky (Artforum), Peter Eely (MoMA PS1), Okwui Enwezor (Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art), and Nato Thompson (Creative Time, New York).

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Michael McClure: Mysteriosos and Other Poems
New Directions, 2010
Paperback, 144 pages, $15.95

This newest book of poetry by Michael McClure (longtime CCA faculty member and 2005 recipient of CCA's honorary doctorate of fine arts) speaks of working toward freedom and beauty during a time of interminable war and the destruction of our natural surroundings. Included in this new collection is: a long travel poem to an Indian forest where an enraged elephant charges then recognizes an old human friend and turns back into the trees; "Double Moire," which "reads like a fulfillment of Goethe's prophesy and Shelley's: the whole universe seems to be in it, down to the smallest and up to the most vast. It is absolutely what the ultimate nature poem might be" (Jerome Rothenberg). "Dear Being," a garland of 37 stanzas, uses the freedoms of Buddhist hwa yen.

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

My Dog Teny
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 2010
Paperback, 32 pages, $18

This book tells a true story about a boy and his dog and the friendship that they shared during the time of the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans during World War II. It is written by Yoshito Wayne Osaki and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino (Illustration 1988).

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brian Teare: Pleasure
Ahsahta Press, 2010
Paperback, 88 pages, $17.50

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare. lives in San Francisco and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. His publications include The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, and Transcendental Grammar Crown. Like Tennyson's In Memorium, Teare's book sees within a personal loss evidence of an epochal shift that is simultaneously historical, political, and cosmological. Asserting the lover's body as a lost Eden, revisiting again and again the narrative of "the fall"—its iconic imagery as well as Gnostic reinterpretations—the book also records the eventual end of mourning and a return to the ecology not of myth but of the literal weather and landscape of California.