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PAPress table U02, 2nd fl. Come by!
NY Art Book Fair | Sept 26–28 | PS1 MoMA
Visit the PAPress table (U-02) this weekend!
In Emily Spivack’s altogether fantastic storytelling project Worn Stories, Piper Kerman writes about the vintage suit she wore at her final court appearance and sentencing, a key moment in her memoir-turned-TV-hit Orange Is the New Black:
As your case wends through the system, you barely speak in court; the prosecutor and defense attorney do most of the talking. Unlike 80 percent of criminal defendants, I could afford to hire a lawyer, and I was lucky that he was a very good and experienced one. He had advocated long and hard with the prosecutor on my behalf, and then the day came where his work and my case would be decided by the judge, a Reagan appointee to the federal bench.
Most criminal defendants wear whatever they are given by their attorney or family to their sentencing ; a lot of people are too poor to afford bail, and so they have been wearing jailhouse orange for many months before ever getting their day in court. I was much more fortunate; when I flew to Chicago to be sentenced to prison, I had three choices of court attire in my suitcase. A cadet-blue pantsuit, a very severe navy coatdress, and a wild card I had packed at the last minute: a vintage fifties pencil-skirt suit I had bought on eBay, in a coffee and cream tweed with a subtle sky blue check. It looked like something a Hitchcock heroine would have worn.
“That’s the one,” said my lawyer, pointing to the skirt suit. “We want the judge to be reminded of his own daughter or niece or neighbor when he looks at you.”
For someone standing for judgment, the importance of being seen as a complete human being, someone who is more than just the contents of the file folders that rest on the bench in front of His or Her Honor, cannot be overstated.
More fantastic wearable memoirs curated by Spivack here.
Creatures of the night!
From top to bottom:
Serval, Spiny Mouse, Indian Flying Fox, Tarantula, River Otter
Get the book here!
Louise Fili exhibiton at the ADC
Elegantissima: The Exhibit opened this Wednesday, September 10th at the Art Directors Club. The show was designed by Kevin O’Callaghan and displays four decades of Louise Fili’s work, all set within beautifully crafted and themed room environments.
Be sure to see the exhibit before it ends on September 19th (the ADC is located at 106 West 29th Street, NYC) and discover more of Louise’s fine work in Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili (2012).
arrives next week! is available now!
What significance do these garments have for Andy Spade (top), David Carr (middle), and Rosanne Cash (bottom)? Find out in Worn Stories, a collection of sartorial memoirs (by Emily Spivack), published by PAPress.
"It is important to use your hands, this is what distinguishes you from a cow or a computer operator" —Paul Rand
From Paul Rand: Conversations with Students, published by PAPress in 2008. Today marks the 100th Birthday of Mr. Rand!
At Strand Books in NYC on June 26, 2014, Ellen Lupton and her students from MICA spoke about the book they wrote, Type on Screen: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students, available now from Princeton Architectural Press.
Three fun and summery designs from Pattern Box, a postcard box curated by the Textile Arts Center, released in 2013 by PAPress.
In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the first children’s librarian at the Troy Public Library, contacted a number of public figures asking them to write about the importance of libraries and about their experiences of reading. This was author E. B. White’s response.
More reflections on the significance of libraries can be found in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson.
Happy 4th of July!
We’re celebrating with a look at Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, published by PAPress in 2013.
Big congratulations to Andrea Cochran—she has been honored with the 2014 Design Medal, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Design Medal recognizes an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. Also, a belated congrats for winning the 2014 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Andrea Cochran: Landscapes.
Great article over at Metropolis Mag by Alexandra Lange: “Why Charles Moore (Still) Matters”. The Moonraker Athletic Center (above), completed by MLTW/Moore-Turnbull in 1966, was as much landscape as architecture, protecting the pool from sea breezes and containing small, skylit changing rooms. Barbara Stauffacher Solomon painted highly influential supergraphics inside the Swim Club, further altering perceptions of its small scale. Moore is one of the architects profiled in The Sea Ranch, a new revised edition was released in 2013.