Summer Reading, Textile Edition

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Summer Reading, Textile Edition

Summer is officially here, NeoCon 2022 is officially over. We all deserve a little downtime, right? As I stare down the huge pile of books begging to be read, I’m thinking back to a few favorites that have been inspiring the Design Pool team lately. In unique ways, each of these five books offered a seed of inspiration in the creation of our latest collection, Invisible Threads. If you’re looking for something to read, especially if you’re a textile geek like we are, we highly recommend checking out these books for your summer reading.

Summer Reading Suggestions

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
by Clare Hunter

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World
by Virginia Postrel

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
by Kassia St. Clair

Anni Albers On Weaving
by Anni Albers

A Little More on Anni Albers

Anni Albers’ book On Weaving is a classic and deserves a spot on every weaver’s bookshelf. In 2017, a new edition of the book was released with beautiful color images. In this book, you will find her essay, Tactile Sensibility. This essay spoke to us as we created Invisible Threads. It made us think about how we could tap into our sense of touch visually using digital printing. Even if you only want to flip through this book for the pictures, stopping to read that essay is worth it.

What have you been reading?

We’d love to hear your recommendations! Please let us know in the comments or DM us through Instagram. We’ll be sure to share your recommendations with our followers. Not much of a reader, we’re also always looking for new fashion documentaries. Please share those too!


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