Matisse, Textiles and Books
Above, The Pink Studio, Henri Matisse, 1911, from the collection of The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Below, maquette for chasuble (priest's robe) Henri Matisse, 1950-1952, Musee Matisse
Illustrator Paulina Reyes, a senior member of Kate Spade's creative team, lists the book Matisse, His Art and His Textiles as one of her favorites. This title is on my bookshelf too. Matisse was a lifelong collector of textiles -- French and African fabrics, exotic Persian carpets, Middle Eastern embroideries -- and the book explores how his vast collection influenced his art. It's a great resource for fabric designers, or anyone passionate about textiles and Matisse.
Another recommendation from Reyes is Mad About Madeline. Reyes says she picked up the book while working on the baby line at Kate Spade, and describes the illustrations as humorous and sophisticated. For more on Paulina Reyes, visit "behind the curtain" on Spade's site.