Amy Azzarito, librarian and blogger extraordinaire, and Design*Sponge's Grace Bonney have recently collaborated on an exciting new video series for the New York Public Library. From the NYPL's website: "The New York Public Library holds a wealth of unexpected sources of inspiration for artists and designers — from vintage valentines and textile patterns, to fabric samples and turn-of-the-century menus from around the world. For this online-only miniseries, Design by the Book, the Library partnered with the leading design blog Design*Sponge to invite five New York City-based artists to sift through our collections in search of inspiration. Then we challenged the artists to go back to their studios and make something, based on what they had seen at the Library."
Episode One features interviews with, among others, ceramicist Lorena Barrezueta; pattern maker Julia Rothman, and illustrator and typographer Mike Perry — we've blogged his wallpaper and tape. Episode II features special guest Issac Mizrahi.
More information on the project can be found at the NYPL, as well as at Design*Sponge. The videos also have their own YouTube page. Episodes III and IV, featuring the final reveals, will go live shortly after Christmas.