Sometimes we read for edification, sometimes pleasure and sometimes for inspiration. Here at quarterlane we’re, dare I say it, obsessed with finding out what what books inspire the people that inspire us.
Portland based artist Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. Her clients include the MoMA, Harvard University, Lululemon, Martha Stewart Living, Random House and Chronicle Books, among many others. She is the author of six (going on seven) books, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist. She is one of a handful of designers featured in the 2016 Portland Monthly Magazine Design Annual and was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015.
I met this modern day renaissance woman when we were both starting out as commercial artists, finding our voices and putting our work out into the world. It’s been a pleasure watching Lisa grow and expand her repertoire to include fine art, talks, commercial art, teaching and of course authoring books with writing and illustration done with equal aplomb.
We’re very pleased to feature Lisa Congdon in our ongoing series here on The Edit and on Instagram #TheQLNightstand (we’d absolutely love to see yours. Please take a snap and use the # so we can get a glimpse at what you love to read). We’re certain you’ll want to add her own books to your nightstand.
In Lisa’s words:
“I read almost just about every night when I get into bed, and I am usually rotating between about three books at a time so that I can choose something no matter my mood. Right now I’m reading Tig Notaro‘s and Carrie Brownstein‘s new books, along with The Gift, recommended to me by my friend Katie in London.”