Bookshelf: What We’re (Re-)Reading


Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt went through a time when she sketched out every single purchase she made, in an attempt to be more conscious of her spending and possibilities for re-use. Now we can all do the same with her guide, What Did I Buy Today?. We can also revisit the passionate relationship between painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, via Kahlo’s love letters to him in The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait.  Or, go exploring with The New Safari, a gorgeous glimpse into the African tradition of safari, and how it lives on through landscape, architecture, and interiors.

(Image of Recycled Book Planter)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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