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Stacy Wakefield Forte studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a focus on book design.

After many years of art department experience at magazines including Artforum and Index, and catalog design for publisher Artbook|D.A.P., Wakefield's studio now focuses on illustrated art and lifestyle books in the areas of craft, cooking, gardening, DIY, art, and architecture.

Wakefield's publishing experience includes creating book packages for publishers. She co-authored "131 Different Things" with Nick Zinner and Zachary Lipez, edited and designed "Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters by Ash Thayer" ( PowerHouse 2015); and edited, produced & designed "Show Dogs by Kate Lacey" and "The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive" (Evil Twin/D.A.P. in 2010); "I Hope You Are All Happy Now by Nicholas Zinner" (St. Martins Press 2005) and "Please Take me off the Guest List" (Akashic Books, 2010).

Wakefield's debut novel, "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" was published by Akashic Books in 2015.

Wakefield's resume also includes creating artists books and zines with her former imprint Evil Twin, which won acclaim for their combination of handwork combined with diverse mechanical printing techniques. Wakefield was included in the 2010 Princeton Architectural Press book "By Hand: The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art" and the 2000 Brooklyn Museum show "Artists' Books: Working in Brooklyn." Her publications are in the collections of musuems and libraries including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum; The Tate Gallery; and Yale's Sterling Library.She has lectured on book making and design at the New York Art Book Fair, Pratt, NYU and Maine College of Art. She was an artist in residence at the Museum Valkhof in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in collaboration with KNUST publishers in 2019.

Wakefield lives in the Catskill Mountains and Brooklyn with her husband, musician Nick Forte.


photo by Kate Lacey

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