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.
She is a book and magazine designer with years of art department experience in New York. She was Design Director at Artforum and Bookforum as well as at Peter Halley's Index magazine. She also worked at The Village Voice and SmartMoney. She is currently catalogue designer for ARTBOOK|D.A.P. and a full-time freelance designer of illustrated books. She specializes in art, craft, cooking, how-to and gardening books and thrives on complex layouts with charts, graphs, sidebars and layers of detail.
Wakefield's publishing experience includes editing and creating book packages for publishers. She 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 is also a writer; her debut novel, "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" was published by Akashic Books in 2015.
Before dedicating her free time to fiction writing and gardening, Wakefield created artists books and zines with her imprint Evil Twin, producing projects notable for their combination of handwork with diverse 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. (list of collections and links to press here.) She has lectured on book making and design at the New York Art Book Fair, Pratt, NYU and Maine College of Art.
Wakefield lives in the Catskill Mountains and Brooklyn with her husband, musician Nick Forte, and their small dog Mugsy.
photo by Kate Lacey