some things I liked last week… BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS
A Book round-up today… hope you will enjoy this selection and that it moght get you in the mood to hop-over to your bookshop this weekend… I LOVE books, they play such an important role in my home and my work. I admire people who create books and really wish I could create one myself too one day :)
Author: Bryan Nash Gill
About: "If there is, indeed, nothing lovelier than a tree, Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill shows us why. Creating large-scale relief prints from the cross sections of trees, the artist reveals the sublime power locked inside their arboreal rings. Gill creates patterns not only of great beauty but also year-by-year records of the life and times of fallen or damaged logs. He rescues the wood from the property surrounding his studio and neighboring land, extracts and prepares blocks of various species (including ash, maple, oak, spruce, and willow), then makes prints by carefully following and pressing the contours of rings and ridges until the intricate designs transfer from tree to paper. The results are colored, nuanced shapes—mesmerizing impressions of the structural integrity hidden inside each tree. These exquisitely detailed prints are collected and published here for the first time, with an introduction by esteemed nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg and an interview with the artist describing his labor-intensive printmaking process. Also featured are Gill's series of printed lumber and offcuts, such as burls, branches, knots, and scrubs. Woodcut will appeal to anybody who appreciates the grandeur and mystery of trees, as well as those who work with wood and marvel at the rich history embedded in its growth."
Titel: All Sewn Up
Author: Chloë Owens
About: "Split into five chapters, start by making something fun for a long, lazy lunch with friends in Cooking Up A Storm – there are placemats, aprons, oven gloves and table decorations. In Cuddly Companions you will find a giraffe, kitten and bonkers bobtail bunnies to stitch, while Gifts has book covers, a laptop case, tote bag, and mini quilt that friends will love. Rest Your Weary Head has pillows and cushions with appliqué and embellishments, plus a Holly Golightly-inspired eyemask. Finally, Room Decorations has fabric portraits, wall hangings, lampshades and bunting to add a splash of colour to your home."
at cico books
Titel: Homespun Style
Author: Selina Lake
About: "If flat-pack furniture and expensive designer pieces aren't really your thing, and you'd rather make your own cushion cover than buy it, then Homespun Style is for you. Showcasing inspiring homes around the world, the book reflects our growing passion for crafting, stitching and painting. These are homes packed with personality and interest, full of homemade pieces, restored junk-shop finds and one-off treasures. Interiors stylist Selina Lake and writer Joanna Simmons will show you how this homely, crafty look has been given a modern twist with vivid colours, tactile fabrics and bold combinations. The book begins with the Themes, from the basics of modern craft to making colour and pattern work. It also focuses on imaginative ways to recycle and reuse, from transforming furniture with a lick of paint to finding inspired new uses for everyday items. Next, Details looks at textiles, furniture and display, while the third section, Spaces, shows how the style works beautifully in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, children's rooms, workrooms and even out of doors."
Titel: I Love Stationery
Author: Charlotte Rivers
About: "Despite digital technology dominating the way we communicate and record information, the stationery industry today is thriving, and is home to some of our most interesting examples of illustration and design. I Love Stationery is a luscious collection of the very best of these, from gift wrap to greetings cards, notebooks, journals, invitations and much more. Organised by technique, it covers hand-drawn illustrations, screen prints, letterpress, woodblock, digital illustration, calligraphy, spray paint, papercut, relief print and etchings. Each chapter begins with an explanation and tutorial on the specific technique featured, and includes an arresting array of lovely examples. Top tips and bite-sized interviews with stationery designers offer useful, practical advice on everything from paper choices to sustainability and how to approach manufacturers. Beautifully designed and in a gorgeous, take-anywhere small format, I Love Stationery is jam-packed with stunning notepaper, bags, wrapping paper and letter sets. It is a testament to the many designers and who'd rather send a letter than text or email, and to the crafters who prefer to put their thoughts in a journal than post a blog."
Titel: I Spy DIY Style: Find Fashion You Love and Do It Yourselfd
Author: Jenni Radosevich
About: "Filled with 30 step-by-step projects inspired by celebrities, designer runways, and classic styles, as well as tips from fashion insiders such as Rachel Roy, Olivia Palermo, and Rebecca Minkoff, I Spy DIY Style has everything you need for easy-to-make looks that will up your style quotient without sacrificing your budget."
Author: Anna Hrachovec
About: Mochimochi Land was launched in 2007 as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. You too can advance human-toy understanding by knitting a new friend!The characters that inhabit Mochimochi Land are original designs by Anna Hrachovec, a knitter who lives in Brooklyn. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr Seuss and Mary Blair. Anna’s knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print.
Titel: Noni Flowers
Author: Nora j. Bellows
About: "Designer Nora J. Bellows’s extraordinary Noni® bag and flower patterns have earned her acclaim and endeared her to a loyal following of knitters all over the world. Now, in her first book, she offers lifelike knitted flowers that rival the beauty of true botanicals. This is a collection of luscious designs and essential techniques that knitters will turn to again and again. Inside, you’ll find:• 40 exceptional knitted and felted flowers, from Angel’s Tears Ddaffodils to ylang ylan • 6 beautiful yet practical garment, accessory, and home projects perfect for floral embellishment• Clear instructions for knitting, felting, wiring, and finishing your work"
at Random House
Titel: Sew what you Love
Author: Tanya Whelan
About: "Grand Revival designer Tanya Whelan’s vintage modern aesthetic has made her fabrics and sewing patterns some of the most admired by sewers and quilters everywhere. In her first book, she presents a stylish collection of 30 easy-to-make sewing projects that are achievable by sewers of every skill level. Ranging from a pretty pleated clutch to a flirty French-inspired day dress and super-cute soft baby toys to a mistake-proof design-as-you-go quilt, each project comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, inspiring photographs, and helpful tips. These projects and patterns for children, adults, and the home are guaranteed to work well and produce a beautiful end result. Included are 3 pattern sheets enclosed in a handy pocket, providing everything you need to start stitching something you are sure to love."
Titel: The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design
Author: Alex Russell
About: "This book outlines the process of creating designs, looking at the vital role played by drawing, color, style and content. It also analyses how to contextualise and communicate effectively in order to build a professional portfolio, whether through traditional design staples or via a more innovative approach. It examines the positions occupied by designers in the industry, and the technical and ethical considerations of which they must be aware."