books ℅ roads publishing
living with hattie stewart – £11.99
living with hattie stewart is an art book made from 32 removable prints, with interview questions (and answers) throughout. i really like this easily digestible format, and it really lets the images shine. hatties work is bold and colourful and this certainly comes through!
though i’ve not seen her work in person, the colour looks very well reproduced and detail is well preserved. the semi matte, thick paper does an excellent job of letting her work ‘pop’ which is what is needed with this sort of artwork.
now, obviously i’m a fan of such colourful, graphic illustration, but besides that, i really enjoyed reading through the interview. they really can help you see further into someone else’s word and imagination. some of the answers are short and to the point, and others more in depth. i feel like i get a good sense of hatties personality through her answers, too.
in terms of reading, you’ll be done in no time, but the strength of a book like this lies in the artwork within. it’s definitely a book you’ll keep returning to for colour and illustration inspiration.
some of the questions asked: what is doodle bombing? what role does darkness play in your art? and: how important is humour in your work? …you’ll have to get the book to see her answers. no spoilers here.
this book would be absolutely perfect as a gift as it’s affordable and immersive, yet easy to consume. personally i’m afraid to tear the pages out to remove as prints ..it just looks so nice as is! maybe two copies would be best, eh?
living with yuko shimizu – £11.99
like the above, living with yuko shimizu is a book with 32 removable art prints. i’d not heard of yuko before i’d received this book, but glad i now know of her work because it’s absolutely gorgeous. rich in colour and so much texture and beautiful lines. you can tell she’s inspired by her japanese heritage and i really love her modern yet traditional take on japanese artworks and making it her own with american and other personal influences.
her work in this book is a wonderful mix of muted tones and vibrant colours, and it all ties together beautifully.
this book doesn’t have an interview as such (though some of the words/picture captions may have derived from interview questions) but rather her intentions behind the pieces, or discussing her work as a whole. i found it fascinating to dive into her world a little, finding out about her process and personality. yuko really strikes me as a person that’s very curious and eager to learn, which i appreciate!
both of these books are fantastic in their own ways, but also as a pair. i like that although the general feel of the books is similar (with the removable prints) they are both individual to the artist within. i’d really love to see more of these books covering a range of artist an different artistic genres.