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yves saint laurent accessories | book review

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yves saint laurent accessories - book review

yves saint laurent accessories - necklace - book review

yves saint laurent accessories* – £39.95

yves saint laurent accessories is one of those books that’s quite mysterious and charming from the get go. no imagery, just minimal. gold type, faux bois patterning and of course it’s all set on a majorelle-esque shade of blue. the pages are even edged with the same blue, so from the outside its this enigmatic blue book that’s just calling to be looked at.

and looking inside, you’re not going to be disappointed.
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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

a flower to be looked at | fashion photography

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures* – £39.95

 

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures is a very striking book by eugénie shinkle who is a lecturer in photographic theory and criticism.

after the intro, the book delves right into things and shares (fashion) photography beginning in the 1860’s. the book is separated into decades, from the 1860’s to 1920’s, then in decades right up until the 2010’s. a variety of photographic styles is covered throughout, and i’m happy to see there are quite a few women photographers in here. a lot of art/photographic history books tend to leave out women, which is totally remiss as women are an important part of art/photography/general history and they more than deserve to be discussed and applauded.
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the little guide to butterflies & the little guide to leaves | book review

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the little guide to butterflies

The little guide to butterflies* – £7.99

The little guide to leaves* – £7.99

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if i saw these books in a bookshop, i’d pick them up purely based on the covers. since childhood, i’ve loved animal and nature based books, so that would keep me reeled in. and the kicker? the fantastic illustrations (by tom frost) inside, as well as the informative and interesting text.

they’re hard backed, lovely quality paper and the texture of the illustrations really stand out. easily the kind of books you’d be tempted to buy second copies of so you could frame the images as prints. each book is 96 pages long so they feel nice and substantial, without being overwhelming.
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creative pep talk: inspiration from 50 artists | book review

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creative pep talk by andy j miller

creative pep talk* – £12.99

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firstly if you haven’t heard of the creative pep talk podcast, from which this book originated, i highly recommend you check it out. also, a few years back i did an interview with andy which you could have a read of too.

onto the book! creative pep talk is basically a visual representation of the podcast, one which you can pick up any time to look and be inspired, motivated or distracted by. like pretty much everything andy does its full of colour and love and wants to help you be the best you can be.
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