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Reviews of creative books. Illustration, photography, fashion, textiles and more. If you are a publisher or book author/creator, and would like to work with me, get in touch!

judging a book by its cover

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alexander girard book

erwin blumenfeld book

buy these: alexander girard | erwin blumenfeld: blumenfeld studio

artist, illustrator, photographer, designer, or just a person that appreciates visual stimulus ..we all do it. judging books by their covers. i mean this in a literal sense, not the metaphorical line about judging people and situations. it can be looked down upon, but i say embrace it!

have you ever taken time to study book covers? the art or photography on them. the lettering or choice of type. the colour combinations and the type of paper. are they bold and minimal or dark and overwhelming? does it have any imagery at all, or just custom type? who designed them? what sort of process goes into making a book cover? a lot of people might just look at a well designed cover and say ‘oh that’s nice!’ (nothing wrong with that by the way) but i really genuinely enjoy looking at book covers – both to get a sense of what’s inside, and on a level that just pleases me aesthetically.

great britain in colour book

botanicum book

buy these: great britain in colour | botanicum

most of my books are art or illustrated ones, hence why i took images of this kind of book for the post, but my point remains with written fiction and non fiction books too. infact, there are some excellent blogs/blog posts and instagram accounts featuring fantastic book covers, or trends in book cover design.

for example: the casual optimist, perfect bound, simon & schuster art works, book cover archive ..and many more.

do you have any particular favourite book covers (and do they also belong to your favourite book)? do you like any particular style of book cover design? or do you not care at all and just want to get stuck into reading/looking at the contents?

buy the below: vera: the art and life of an icon | olle eksell | sara midda’s south of france

vera: the art and life of an icon book

olle eksell book

sara midda's south of france book

how to fold origami | book review

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how to fold origami | book review

how to fold origami* – £9.99

as a person interested in paper, i like to learn about all the different things you can do with it, be that folding, cutting, scoring, making ..you name it. of course, the time honoured art of origami fits in perfectly here. whilst i remember a few things taught to me as a child, much of it has been forgotten, so it’s nice to have a book as a reminder and a way to learn.

the book is very informative and laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. saying this, this isn’t a book for children, but one for adults, or older teens that have a good grasp of visual aids. it starts with an introduction to, and a brief history of origami and paper folding in general. it then goes on to discuss paper, and the many types of folds in origami as well as the symbols used in the books to help you along in making your creations. i found this all to be very helpful. if you were just learning origami or getting back into it, it would definitely be overwhelming otherwise.

a brief history of origami

how to fold origami | the folding symbols

how to fold origami | beginner project

within each project, it tells you whether it’s beginner, intermediate or advanced. there’s a nice range within the book, but most of them are in the intermediate difficulty, which i think right for this book. if you want something very basic, this wouldn’t be the book for you.

on the first page of each new project, it gives a brief history and context of the piece, which is a great touch, especially if you like to learn about what you’re making, what it means and its significance. it also discusses the ‘forms’ that make it up. alongside this is a photograph depicting the finished piece.

how to fold origami | the tsuru

how to fold origami | how to make a tsuru

sunshine origami project

how to fold origami | pink elephant

i really enjoyed looking through how to fold origami, and have bookmarked a few pieces i’d like to attempt. it can be a bit daunting, but if you’re looking for a new challenge, this is a book you can learn and grow with. as a side note, i’d recommend looking up some origami videos on youtube. so satisfying!

print & pattern nature | book review

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print and pattern nature book review

print & pattern nature* – £19.99

if ever there was a book made for me, it’s this. full of colourful nature based patterns by various creatives, print and pattern: nature is a pattern lovers dream. this is the latest in the print & pattern series of books, previous ones include geometric and kids. it has the same layout as the previous books, with the initialled headings (in squared diamonds in this instance), brief bio and a page or two showing the work of the artists. as before, there’s a mix of quarter and full page pieces, so there’s a bit of visual variety when you’re flicking through.

print and pattern book: atelier bingo

swan and floral pattern

it’s hard to write a review of this without comparing it to the other books, but it’s equally as good when it comes to the work covered. the quality as always is excellent, the images are crisp, vibrant and well reproduced. though i would love if there was a little more variety in styles. whilst it’s good that everything fits together and flows, perhaps it would be nice to see something a bit ‘out of the ordinary’. it’s hard to put into words, and it’s probably down to personal taste. by no means a put-down on the book or the artists, i like pretty much every piece within it, which i definitely can’t say the same of, for other books i own!

spring-like floral pattern

print and pattern nature book

bold and colourful floral pattern

midcentury inspired pattern

print and pattern nature book: yellow florals

as before, there are many names i recognise and a few that i’ve never heard of, so it’s going to be a good source of discovering new artists and illustrators (and probably searching for them on instagram!). as a pattern maker and lover myself, books like this are a constant source of inspiration, and a wonderfully visual pick-me-up if i feel creatively fatigued.

print & pattern nature is an excellent addition to the ‘print & pattern’ series of books, and i can’t wait to see what comes next! if you’re as obsessed with nature based patterns as i am you will absolutely love this book, and even if you aren’t, i’m sure there’s a little something in there for all.