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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!

book review – animal fair

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animal fair by alice and martin provensen

as a huge fan of alice and martin provensen, i am so happy that i own this! i had been looking for a copy of animal fair by alice and martin provensen on amazon, realising i’d have to settle (happily, mind you) for a newer version when i suddenly decided to look on ebay. and boy, am i glad i did! i found this original 60’s version and although it’s not in the best ever condition, i absolutely love it. it’s almost a3 in size too, so i get to truly revel in the wonderful illustrations.
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book review – print and pattern geometric

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print and pattern geometric by bowie style
well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? i’ve wanted to bring back book reviews for some time now, but other things just kept getting in the way. most of the time these posts will be reviews, but from time to time it may be more of a ‘i love this book and i want to show it to you’ type post.

i love books so much, especially visual ones to be used for inspiration. i’d love to make one myself some day, but that’s another story.
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10 books about sewing and sewing projects

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10 books about sewing and sewing projects
something i definitely want to do this year is improve my sewing skills. i want to find a sewing/dressmaking class in cardiff that will re teach me basics as well as to learn how to make items. i’m specifically interested in fashion/dressmaking (childhood dream!) but i would love to learn how to make things like purses, bags, and more detailed things. here’s some books i have my eye on related to this:

carry me: 20 boutique bags to sew
the liberty book of simple sewing
love at first stitch
sew! from cath kidston
the colette sewing handbook
DIY couture: create your own fashion collection
how patterns work
fabric manipultion: 150 creative sewing techniques
lotta jansdotter’s simple sewing
gertie sews vintage casual

10 books about collage & paper craft

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cutting edges: contemporary collage book
my favourite kind of book! books about collage especially don’t seem to be as popular as books about paper cutting, origami and the like. because collage seems to be more popular in the last few years i can imagine there will be a lot more books about collage in the future. i hope so, anyway!

if you have any to recommend that i’ve not included, please do.

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robert motherwell: early collages
collage:major works by leading artists
the age of collage: contemporary collage in modern art
henri matisse: the cut-outs
collage: contemporary artists hunt and gather, cut and paste, mash up and transform
cut out for collage
paper cutting
paper cut: an exploration into the contemporary world of papercraft art and illustration
papercraft: design and art with paper