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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.

paper to petal
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

10 books about photography

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10 books about photography
i absolutely love photography books, and the bigger the better. they can take up a lot of room on your bookshelf, but looking at amazing photographs in print and at a decent size (rather than on your phone or computer) can’t be beaten. unless it’s at an exhibition. photography has been a huge love of mine since i was a child, and though i am always learning i find the best way besides just taking photos is via inspiration.

i recently bought this erwin blumenfeld book and it’s amazing! i am forever amazed by his photos. simple without being overly minimal, and strong and colourful without overwhelming. he was an amazing photographer.

as always, i would love your suggestions for photography books! i especially love fashion photography (especially so from the 1930s to 1960s) and anything with a bit of quirk. saying that, i am very open with my tastes and i would love to add even more books to my wishlist. in no particular order, here’s 10 books about photography that i would love to own.

man ray – portraits
avedon fashion – 1944 to 2000
pictures by tim walker (i have wanted this forever!)
stern fotographie no. 65: erwin blumenfeld
what remains by sally mann (and this one!)
horst: photographer of style
cecil beaton: portraits and profiles
viviane sassen: in & out of fashion
kodachrome by luigi ghirri
emmet gowin by emmet gowin

book review // cutting edge fashion illustration

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cutting edge fashion illustration - book cover
today i’m reviewing cutting edge fashion illustration by erica sharp. i won this in a giveaway she did a while ago. every now and then it’s nice to buy or receive a book you have no expectations of, (like the fashion exercise book i reviewed a while ago) and this certainly didn’t disappoint!

this book offers a few different methods on how to go about getting into fashion illustration with different mediums from mixed media/traditional to digital and uses easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to do so. great for a beginner, or someone with a little knowledge they want to expand on. kind of like a creative fashion illustration instruction guide.
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