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book review / pulled: a catalog of screen printing by mike perry

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pulled: a catalog of screen printing book by mike perry
today i’m reviewing pulled: a catalog of screen printing by mike perry. i remember buying this when i was in the throes of a screenprinting phase back in college. i still love screen printing of course, but i haven’t done it in ages. i would love to do some ‘proper’ screen printing (as in with exposures) but it’s not something i can afford currently. it’s so fun though and something i LOVE doing.

anyway, this book is still a good fix years later when i need a bit of screen printing goodness in my life. the book is compiled by mike perry who’s an illustrator himself. i have a couple other books of his which i may review in the future too.

rachel domm
this isn’t a book that will teach you about the techniques of screen printing, but rather serves as inspiration for all the aspiring printmakers, illustrators and colour lovers out there. as with most books of a visual nature there are some works i don’t like, but for the most part there is some fantastic work in this book.

most of it is quite bold and graphic with simple colour schemes, and there are others which take more of a mixed media and textural approach, such as the work of scott massey or daniel luedtke (whose work seems to take a different form now).

pulled page numbers
maya hayuk
david maron
i love the way that the pages are numbered, like limited edition prints. very clever and fitting! i’d say that on a personal level i find this book a fantastic visual feast full of colour and inspiration. it also seems to be very well thought out in every aspect from design, to paper choice (the pages are very nice to the touch). this was the first book i bought by mike, and if he puts out any more books i’d happily buy them too.

book review / vintage pattern 1950s by marnie fogg

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vintage patterns 1950s by marnie fogg
today i’m reviewing vintage patterns 1950s by marnie fogg. in a nutshell, to me, a book like this is the definition of ‘small, but perfectly formed’.

the title explains exactly what this book is about, vintage patterns from the 1950’s. it features well known designers of the time such as lucienne day, terence conran and . patterns aside, one of my favourite things about the book is that it’s split into chapters with an introduction to each style of pattern.

terence conran pattern
kinetic patterns

i love that the introductions and captions accompanying some of the patterns aren’t dumbed down and over simplistic. they’re not in overly grandiose language, but it’s nice to see something well written in a book that doesn’t have many words.

pink pattern
lucienne day pattern

the reproduction of the patterns is fantastic, the images are bright and crisp, and despite this books smallish size, they’re just the right size. also, this book is very well constructed and the hard cover really adds to its charm. it would be nice to see it in a larger format too, but at 15.7 x 15.9cm it’s definitely not too small either.

all in all i’d most definitely recommend vintage patterns 1950s to pattern lovers everywhere. this book will inspire you in terms of colour combinations and pattern, especially if you’re a fan of the 1950’s or vintage in general.

colour love – multicolour

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sara midda's south of france
i want to get more original content on the blog, so as part of that i’m going to be shaking up my colour love posts a bit. every other week i’ll be posting a photo of something i own/ i’ve seen with a colour i love, and on the alternate weeks i’ll do the normal collage of items. i enjoy making these posts, but it’s very time consuming and i’d rather be using some of that time taking (and improving on) photos.

so to um ..celebrate? a slight new beginning i’ve decided to go all multicolour! this book is sara midda’s south of france. i have to admit, i knew nothing about her and her work, i was just drawn in by the cover! no shame in that every now and then, is there. i’ve actually discovered some amazing books this way.

when it comes to clothes i find i only really like lots of mixed colours when it comes to florals, or an amazing pattern. as much as i love colour and pattern most of my clothes seem to be a maximum of two or three colours. i prefer either bold and graphic or muted pretty vintage so there’s still quite a range. when it comes to home decor i’m colourful, but once again i don’t mix up a million colours all together. i do love some colourful illustration though, which can be a fantastic statement in an otherwise minimal room.

book review / creative block by danielle krysa

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creative block by danielle krysa

introducing a new series, book reviews! most of my books are art books, pattern books or creative-led ones, so i thought i’d be fun to share some of my favourite books and hopefully inspire people along the way :)

so, first up is creative block: get unstuck, discover new ideas by danielle krysa, creator of the well known blog the jealous curator. the book is basically an extension of her blog in that it showcases various artists, but it has the added bonus of interviews with the artists along with inspiration and mini creative projects from them, all in the name of getting you out of that creative rut!

embroidery by laura mckellar

collage by anthony zinonos
i love the range of artists in this book, from collage to embroidery, lettering to painting, there’s some good variety. each artist featured has an interview and at the end they set out a project or challenge to get you out of whatever creative rut you may be in. even if you’re not currently in a …well, creative block, these projects can still help inspire you.

creative unblock project from creative block book

book review / creative block by danielle krysa
some are more simple like anthony’s above, and there are others that go more in depth. once again, i like that there’s ideas and projects that have a wider expanse, as well as simple and quick ones. i particularly like this from above (project 39):

dare to go against what you know

collaged world globe

in terms of looks, i think this book is well laid out, easily to ‘jump in’ at any point, and the pictures are nice and big. i’m always disappointed when art books have tiny, poorly reproduced images, and creative block: get unstuck, discover new ideas definitely does not disappoint!

one more thing; i discovered some fantastic new artists through this book, and hope you do too. do you have this book? what do you think of it?