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cut it out | book review

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book review: cut it out by poppy chancellor

cut it out!: 30 papercut designs to cut out and keep* – £14.99

despite being a collage maker myself, i don’t do much of what most call papercutting. this is partly because i prefer scissors over an scalpel (for dexterity/grip reasons). typically i consider what this book covers as papercutting, but there can be a collage element in it too. they’re different skills too, and i really admire the huge amount of skill and time that goes into papercutting!

firstly, if that front cover hasn’t drawn you in, i don’t know what will. isn’t it fantastic? it’s actually been cut too and it is certainly effective. for tactile people you will definitely want to feel this cover many times over.

book review: cut it out - intro

cut it out by poppy chancellor

‘cut it out’ starts off with an introduction to poppy chancellor, to papercutting and things you will need. it also goes into a bit of detail about the stencil templates and included within the book and how to display your pieces. there are quite a few chapters which have themes such as love, halloween, animals and more. in each, there are a few stencils for you to cut out (you can photocopy to keep the book intact) and each one is backed with lovely coloured card if you wish to cut directly from the book.

papercut template from cut it out by poppy chancellor

book review: cut it out - by poppy chancellor

a fun thing about papercutting is the ‘confetti’ you’re left with, and little snippets of it are included throughout the book, which i think is a nice touch. personally i’m very fond of the colours used in the book too, nice and colourful overall and really encourages you to get stuck in.

even if you don’t feel you’re artistic, cut it out is the sort of book almost anyone can get stuck into providing you’ve a bit of time and a scalpel! i highly recommend it, especially if you like making lovely decorations and personalised pieces.

don’t get a job… make a job | book review

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don't get a job... make a job | book review

don’t get a job… make a job* – £12.95

it’s been a long time coming, but i finally have a review of this book! i’m sure by now many of you will have read this, but incase you’ve not, or you’re in a creative slump and looking for a burst of inspiration and motivation, then don’t get a job… make a job is a book you’re going to love.

don't get a job... make a job |introduction

don’t get a job… make a job, is split into several chapters and topics include: putting yourself out there,  specialism vs diversity, reinventing yourself, creating positive change and much more.

the book is separated into case studies by various creatives in fields such as design, architecture, fashion, publishing, and art. peppered with bits of advice, and strewn with things that will make you think. some of it may seem obvious, some may have never crossed your mind. either way, sometimes you just really need to actually read these words and take them in. constantly throughout the book i found myself saying ‘yes, this!’ and ‘totally‘ (and other such things).

don't be daunted by self promotion

don't get a job... make a job

personally i’ve never been one for sticking to convention and i really love when other people encourage others to be brave, to be innovative and to go with their instincts, regardless of what others may or may not say. whatever route you decide to take, a lot of hard work and determination is required and this book will be something you’ll want to keep close to hand to keep you going.

the people in this book have been through these things, and are here to tell you how they made their way through them. insight into an industry is a powerful thing and this feels like you’re getting in and learning from insiders yourself.

don't get a job... make a job | specialism vs diversity

swim against the tide

you definitely don’t have to be a graduate (or a student, former or not) to relate to don’t get a job… make a job, and i firmly believe that creatives of all kind should at the very least have a skim through it. i also firmly believe you should challenge yourself and others, and this book will also help you towards that. it’s like the mentor you always wanted, all in a little yellow book. it will make you feel so inspired and want to get creating and get yourself out there into the world.

where’s warhol? | book review

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where's warhol - book review

where’s warhol? £9.95

where’s warhol* is (obviously) a book based on the classic ‘where’s wally’. warhol has travelled through time to visit art and artist throughout history. this isn’t just any old hide and seek book though – as well as trying to find platinum haired warhol sneakily hidden you can also discover and recognise many, many others from art history.

this book is a collaboration between catherine ingham who is an art historian, and andrew rae who must have had an incredible amount of patience in illustrating this. so worth it though!

where's warhol intro page

where's warhol - book review - scene in pompeii

some of the scenes included are: pompeii, the garden of artistic delights, basquiat at the washington square park, and more. in total there’s 12 scenes, which, added in with discovering other characters can fill in lots of time.

in the back of the book is an index of sorts, identifying many of the other characters, and detailing some factoids about them. ironically (or not?) there’s so many people i’d have missed if they’d not been pointed out.

where's warhol - book review - scene with frida kahlo

where's warhol - basquiat at washington square park

where's warhol - book review - index of characters

fun and educational for adults and children alike, this book is sure to keep you entertained. it doesn’t take too long to find warhol in each scene, but where the real fun lies (for me, anyhow) is trying to name all the other historic and recent characters, reading more about them, and marvelling at how intricate and colourful to look at. you don’t have to even be a warhol fan, but if you’re interested in or want to learn a little art history i can guarantee you’ll enjoy this.