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100 years of colour | book review

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book ℅ octopus publishing

100 years of colour – £14.99

100 years of colour by katie greenwood is a book showcasing art, illustration and design throughout the last century that looks at colour usage in the past 100 years. that alone sold me, but when i actually received and looked at the book? oh. my. heart eyes emoji!

this book goes through each year in each decade from the 1900’s until 1990’s and shows images that were made, popular or had some impact within that time. next to each image is a colour palette comprised of the main colours within the image, repeated to show different combinations, and underneath that the RGB codes if you wish to use these colours within your work. CMYK is at the back of the book.
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peter blake | book review

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books ℅ tate publishing

peter blake (modern artists series) by natalie rudd – £14.99

peter blake, for me, is one of those artists whose works i either love or have some seemingly unjust dislike. i don’t know why and can’t explain it. i do LOVE his collections though. that speaks to my heart and soul as someone that is a bit of a hoarder and loves to collect.
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puffin childrens book reviews

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all books ℅ puffin books

pass it on by sophy henn – £5.99

this is basically joy and gratitude in a childrens book, which, in my eyes, is always a good thing.

i don’t care how old you are, you need to read this book.

‘pass it on’ is essentially about finding happiness in the small things in life. which, really, are quite big and very important when you think about it.

the illustrations are as wonderful as the story, and i just love the colours and textures too.
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living with: hattie stewart & yuko shimizu | book review

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books ℅ roads publishing

living with hattie stewart – £11.99

living with hattie stewart is an art book made from 32 removable prints, with interview questions (and answers) throughout. i really like this easily digestible format, and it really lets the images shine. hatties work is bold and colourful and this certainly comes through!

though i’ve not seen her work in person, the colour looks very well reproduced and detail is well preserved. the semi matte, thick paper does an excellent job of letting her work ‘pop’ which is what is needed with this sort of artwork.

living with hattie stewart book review

living with hattie stewart

now, obviously i’m a fan of such colourful, graphic illustration, but besides that, i really enjoyed reading through the interview. they really can help you see further into someone else’s word and imagination. some of the answers are short and to the point, and others more in depth. i feel like i get a good sense of hatties personality through her answers, too.
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