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Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting encompasses drawing, sketching and a range of painting styles, covering everything from pen and ink to oils and acrylics. Specially commissioned photography and artwork accompany step-by-step techniques, and profiles of contemporary artists give insight into various working methods, materials and techniques: the growing interest in digital tools as a medium is also acknowledged, and information is provided on how effects can be created using Smart Pens, tablets and apps.
Patchwork and Quilting: A Maker's Guide
A practical guide to patchwork and quilting, inspired by craft traditions from across the globe, and the first volume in the Maker's Guides series from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans
Once upon a time pottery schools saw an increase in enrollments whenever the film Ghost aired on television. Today it is all year round. Not since the 1970s has there been this level of interest and appreciation for pottery and ceramics. The return to the handmade has been driven by our increasingly digital lives and there are now more makers, sellers and collectors than ever. There is also a new desire for unique objects made by hand and the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Pottery is the vehicle that most aptly captures this authenticity. From decorative pieces to the primarily functional to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the richly creative output of over 50 studio potters from around the world. It is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at elite gallery level, but rather a behind-the-scenes look at the unique and eclectic offerings from small studios around the world.
This book will help you master or simply remind you of the crochet basics and teach you how to make a variety of pieces for different occasions. Learn how to crochet clothes and accessories for the men, women and children in your life. Create useful items for your travels such as handy little bicycle bags and passport cases, as well as beautifully patterned rugs and cushions for your home life. Molla also demonstrates how to effectively customise clothes and bags by adding crochet. With simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by clear and detailed images as an extra guide, these stylish and unique projects will inspire you to start crocheting.
Encore! The New Artisans
'Craft' is no longer a trend; it is now an enshrined aspect of modern life. This sequel to Olivier Dupon's bestselling The New Artisans, the book that began it all showcases 60 new makers whose creations will inspire and delight. The book is divided into two sections for ease of reference. The first profiles the artisans in easy-to-follow alphabetical order, while the second part consists of a directory of products, neatly divided into categories. Complete with an introduction, as well as the author's personal recommendations for inspiring shops, websites and blogs to visit, this is the perfect curated resource for discovering unique and beautiful pieces designed and made by talented artisans from around the world.
Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style
When Lotta Jansdotter steps out in one of her signature outfits, fans always ask, "Did you make that yourself?" Often the answer is, "Yes, and so can you!" With that in mind, the style icon created Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style, a pattern book/inspiration guide anchored by five easy, versatile sewing patterns--skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat--and highlighted with quick DIY accessories, including hats, bags, scarves and jewellery. Photographed over the course of a year in New York, Tennessee, India, and Sweden and organised by season, Jansdotter shares her sources of inspiration and how she and her friends mix and match her key pieces while working, playing, resting, and travelling. Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style brings Jansdotter's infectious and sought-after sense of style to new followers and longtime devotees alike.
Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters
A classic medium, watercolor is practiced by many but mastered by few. This accessible and clear workbook is both a practical guide and an informative history. Beginning with a "1-day course," the chapters cover technique, equipment, general theory, painting plein air, and conservation. The authors also examine the work of watercolor masters, among them Claude Lorrain, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, and John Ruskin. Each chapter includes photographs and helpful examples of works in progress, explanations of methods, and how-to demonstrations. Designed for those who have not picked up a paintbrush since high-school art class as well as more seasoned practitioners, this guide is a must-have for anyone who wants to start out in watercolors, become a more assured and better artist, or simply gain a new understanding of the great water colorists.
Made By Hand
Gone are the days of a crafter only having a single interest. Between Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and thousands of gorgeous blogs, today's makers are constantly inspired to make things by hand. All a crafter really needs are inspirational examples and excellent step-by-step instructions and Made By Hand provides plenty of both. The concept for Made By Hand came about in 2009 when Lena turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began to host an eclectic course of classes, such as machine-sewing, hand-embroidering, pickle-making and perfume-making. Made By Hand will include core techniques and projects for a wide array of crafts, from advanced screen-printing and dyeing techniques (which she teaches), to beginner's embroidery, braided rag rugs, knitted socks, simple sewn dresses, beaded and braided jewelry, toy-making, candle-making and soap-making (to name a few).
The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques
Perennially popular, printmaking is enjoying a contemporary resurgence but no comprehensive up-to-date manual on the subject exists. At over 400 pages and packed with 1,000 full-color photos and illustrations, The Printmaking Bible is the definitive resource to the ins-and-outs of every variety of serious printmaking technique practiced today.In-depth instructions are accompanied by profiles that show how working artists create their prints. Historical information, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section provide more invaluable tools. Perfect for students, artists, print aficionados, and collectors, this is truly the ultimate volume for anyone involved in this creative and influential art form.
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