Twentieth Century Ballerina
Illustrated with numerous rare performance and off-stage photographs, this celebration of Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) explores how she became one of the most influential dancers of her time. Painting a picture of a modern woman who took full control of her image and career, the author assesses Pavlova’s contribution to the developing ballet scene in the UK and looks at how the dance forms that she learned about on her world travels influenced her work.
Designing and Making Rings and Bangles
Incorporating information about tools, techniques (such as soldering and stone setting) and materials, with step-by-step instructions and over 200 photographs, beginners and experienced practitioners can create unique rings and bangles, while finding inspiration and encouragement to develop a personal style.
The Visual Guide to Everything You Need to Know
Ideal for those with some knowledge of macramé, this manual provides advice on materials and step-by-step instructions to help readers achieve a variety of knots for making rings, necklaces, earrings and a watch strap, and ultimately design their own pieces.
Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
For over two centuries, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has been the pride of Russian culture, a source of national prestige under tsars and communists alike; yet the shocking acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin in 2015 was but the latest in a long line of scandals. Here, the musicologist Simon Morrison charts the Bolshoi’s history of political manipulation and artistic rivalry, with the focus always on the ballet, ‘the cruellest and most wondrous of the arts’.
Jewellery Manufacture and Repair
As well as introducing the basic skills of metalworking, this practical guide describes the techniques of polishing, setting and finishing as well as casting various metals and repair skills such as ring resizing. Focusing on the traditional methods that master craftsmen have employed for centuries and illustrated with over 250 line drawings, the book was first published in 1978 and has remained a classic reference on the subject and continually in print ever since.
Written by an embroiderer and textile artist, this well-produced book includes ideas for creating everything from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to collars and purses. As well as traditional fabrics such as silk, lace, tulle and leather, the pieces use recycled plastic and items such as kebab skewers and garden mesh. The author outlines more than 30 techniques, while the 10 step-by-step projects are carefully described and photographed, and range in difficulty.
The Lure of Gold
An Artistic and Cultural History
From the dazzling treasures of the tombs of ancient Egypt to the refined style of later 20th-century design, the allure of gold, with its scarcity, its unfailing aesthetic brilliance and its unequalled malleability, has played a significant part in mankind's cultural, social, economic and artistic history. Each chapter in this generously illustrated study is devoted to a particular epoch, explaining where people of that time found gold, how they mined, refined and worked it, and the part it played in shaping their society.