In the Theatre of the Imagination
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, whose collaboration with Roald Dahl has made him world famous. Ghislaine Kenyon has known him for 20 years, and offers an intimate portrait of the artist and the man. We see him at work in his south London studio, and learn of his love of flying machines, of all things French, and of his lesser-known work for schools, hospitals and charities. The book is liberally illustrated with Blake’s inimitable sketches and paintings.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, calligrapher, printer, publisher – William Morris was a man of astonishing energy, range and depth. This extensively illustrated volume focuses on the many and varied achievements of both Morris the man and Morris the firm through essays and detailed studies of his work. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book describes his stained glass, interior designs and book publishing ventures, and traces his influence in both Britain and the United States.
One Lump or Two
Tea, Twinings and Edward Bawden with Limericks by AJA Symons
During the 1920s and 1930s, Edward Bawden was commissioned to produce advertising illustrations for Twinings tea and coffee; drawings that were to accompany limericks by AJA Symons, the well-known author, dandy and epicure. As well as reproducing Bawden's advertisements and other drawings for tea companies, this tall, thin volume contains an essay by Peyton Skipwith and A Short History of Tea, originally issued by the Empire Tea Market Expansion Board in 1936.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders
Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957–1980
Under the direction of the designer Shirley Craven (b.1934), Hull Traders was one of the most innovative and influential textile studios of the 1960s; its bold, vivid patterns perfectly captured the exuberance and iconoclasm of the era. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, this stylish book celebrates a remarkable creative partnership, and reproduces more than 125 vibrant fabrics by such celebrated artists as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979) and Althea McNish (b.1933).
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Edward Bawden and His Circle
The Inward Laugh
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was one of a golden generation of artists born in the early years of the last century, studying under Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art along with Eric Ravilious and Douglas Percy Bliss, and later becoming the focus of a circle of artists in Great Bardfield in Essex. Yorke's lavishly illustrated study sets Bawden among his contemporaries and examines the enormous variety of media he worked in. With a foreword by David Gentleman.