From the Caddisfly’s ‘mobile residence’ to the Hummingbird’s ‘mini bedsit’ woven from plant fibres and spiders’ webs, Daniel Nassar describes 14 animal homes, with information about the animals as well as their building materials and techniques, all illustrated by the Spanish artist Julio Antonio Blasco. Age 8+
‘Elegant, outrageous, urbane, eccentric ... provocateurs to aesthetes’: from Thierry Hermés (1801–1878) to Gareth Pugh (b.1981), this volume profiles 75 designers who have made their mark on fashion, with photographic portraits, brief accounts of their collections or couture houses, and pictures of the clothes on the catwalks or in photo shoots.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
This is Rembrandt
Early success made Rembrandt rich and famous in the booming Amsterdam of the 1630s but his extravagance led to penury in later life. Considered the quintessential ‘old master’ painter today, his unconventional compositions and expressive intensity were groundbreaking in his own time. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
This Is Goya
Goya’s life as court painter was turned upside down by Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 and the artist responded with his drawings, The Disasters of War, employing an expressive and personal approach that would inspire artists of the next generation and beyond. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
This is Gauguin
After a brief spell in Peru as an infant, Paul Gauguin’s life is characterized by his travel to different parts of France and its colonies. The Breton peasants and indigenous Tahitians he encountered became a major influence on his work. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
This is Cézanne
Rejected repeatedly by the Paris art establishment, even when Impressionist contemporaries were achieving success, Paul Cézanne preferred the solitude of Provence where his experiments in colour and form broke new ground for the next generation of artists. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
Renaissance Art in Venice
From Tradition to Individualism
Tom Nichols describes how the traditional Venetian preference for anonymity and collaboration was challenged by Renaissance ideas, and how new values placed on innovation and individual expression gave painters, sculptors and architects a licence for artistic invention. In discussions of work by artists including Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian and Tintoretto, Nichols looks at how they transformed the older conventions of Venetian art and developed a new, personalized approach to technique and iconography.
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward
& Other Amazing Gardening Innovations
Many fundamentals of the gardening lexicon – from topiary and water features to the lawnmower and Dr Ward’s ground-breaking prototype terrarium – were once novelties, the result of aesthetic or technological innovation. This miscellany, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Dave Hopkins, celebrates fifty horticultural inventions and trends and considers how they have shaped the way in which we engage with our gardens today.
Modern Scandinavian Design
This extensively researched, highly illustrated guide to the everyday design traditions of the Nordic countries since 1925, an aesthetic which is broadly underpinned by a shared belief in social equality, ranges from decorative pieces to lighting, furniture and architecture. The authors explore the influences that characterize each country's contrasting output, such as the Danish philosophy of Hygge, the Finnish preference for functionality, the ethical approach favoured by Sweden and the rich folk heritage of Norway.
A Labyrinthine Compendium
Combining specially commissioned drawings and a short history of each maze, this book allows the reader to trace a route through 60 of the world’s most beguiling life-size puzzles. Both real and imagined, they range from the Nazca Lines of Peru and Roman mosaics in Portugal and Pompeii to the Winchester labyrinth, supposedly constructed by a melancholy schoolboy, and the walls of yew around which an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson lumbers in Kubrick’s The Shining.
Making the Americas Modern
Hemispheric Art, 1910–1960
Edward J Sullivan’s unconventional study, comprising ‘eight histories of visuality’, examines the ways in which art in the Americas was modernized in the period between two major exhibitions that heralded changes in the way artists created and marketed their work: the Armory Show in New York, 1913, and the first Bienal de S?o Paulo in 1951. Part of the Global Perspectives series.
London in the Company of Painters
London has fascinated painters for centuries, and central to that appeal has been the Thames. The 158 paintings in this book follow the river from Whistler’s Chelsea in the west to Turner’s Greenwich in the east, accompanied by an introductory text for each area and extensive captions giving historical context. Along the way are Monet’s Houses of Parliament, Lowry’s Piccadilly Circus, and St Paul’s, depicted both in 18th-century splendour by Canaletto and amid the ruins of the Blitz by David Bomberg.
Italian Renaissance Courts
Art, Pleasure and Power
In an authoritative study, illustrated with over 150 colour reproductions, Alison Cole goes beyond the famous centres of Renaissance culture – Florence, Rome and Venice – to explore the splendid and distinctive uses of art and the commissioning of artists at five great secular courts: Naples under Alfonso of Aragon; Urbino under Frederico de Montefeltro; the small principality of Ferrara, ruled by the Este family; the Gonzaga family’s Mantua; and Milan and Pavia under Ludovico Sforza.
The History of Modern Fashion
Framing changing styles in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear since 1850 as a phenomenon closely intertwined with other cultural forms, such as the performing arts, each chapter of this reference book begins with a concise summary of the political and social changes that took place during the decade under consideration. Illustrated with more than 600 images drawn from museum costume collections and the fashion press, it offers insights into the clothes worn both by icons and ordinary people.
Art of the Northern Renaissance
Courts, Commerce and Devotion
Stephanie Porras’s well-illustrated study examines how art in the Low Countries, France, England and Germany responded to rapid political, economic, social and religious changes and the rise of the urban merchant class in the Renaissance period. The work of artists including Van Eyck, Dürer, Holbein and Bosch is discussed in chapters on themes arranged chronologically, from works of art as courtly and devotional gifts in c.1380–1420, to paintings as commodities in the art market of c.1540–60.
Art of Renaissance Rome
Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City
Intended as an introduction to the art of Renaissance Rome, this narrative history is structured chronologically, from around 1300 to 1600, and describes the monuments, artists and patrons that were regarded by their contemporaries as the most important. Michelangelo and Raphael are among the dominant figures in this story, and works such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and Raphael’s School of Athens in the Vatican Palace remain some of the most celebrated in Renaissance art.
Icons of Women's Style
Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress, Chrissy Hynde’s leather jacket, Grace Kelly’s bikini…this visual history explores how a simple design idea can become an iconic style. Covering over 80 years of fashion, each chapter features a specific type of clothing made famous by a movie actress, supermodel, pop star or princess. Item by item, the book reveals the most influential garments and accessories, and examines their effect on the way women dress today.
Portraits of the World's Most Stylish Women
The fashion illustrator David Downton made his name working for magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair and has for 20 years been working on a series of portraits of celebrated women from the worlds of film, fashion and style. This collection of the work includes over 150 drawings and paintings of famous women, such as Catherine Deneuve, Gillian Anderson and Linda Evangelista, as well as anecdotes and photographs from the sittings.
20 Iconic Film Posters
Film director Otto Preminger gave Saul Bass his break in movies, allowing the designer to carry through his ideas of creating a unified graphic identity for a film, removing sensationalist illustrations and images of the stars. This book reproduces 20 of his classic poster designs, from Vertigo and Spartacus to The Shining. The reproductions are printed on heavy board and sized to fit 12 x 16 inch (305 x 406mm) frames.
The Modern Magazine
Visual Journalism in the Digital Era
Digital technology has had a profound effect on magazine publishing, reducing large circulations but making it easier to manipulate text and images, and cheaper than ever to print small numbers. This review of developments in magazine design in the 21st century includes hundreds of example pages from a wide spectrum of publications from mainstream titles to the many new independent magazines that have emerged in recent years.
Icons of Style
Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Françoise Hardy and Debbie Harry are among 20 women – film stars, models, musicians and a president’s wife – who have turned heads and set trends. Their portraits are reproduced in black and white or colour in this set of good quality, semi-matt postcards, presented in a pink paper wallet.
Badge Button Pin
Badges, buttons and pins have been around for over a century. Today they're everywhere: on lapels and bags all over the world and in the sketchbooks and on the screens of some of the hottest graphic designers, artists and illustrators. A badge can be a cheap and easy way to display political or cultural affiliations or it can simply be a fashion accessory. Cheap to produce and easy to make at home, the humble badge is the new T-shirt. A guide to the best and most beautiful badges being produced right now - be they graphic, textual or plain illustrative - this book explores the rich variety of uses of the badge since the year 2000 - whether it be promotion, revenue-raising or simply decorative. It will appeal to graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, artists, music lovers and badge enthusiasts of all ages.
New Underground Art
Graffiti and street art have been at the heart of visual subcultures for the past thirty years. However, as time progresses the new wave of artists are moving in fresh directions. Corporate giants have been quick to jump on the graffiti bandwagon, perceiving it as a shortcut to youth culture. Even street stickers have been highjacked by the multinationals for advertising. Frustrated by wholesale corporate theft of the scene, the latest generation of street artists are employing different techniques in their work, different means of dissemination, different materials, different ways of getting their work noticed. Using the detritus of the urban environmentadvertising, fly-tipped rubbish, street signsthe new scene is subverting the streetscape in 3D to shock, educate, and entertain. This book documents the new graffiti with photographs of the work and interviews with major players around the world.
This collection of needle felt designs contains step-by-step instructions to make 12 tiny dogs including a pug, miniature dachshund and a toy poodle. The tools and techniques for each design are explained clearly and close-up photographs show each stage of the process, making this book suitable for novice crafters.
Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present
Plans, Sections and Elevations
Andrew Ballantyne's selection of around 150 structures is designed to emphasize the many different functions of architecture. After an initial selection of 'culture-defining monuments' that includes the Parthenon, Hagia Sophia and the Eiffel Tower, the buildings are arranged by role, from dwelling places to bridges, government offices to opera houses, each one illustrated in plan, section and elevation and photographically, along with a lucid explanation of its architectural significance. The book's drawings are also featured on a CD-Rom in EPS and DWG format.
The Moving Metropolis
A History of London's Transport Since 1800
From horse-drawn trams and the opening of the first passenger railway in 1836, to the UK's first urban cable car, this engrossing volume traces the history of the transport systems that have made a vital contribution to the development of London. With informative texts and hundreds of captioned artworks and photographs, the book covers topics such as transport during wartime, the challenge of the motor car and architectural design as well as the trams, trains and buses that have kept London moving since 1800.
A Logo for London
The London Transport Bar and Circle
Since its first appearance on London Underground platforms in 1908, the 'bulls-eye', as it was then known, has become an instantly recognizable symbol for London. Designed by a team that included Edward Johnston, the bar and circle was originally red and blue with white lettering, but has proved amazingly adaptable. This richly illustrated book tells its story from drawing board to the London Olympics 2012, and surveys the best of the multitude of adaptations, including paintings, wartime posters, bus stops and souvenirs.