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100 Years of Fashion

100 Years of Fashion

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100 Years of Fashion documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students.

The last hundred or so years bore witness to the transformation of women's fashion. The restrictive corsetry of the early twentieth century gave way to looser styles such as those made fashionable by French fashion designer Paul Poiret. As women's lives changed dramatically under the shadow of two World Wars, so the style of female dress was altered beyond recognition. From home dressmaking to couture, from rationing to 'The New Look', from the birth of the teenager to mass manufacture, from high society to celebrity culture.

Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. This is the third in Cally Blackman's series of fashion titles, previously publishing 100 Years of Fashion Illustration and 100 Years of Menswear with Laurence King Publishing.

As featured in The Cut Magazine

"If you need a book with visual representation of the history of fashion this one is one of the best" - Goodreads reader

"Wonderfully illustrated history of fashion from the early 1900's to now. Discusses styles, materials, trends and famous icons of style. Comprehensive and a great read." - Amazon review

All-New Twenty to Make: Rock Art

All-New Twenty to Make: Rock Art

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Make 20 beginner friendly works of rock art - all you need is paint, a brush and a pebble!

Looking for a new hobby that really rocks?
Pebble painting is fun, creative and inexpensive, and is the perfect craft for beginners and families as well as more seasoned artists. All you need is a rock, some paint or marker pens and your imagination!
Art therapist and author Denise Scicluna will take you through the whole process, from choosing the right rock and sketching out your designs to varnishing and finishing your pebbles.
The book contains 20 of Denise's fun, colorful designs:

  • Ladybird
  • Mandala
  • Sheep
  • Googly-eyed monster
  • Frog
  • Lion
  • Penguin
  • Fruits
  • Houses
  • Owl
  • Flower
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Rainbow
  • Ice cream cone
  • Each project contains a list of the materials needed, clear written step-by-step instructions and a labelled diagram to refer to, along with an inspiring photograph of the finished pebble.
    With tips for customization throughout, this book will inspire you to get pebble painting in no time

    ART IS LIFE

    ART IS LIFE

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    From the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of How to Be an Artist a deliciously readable survey of the art world in turbulent times

    Jerry Saltz is one of our most-watched writers about art and artists, and a passionate champion of the importance of art in our shared cultural life. Since the 1990s he has been an indispensable cultural voice: witty and provocative, he has attracted contemporary readers to fine art as few critics have. An early champion of forgotten and overlooked women artists, he has also celebrated the pioneering work of African American, LGBTQ+, and other long-marginalized creators. Sotheby's Institute of Art has called him, simply, "the art critic."

    Now, in Art Is Life, Jerry Saltz draws on two decades of work to offer a real-time survey of contemporary art as a barometer of our times. Chronicling a period punctuated by dramatic turning points--from the cultural reset of 9/11 to the rolling social crises of today--Saltz traces how visionary artists have both documented and challenged the culture. Art Is Life offers Saltz's eye-opening appraisals of trailblazers like Kara Walker, David Wojnarowicz, Hilma af Klint, and Jasper Johns; provocateurs like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and Marina Abramovic; and visionaries like Jackson Pollock, Bill Traylor, and Willem de Kooning. Saltz celebrates landmarks like the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, writes searchingly about disturbing moments such as the Ankara gallery assassination, and offers surprising takes on figures from Thomas Kinkade to Kim Kardashian. And he shares stories of his own haunted childhood, his time as a "failed artist," and his epiphanies upon beholding work by Botticelli, Delacroix, and the cave painters of Niaux.

    With his signature blend of candor and conviction, Jerry Saltz argues in Art Is Life for the importance of the fearless artist--reminding us that art is a kind of channeled voice of human experience, a necessary window onto our times. The result is an openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most important cultural observers.

    Art of Tattoo: A Tattoo Artist's Inspirations, Designs, and Hard-Won Advice

    Art of Tattoo: A Tattoo Artist's Inspirations, Designs, and Hard-Won Advice

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    Tattoo artist Megan Massacre presents a beautiful collection of her best work, with instructive how-to and inspiration for both professional tattoo artists as well as tattoo aficionados. With a personal behind-the-scenes peek into the making of a tattoo, from concept to execution, plus fan favorite tattoos and tattoo cover-ups, this approachable, full-color paperback will feature everything Massacre has learned over the years. Part idea sourcebook, part tattoo opus, this is an art book that tattoo fans will be eager to read and display.
    Art Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2024: The Next Best Thing to Exploring Your Favorite Museum

    Art Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2024: The Next Best Thing to Exploring Your Favorite Museum

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    Your personal museum.
    Beauty and brilliance for art lovers it's the next best thing to wandering your favorite galleries. Each day is a masterpiece--from Edgar Degas's Seated Dancer to a colorful digital illustration by Nancy Kouta to a vibrant 16th-century Turkish jug--representing a wide range of mediums, eras, and cultures. Unprecedented quality, with its exceptional photography, coated paper, and exacting standards of color printing, this calendar is a gallery for your desk. Printed on responsibly sourced paper.

    Page-a-Day(R) Gallery Calendars include 160 sheets of glossy, high quality paper printed with gorgeous full-color photographs. Each calendar is packaged in a clear plastic box that opens into a desktop easel for elegant, inspiring display.

    Artist's Complete Book of Drawing Projects Step-by-step

    Artist's Complete Book of Drawing Projects Step-by-step

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    When it comes to drawing there is no substitute for practice, and with this collection of 100 drawing projects you'll never be short of inspiration.

    From capturing the play of light in a sparkling water glass to composing a family portrait, there is a wide range of subject matter to develop your skills. Each drawing is broken down into five easy steps, so you can see exactly how tone is applied at every stage.

    Whether you are budding artist or a professional wishing to hone their skills, Barrington Barber's accessible teaching style makes this a must-have manual for those looking to improve their drawing using a relaxed but effective method.

    Botanical Artist: Learn to Draw and Paint Flowers in the Style of Pierre-Joseph Redouté

    Botanical Artist: Learn to Draw and Paint Flowers in the Style of Pierre-Joseph Redouté

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    Capture the enchanting beauty of the natural world with this accessible guide to delightful botanical drawing, inspired by the revered art style of Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

    Pierre-Joseph Redouté was one of the world's most influential botanical artists, known as 'the Rafael of flowers'. During his lifetime he worked as the official court artist to Queen Marie-Antoinette and then to Empress Joséphine, the wife of Napoléon Bonaparte. Today he remains a giant in the world of botanical illustration, his style influencing artists to this day.

    Artist and educator François Balsan guides you through the processes that Redouté perfected, using step-by-step instructions to explain how you, too, can create beautifully realistic images of plants and flowers. Artists of all abilities will be able to follow the clear guidance and projects inside, with handy tips and tricks to help you on your way.

    Published in association with The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, this practical guide uses Kew's extensive botanical archives to feature Redouté's inspiring artwork.

    Includes:
    - Advice on equipment and preparing watercolor paints
    - Focused projects to build up your expertise
    - Tips on achieving different painting effects
    - Guidance on perspective and presenting the results of your work

    Learn from the master of botanical art to produce delicate botanical artwork, based on the beautiful flora that grows around us.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Publishing and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have collaborated to create a wonderful selection of botanical-themed art, crafts and activity books, including origami, dot-to-dots and color-by-numbers.

    Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metro

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    Claude Monet Waterlilies

    Claude Monet Waterlilies

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    A gorgeous new edition with the cover printed on silver. Towards the end of his life and much inspired by Japanese water gardens, Monet spent a great deal of time in his beloved Giverny. Adorned with poppies, blue sage, dahlias and irises, the waters were disturbed only by bamboos and water lilies. His water garden was originally created to satisfy a need to be near water, and to provide a visual feast that could be enjoyed from his house. The pond was fed by the river Ru, and weeping willow and silver birch hung over its edges, caressing the fronds of the greenery and blossoms below. Its famous green wooden footbridge was built across the water and it became the central focus of many of his works. He said, 'It took me some time to understand my water lilies. I planted them for pleasure.' and so he began to work on what is probably the most famous series of paintings the world has ever seen.
    CREATURE

    CREATURE

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    BEST OF THE YEAR
    The Guardian - SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox

    From the creator of The Arrival, a collection of essays illuminating his thoughts and advice for writers and artists, young and old.

    Shaun Tan is one of the world's most highly acclaimed narrative artists--his stories and images are loved by countless young and not-so-young readers around the world. Drawing upon 25 years as a picture book and comics creator, painter, and film-maker, Creature explores the central obsession of this visionary artist, from casual doodles to studied oil-paintings.

    Beyond sketches for acclaimed works such as The Arrival, The Lost Thing, and Tales From Outer Suburbia, this volume collects together for the first time unseen and stand-alone illustrations, each resonant with unwritten tales of their own. Detailed commentary by the artist offers an entertaining insight into the endless allure of imaginary, non-human beings and what they might tell us about our so-called "normal" human selves.

    Artists, writers, students, dreamers, and anyone interested in the deeper undercurrents of creativity, myth, and visual metaphor will find inspiration in these pages.

    P R A I S E

    "Weird and wonderful. Tan often explores the junction between adult experience and childhood memory."
    --The Sydney Morning Herald

    "A strange beast: dark, whimsical and deeply moving."
    --The Guardian

    "Like Miyazaki, Tan engages audiences across a wide range of age and sophistication."
    --The New York Times

    ★ "Tan acts as artist, curator, interpretive essayist, and catalog editor for a gallery of over two hundred pieces of his own works that highlight a dominant theme of animate beings--some real, most invented, but all fellow travelers through our world and through our psyches."
    --BCCB (starred)

    ★ "This gorgeously designed coffee-table survey of his picture book, comics, exhibition and sketchbook work exposes readers to a 26-year panoply of off-kilter conceptions, in all their disquieting delight. Wondrous."
    --Booklist (starred)