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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Major Impact; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0956767400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956767400
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Major-George, a highly respected British collagraph artist and illustrator has been specialising in esoteric art whilst travelling on her personal journey. After graduating from Art and Design college, Kims art career has spanned over 30 years from surface pattern designing for the gift industry, teaching Art and Design, to book illustrating in the 90 s. Her work load with high profile clients like Habitat, Harrods, John Lewis, Safeways, Debenhams and Boots took its toll and, as a result, her own personal health suffered; a rethink into where she was going was urgently needed. Her journey into the esoteric world and the consequential imagery that followed was a result from the quest to find a work/life balance. She found a commercial outlet for her personal imagery in the Mind Body and Spirit industry through books, magazines, cards and promotional literature and commissions for her very evocative imagery of dream landscapes, other dimensions, astrological imagery, angels and unicorns as can be seen in esoteric market place today. The journey into collagraph art came on the back of an interesting book brief, requiring images from the mythological world of Lumeria, the time before Atlantis. This process so intrigued her she followed it through, by layering the images up with mixed media, iridescent metallic threads and precious foils, taking collagraph prints in a new direction. She has now taken her hand embellishing further, with many of her large gallery pieces exploring texture and the marriage of collagraph with tarnished embossed metals, soluble fibres, natural barks and stitching. She now supplies galleries, fulfils commissions from private clients, sells and demonstrates at art shows and craft centres up and down the country and is President of the Beds, Bucks and Herts Print Society.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Samanta-Laughton, Punk Scientist on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not only a beautiful book, but one of many dimensions and aspects making it totally unique. Firstly, it is a 'how to' book which will be the reason that many budding artists pick the book up - to know how to print using the collagraph method. For this purpose the book is brilliant - with clear step-by-step pictures and insider tips, which make even a novice like me both feel at ease and inspired about the possibilities.

Next, it is a journey; the author openly shares her insights about her own growth along the way - what inspired her and what she has learnt about herself through her journey. Amazingly, it is also a book of magical inspiration that gives a glimpse behind the veil of reality in a way that not many books in this genre manage to do, with tales of Atlantis, Unicorns and Taoist philosophy as well as inspirational quotes along the way which will help you in all aspects of life as well as your printing.

The book is a work of art in itself, the themes are cleverly laid out on the pages to visually take you through your collagraph journey, without ever being over fussy or unclear and crowd you - the section on Byzantium will just take your breath away. 'Collagraph: a journey through texture' by Kim Major-George is a visual and multidimensional treat for both the artist and non-artist alike. You may pick this book up to learn about collagraphic printing, but you will gain much, much more
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shamanka on 25 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Collagraph - A Journey Through Texture is a work of art in itself. Not only that it is a work of the heart, for the artist Kim Major George has put her heart and soul into its creation. Stunning photography, clear and concise text, immense detail on every step of the process....Kim takes you on your very own journey into creativity, whether you are a collograph "professional" or just starting out with a few bits of wallpaper and some glue. The effects you can achieve are stunning. The images Kim creates have a life of their own, and as someone clearly on her own spiritual as well as artistic journey, inspirational and uplifting quotes are provided as well. Its quite simply an Aladdins cave of a book, and just flipping through it makes you want to start your own creations! From Buddhas to mermaids and unicorns it has it all!Well done Kim!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annette Sykes on 21 April 2011
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What a wonderful addition to the artist/printmakers armoury, practical and uncomplicated for the less experienced, yet a wealth of inspiration for those of us who know the ropes - so to speak - but wanting to advance another mile along the road, a feast for the eyes and the soul. Well done Kim. I look forward to the next miracle along your path.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By archaeo arty nut on 31 Dec. 2011
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Really enjoyed this book and can't wait to get my own printing press to put it all into action having been so inspired!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Badger on 28 July 2013
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This book describes well the techniques and materials require for a beginner in the collagraph world. It is a modern approach to the subject with some beautiful examples of works in progress from the author. I would have liked to have seen more techniques illustrated including working with gesso/polyfiller etc and how to build textures in the mediums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mum of Two on 10 Oct. 2013
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I am constantly referring to this book as I go long, it is a beautiful book that has step to step guidelines which are user friendly and the best bit about it is the photography and illustrations to help guide you whilst you go on the wonderful journey of printmaking. I brought a press from Kim Major George too so now I am really having fun. Emma
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Osborn on 13 Jan. 2015
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Although this book is indeed beautifully photographed, I found it disappointing in many ways and utterly frustrating in many ways too. It is riddled with spelling mistakes, poor punctuation and plain bad typesetting which all annoyed me to start with. There is a lot of space devoted to the author's belief in the historical existence of Aquarius and other mystic stuff that would be better placed in a book solely devoted to that subject. There is some useful information in the book, but quite a bit is skipped over and it reads a lot like someone's notes from a lecture, prior to writing an essay. The section of work by other artists devotes a lot more space to the artists' beliefs and inspiration than it does to showing their work. This could be a really good book, but it feels more like a first draft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hibbitt on 30 Jun. 2013
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this book gives you all the information you need to get started with the process of collagraph. brilliantly set out with great examples of work to illustrate key points. the show case of other artists at the back is great too!
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