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Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting [Paperback]

Hannah Nunn
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8 Nov 2012
The expressive potential of light captures the imagination of makers and designers from all sorts of disciplines. Based on interviews with more than forty global makers, this long-overdue review of the state of contemporary craft lighting explores the inspirations and methods of the best artists working in the area today. The book surveys practitioners who work with diverse materials, from textiles and ceramics to metal and glass, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of their work.

Written by maker and designer Hannah Nunn, Illuminate is a must-read revelation for artists practicing in the field, interior designers and stylists, and curious craft makers fascinated by the endless possibilities of lighting.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408147041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408147047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Hannah Nunn] has literally carved out a niche for herself with charming designs of cow parsley, dandelion clocks and other country themes that bring a real glow to people's lives. -- Anthony Hayward Horse & Countryside

About the Author

Hannah Nunn runs a successful practice as a designer and maker of paper-cut lighting. She sells her work widely in the UK and across the world through many craft galleries and interior design shops. Her lighting has appeared in national publications such as BBC Homes & Antiques, The Times and The Guardian Gift Guide and has featured on blogs such as Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy. This coverage, along with her website and Etsy shop, has helped her build a customer base across the globe.

Her own practice as a lighting designer sparked a passion for handmade lighting and in 2005 Hannah opened her shop Radiance in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, to showcase some of the exceptional makers using light to bring their craft to life. She has her design studio at the back of the premises and enjoys the balance between sourcing and making beautiful work for the shop. Hannah has always loved to tell the stories behind the designs and writing Illuminate has given her the opportunity to do just that and further champion the work of many designers working in the field.

Hannah lives in Hebden Bridge with her partner, two children and three cats.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating! 11 Nov 2012
By Bekols
Format:Paperback
This book is a brilliant introduction to some of the most exciting lighting design talent around the world. It is split into eight different sections based on the materials used (including paper, ceramics, textiles and recycled materials), and showcases a host of stunning and unusual lighting designs handpicked by the author, Hannah Nunn. It is obvious that Hannah has poured her heart into this book, getting to know each of her featured artists and asking them just the kind of questions I'd like to ask them myself. Hannah is clearly incredibly talented herself, and includes some of her own gorgeous designs. This is a lovely book full of inspiration and insight into this fascinating area of contemporary craft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring 26 Jan 2014
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Reading Hannah Nunn's book, Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting, is a most enjoyable form of armchair traveling. She introduces the reader to more than forty artisans who create handmade lights around the world. Hannah has a knack for bringing people together, and like her lighting and craft boutique Radiance in Hebdon Bridge, England, this book is a perfect medium for her talents, Not only is there a chapter on paper lighting (a special interest of mine), but the book includes much more... you'll learn about contemporary textile, ceramic, glass, print, wood, and metal lighting. There is also a chapter on recycled lights in which paper most definitely plays a role. The photographs are gorgeous and Hannah writes in an engaging, conversational style that makes Illuminate the type of book you can dip into at any time. Not a project-based, how-to tome, Hannah relates stories that tell why these creative individuals do what they do. Her enthusiasm for lighting is contagious; if you leave the book out for guests to enjoy, I predict they'll be drawn to it like moths to a flame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectrum in lighting 15 Oct 2013
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Have you ever wondered about the lampshade hierarchy? Let's build a skills ladder: our humble drum lampshade coming in at the bottom (people think these are easy-peasy to make), with the classic cone lampshade one rung above (more maths in making these). Further up the ladder we have the mighty empire and tailored lampshades (pins, hand sewing, hours of work to create just one). Higher still we have engineered lighting: either grandiose or modest, this type uses materials that demand engineering. What about the top spot? The lighting of all lighting?

There isn't one. This ladder is shaky. Because lighting and lampshades, no matter their method of manufacture or material, are admired and respected according only to our individual tastes and knowledge. No better is this illustrated than within the pages of Hannah Nunn`s book Illuminate Contemporary Craft Lighting. Divided into eight chapters covering materials such as ceramics, textiles, metal and glass, the breadth and scope of the lighting here demonstrates the diverse and inspiring world of other people's lighting creations... who's to say that one is any better than the other?

Check out Heather Gillespie`s cut and engraved hand-blown glass pendants, or David Trubridge`s coral and floral lights made using bamboo plywood, or Isabel Stanley`s ribbon bound shades, or Scabetti`s stainless steel shoal installations swimming overhead. Not forgetting the classic neutral drum lampshade by Quincy Lampshades sitting atop a Ken Eardley lamp base (sometimes, shades just have to be plain).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the sort of book I was looking for 8 Jun 2013
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Fabulous book well researched and illustrated. A very interesting look at the lampshades that are being produced by craft artists at the moment. Very inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring 12 Dec 2013
By Ann Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading Hannah Nunn's book, Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting, is a most enjoyable form of armchair traveling. She introduces the reader to more than forty artisans who create handmade lights around the world. Hannah has a knack for bringing people together, and like her lighting and craft boutique Radiance in Hebdon Bridge, England, this book is a perfect medium for her talents, Not only is there a chapter on paper lighting (a special interest of mine), but the book includes much more... you'll learn about contemporary textile, ceramic, glass, print, wood, and metal lighting. There is also a chapter on recycled lights in which paper most definitely plays a role. The photographs are gorgeous and Hannah writes in an engaging, conversational style that makes Illuminate the type of book you can dip into at any time. Not a project-based, how-to tome, Hannah relates stories that tell why these creative individuals do what they do. Her enthusiasm for lighting is contagious; if you leave the book out for guests to enjoy, I predict they'll be drawn to it like moths to a flame.
5.0 out of 5 stars good 6 Aug 2013
By Sarah Ashe - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this because I make paper lights and am in the book. good photos, intersting art work and well put together
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for DIY lighting designers looking for ideas 1 May 2013
By Eric Army - Published on Amazon.com
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This book shows a number of design concepts for lighting (mainly shades/ shields and lenses) that gets the creative juices going. It is nicely organized into sections by material type. Makes you really want to get in the workshop and make some lights!

It is not a technical manual, and does not really address lamping or construction details.

I am an architect, worked as a lighting designer for a year and have used this for an upper level undergraduate design course I have taught.
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