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Surfaces and Textures: A Visual Sourcebook [Paperback]

Polly O'Neil
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Book Description

7 Nov 2008
This book aims to provide a wealth of visual imagery for ideas and inspiration. This collection of amazing images has been gathered over the last 10 years, showing details of surface textures of everything from rust and wood to lichen and old sails, and has been divided up into themes to make it more accessible. The author has captured fascinating aspects of both natural and man-made things otherwise overlooked, showing the reader their hidden qualities. Elements of skips, old paint, driftwood and stone walls from around the world all contribute to a range of beautiful patterns and samples which make up this selection of photographs. Every surface tells a story and these beautiful images provide a visual sourcebook for artists from all areas of the Visual Arts.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (7 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713688599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713688597
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.5 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Currently a course leader at Reigate School of Art, Design and Media teaching Art and Design, Polly has trained as both a teacher and ceramicist. This project is something that has been ongoing for her since 2000.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast!! 31 Jan 2009
Wow! Goodness me, I bought this book to help inspire me with my textile prints I am in my final year at university and looking into surfaces so this book was perfect. There are many many beautiful photographs; I particularly love the pears which have spherical mould growing on them - this book is very thoughtful and highlights the beauty in many daily things that often pass us by. This is a lovely book whether you are looking for inspiration or not!! Highly recommended!!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary view of the ordinary 3 Feb 2009
Polly O'Neil's camera has captured scenes to make everyday objects (fruit, walls, trees and even a skip) things of wonder, interest and unexpected beauty. Her words, factual yet inspiring, encourage you to look at the world around you with new eyes. After you have immersed yourself in this world of textures and surfaces, an everyday walk will suddenly become a trip into the unknown and you will find yourself noticing the astonishing variety of colour and detail to be found almost everywhere you look.
Any student of art or textiles would find this sourcebook invaluable. Anyone, student or not,who is at all interested in their surroundings, would find something to appreciate in this extraordinary view of the ordinary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Aid to Creative Embroidery. 22 Nov 2009
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A gift for my wife, the book has already proved to be a valuable aid to her creative embroidery work and is now also being ordered by other members of her embroidery class who have seen her copy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Sep 2009
I was very disappointed with the image quality in this book.
The majority of the images appear to be low resolution and out of focus.
The text accompanying them was waffle of the first order.
Incompetent photography and mindless text, leaves little inspiration for the artist.
There are many far better source books out there, at lower cost.
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