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The Art of Papermaking with Plants
The Art of Papermaking with Plants
by Marie-jeanne Lorente
Edition: Paperback

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment, 24 Feb. 2004
The mistakes and misleading information in this book were a real disappointment for me. Mistakes such as confusing blackberry with mulberry for the origins of Chinese paper; the author states that it was Tsai Lun who thought of making paper from wasps nests whereas it was Reamur in the 18th century in France. Her greatest error is that of not macerating the fibres, which is essential in making true paper. Bleach may make the fibres whiter but the paper will not last long and will soon turn brittle. The photos are good but as a paper historian and papermaker myself I was quite upset at the thought that newcomers could so easily be misled by this book. The one star is for the photos.

Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
by Victoria Finlay
Edition: Hardcover

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An art history student's answer to prayer, 3 Oct. 2002
I've been looking for a book like this for ages. Victoria Finlay's sub-title (Travels Through the Paint-box)describes this fascinating tome well.It is partly an autobiographical travelogue and partly a history of all the colours of the rainbow. There are several useful maps and some stunning photographs - I suppose more would have put the price up too much. Because she covers so many colours there is a tendency sometimes to feel 'I wish she had gone more deeply into that,' but the excellent bibliography and end-notes will enable me to research further into those areas. This should be in all art department libraries and on the bookshelves of all art students who can afford it. If I hadn't bought it already it would be top of my Christmas list.

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