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Silversmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Making
Silversmithing: A Contemporary Guide to Making
by Brian Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Essential Buy, 10 May 2014
If you are a student, apprentice or emerging silversmith, jeweller or are working with metals this book is an essential guide to everything you need to know about the different processes and methods of making. This book documents fine examples of British silverware and includes detailed notes on how these beautiful contemporary crafted pieces were cast, chased, constructed, forged, spun, raised, formed, modelled, engraved or enamelled. With a chapter on the latest applied technology such as CAD and 3D printing.


The Artist's Guide to Selling Work
The Artist's Guide to Selling Work
by Annabelle Ruston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Guide for Artists, Printmakers, Sculptors & Photographers, 8 Feb. 2014
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Annabelle Ruston's 'The Artist's Guide to Selling Work' 2nd edition is one of the important guides that any emerging visual artist should purchase, whether a recent graduate or more established arts practitioner. To be able to sell your work it is vital that artists are fully informed about professional knowledge of the Art world and legal matters such as what is judged to be a fair or advantageous agreement. It is vital that every art college, studio complex and creative business support centre should buy at least several copies of this book.


Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
by Paul Koudounaris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing & Beautiful, 8 Feb. 2014
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This book is the most beautiful and fascinating work I have seen and read in the last decade. The most extraordinary imagery enchanted & haunting. An incredible and important piece of research, documentation and photography. Every Art & Humanities College in the country, if not world, should purchase this publication.


Design Create Sell: A Guide to Starting and Running a Successful Fashion Business (Country Living)
Design Create Sell: A Guide to Starting and Running a Successful Fashion Business (Country Living)
by Alison Lewy
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book for Fashion Designers, Makers & Sellers, 16 Sept. 2013
Alison Lewy of Fashion Angel 'Turn Your Talent Into A Business - Design Create Sell - A Guide to Starting and Running a Successful Fashion Business' is such a lovely book. Alison Lewy's book is super and its the sort of book I really needed myself when I was younger as it explains quite complicated matters in a really easy to understand way. You don't need to be a fashion designer to buy this book, the book is so well written it embraces designers, makers and sellers from those who have attended night school classes, City and Guilds, NVQ, or studied to BA or MA level.


Propaganda: Power and Persuasion
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion
by David Welch
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Interesting Book I've Read in A very Long Time, 8 Jun. 2013
Propaganda - Power and Persuasion by David Welch
This publication accompanies the excellent exhibition at the British Library in London, thought really it is a book which is a stand alone work,and is a total masterpiece of research, extraordinary insight and explanation. A fascinating work, which is an absolute must for anyone interested in the subject of persuasion, attracting attention, publicity stunts,communication, advertising, social/new media and psychology. This book is essential reading for every image maker, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, historian, thinker and academic. The themes and revelations revealed ironically blend in seamlessly to the uncomfortable mood music of our times.
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The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh
The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh
by John Cairney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Good Book, 8 Feb. 2013
I think this book is an excellent book about the Scottish Architect and Painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It must have taken years and years of patience research. I have the 2007 version so any previous errors in the 2004 version appeared to have been rectified. Writing any kind of text book, biography or historical investigation requires great determination, not just to get the work finished but published without errors or parts missing, which sometimes does happen due to over zealous editing or errors in page layout.Its easy to write a 50 word critical review, much harder to finish a 50,000 word manuscript.


The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh
The Quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh
by John Cairney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Good Book, 8 Feb. 2013
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I think this book is an excellent book about the Scottish Architect and Painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It must have taken years and years of patience research. Any early errors in the 2004 version appeared to have been rectified. Writing any kind of text book, biography or historical investigation requires great determination, not just to get the work finished but published without errors or parts missing, which sometimes does happen due to over zealous editing or errors in page layout.Its easy to write a 50 word critical review, much harder to finish 50,000 word manuscript.


[ WRITING SKILLS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS STYLE AND TECHNIQUE FOR MAINSTREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA BY FOSTER, JOHN](AUTHOR)PAPERBACK
[ WRITING SKILLS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS STYLE AND TECHNIQUE FOR MAINSTREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA BY FOSTER, JOHN](AUTHOR)PAPERBACK
by John Foster
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide to PR for the 21st Century, 10 Oct. 2012
Writing Skills for Public Relations. 5th edition

Sub-titled Style and technique for mainstream and social media

Published by Kogan Page for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the
PR in practice series of textbooks for students and practitioners. By John Foster

I've been lucky enough to see a preview of this book. This guide examines public relations in this new era of social networks. It is now absolutely essential not to make any mistakes. If you distribute content with typos, gaffs, and errors that go on to the web, it is almost impossible to correct once copy goes viral.

Written by John Foster, a PR professional and former journalist, this latest edition reminds us all to take more time in considering how we create marketing content and that details are important. His thoughts on social media really made me reconsider my own approach to online networks and rethink my interaction with them. Since realising some of my mistakes, I feel that I understand more about how social media such as Facebook and Twitter really work.

As I write this, there has been an explosion of unethical strategies to attract online followers which, if remained unchecked, will turn social media into a virtual skip of spam. A thoughtful, intelligent and well-crafted comment or piece will attract attention and be popularised by 're-tweets' and 'sharing'.

The book's central objective is to help anyone earning their living by the written and spoken word. It does this by offering advice on such topics as developing and policing a house style, avoiding clichés and jargon, ensuring readability, speech writing and presentation techniques, proof correction and the legal issues facing all writers.

A little pricey at £24.99 but worth every penny.


Social Joy: A Quick, Easy Guide to Social Media for Authors, Artists, and Other Creative Types Who Hate Marketing
Social Joy: A Quick, Easy Guide to Social Media for Authors, Artists, and Other Creative Types Who Hate Marketing
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent book for beginners to social media, 24 July 2012
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Social Joy is an excellent book if you are a novice to social networking and the blogosphere. I found this book extremely useful as a first step to understanding some of the many technical elements in being able to use social networks to your best advantage and how blogging works. My only small criticism is that the book could benefit from a short index and include some screen grabs. These small niggles aside - a good first read before you cover more complex publications.


The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice (Association of Illustrators)
The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice (Association of Illustrators)
by Association of Illustrators
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic contract law guide for artists, illustrators and Designers, 19 Dec. 2011
'The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice' is a brilliant book suitable for any artist or creative who is venturing into the commercial realm whether it is publishing, advertising, merchandising or editorial commissions. Though the book was originally written for illustrators it is actually suitable for most visual artists. The author of this book Simon Stern was the most brilliant and insightful man in regard to rights of the creator. He fought many successful battles on behalf of illustrators to help them gain a better deal and win back ownership of their copyright. I would like to add another 20 stars to this rating.
This book is highly recommended in The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers (Essential Guides) and also in my two page business start-up booklist available for free from[...]


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