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All Wrapped Up! Paperback – 29 Mar 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (29 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811843734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811843737
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The nephew of a paper-product salesman, Kevin Akers is an award-winning designer and illustrator. He is principal of Kevin Akers design + imagery, a San Francisco Bay Area firm specializing in identity design, print, and retail packaging.

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Format: Paperback
I thought I'd share this fab book I purchased a couple of days ago. It's called All Wrapped Up!: Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960s, it's by Kevin Akers, and you really have to check it out. Fans of the illustration, color combos, and design techniques of the sixties will really love it, as will folks (like me) who think that everyday things like gift wrap say more about a time and place than most history books. There are poodles a-plenty, as well as kittens in space helmets, super groovy psychedelic bridal shower patterns, and some amazing abstract patterns.
Have you ever walked into a bookstore, picked up a book, glanced inside, then walked immediately to the cashier to buy it? Yeah, that was me with this book.
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This has something for everyone! Starting from the sophisticated book design and well-researched copy to the hundreds and hundreds of fantastic gift wraps. A must-have guide to 1960s design and illustration. Sections that were my favorites: Animals, Man's Interest, Flower Power and 1960s Patterns. I loved it so much I bought 6 copies for friends!
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I love this book! Having bought it without ever having seen a copy or hearing from anyone who owned it, I was a little nervous about whether it would actually be of any interest to me. I'm happy to say I was thrilled with my purchase! The illustrations are beautiful. If you are at all interested in 50s/60s/70s design I think you'll find something to admire within these pages. It's a good sized book, bursting at the seams with colourful retro gems guaranteed to inspire any textiles, graphics or general art and design fan.
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I love retro wrapping paper and patterns, and had been searching for a book like this for a while. I have always wished I had saved some of the paper my presents had been wrapped in as a child. My mum had used some old papers which she had accumulated over the years and I always thought they were wonderful.

This book has such a great selection of designs each put into categories such as Birthday, New baby, Wedding, Christmas, Animals, sixties patterns, mens interest and woman's world. Each page tends to have one whole side dedicated to one paper, and the other side with 4 samples of other papers and a very small and basic description of each design. It does not have a huge amount of psychedelic patterns, but does contain a few. It has mainly got patterns which involve pictures of animals, babies and identifiable things, rather than pure pattern. The papers are designed in different ways, but I feel they tend to possess a softness about them, which the designs of today do not have. The whole book has a very nostaligic feel to it.

I feel the book is a good size, has been presented well and is printed on good paper. The colours are great, and there are many, making the book very exciting to look at. As an artist myself I also find the book full of inspiration, with so many pages of designs, you see something new every time you open it. It may also be useful for design students wishing to write about such a topic, critically evaluating and comparing the designs with today. There is not much text in the book, however, there are 27 pages at the start which describe some details about the history of wrapping paper and 'the business of wrapping paper'. There is also a page describing each theme of the book before the pictures for that theme are shown.
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