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The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot kit (Boxed Set)
The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot kit (Boxed Set)
by Karen Mahony
Edition: Cards

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cats and, yes, it is ethical, 17 Jan. 2005
The cats were photographed in their normal state (i.e. without clothes) and in normal cat-like postures, and then the images were adapted using Photoshop and incorporating the most lovely miniature Baroque costumes.
That out of the way, the deck itself is superb. Every image is a joy. Some of the images are sad, some are rather whimsical, some are funny (in an ironic kind of way). The cats attend masqued balls, go to the theatre, ride through Prague's elegant streets, all the time illustrating the archetypal truths embodied in the 78 cards of the Tarot. Cats aside, it's a traditional deck with 22 Major Arcana; the 56 Minors are divided up into the usual 4 suits. It is good for readings. The book that goes with it is well-written- not pretentious and not fluffy-bunny (fluffy-cat ?) either, just useful and interesting.
The creators of this deck also created the Tarot of Prague. I felt then that they would not be able to surpass themselves, so excellent was that deck.In fact, I think they have. Beginners could use these cards, I think, but it has something for everybody. Except those who really can't abide cats.
Heartily recommended.


Dulac's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Dulac's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Edmund Dulac
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pleasure for lovers of romance, 25 Nov. 2004
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If you know anything of the Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, you will know at least some of Edmund Dulac's beautifully atmospheric pictures, made the best part of a century ago to accompany such works as Sinbad, the Arabian Nights and the works of Hans Christian Andersen. This book contains 50 illustrations, every one of them a work of art. They are breathtaking. If you have ever loved fairy tales, you may well recognize some of these images too. There is hardly any text. Each illustration has its own page, so the details are really clear.
This would be ideal as a gift, either as an introduction to Dulac for a beginner or as a celebration for a more seasoned Dulac fan.Highly recommended.


Frida
Frida
by Hayden Herrera
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful biography, larger-than-life subject, 19 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: Frida (Paperback)
It must be difficult to write a biography of a myth, and that's what Frida Kahlo is, a larger-than-life figure who really was a legend in her own lifetime. It's all here-her childhood, her school life and friendships, the terrible accident, her politics, her complex relationship with Diego Rivera,her relationships with other men and with women and, yes, the paintings. Some of which are reproduced here in colour.The author is clearly an admirer of Kahlo but never falls into the hagiographic trap. An intelligently-written and passionately-felt biography. If you know Kahlo's paintings, this book will enhance your appreciation of them. If you don't know them, your curiosity will be aroused.
I love this book. And am going to recommend it to various friends.


Negative Scream: Story of Young People Who Took an Overdose
Negative Scream: Story of Young People Who Took an Overdose
by Sally O'Brien
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting-but is it dated ?, 12 Nov. 2004
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The author of this book is a psychologist who undertook a study of young people who had taken overdoses in the Central London area in the late 1970s. Much of her book is based on case-studies of, and interviews with, these people. ( The first interview was conducted within 24 hours of the admission to hospital.The enormous amount of compassion and tact needed for such a task can be imagined.)
There are pharmacological and psychiatric books galore on overdosing. They lack-one might suggest, necessarily-a certain human-ness. This book is very humane, putting the stories of the interviewees at the centre.Their reasons for overdosing are, as you would expect, varied. So is the sort of treatment they receive in hospital. As an ex-overdoser and ex-self harmer, I recognize both the concerned, compassionate and (understandably, in some cases) bewildered staff and the staff who stop just one inch short of sadism. I do hope the latter reaction has declined somewhat since the book was written. I also hope that the author's very sensible suggestions about more support for distressed people has been taken heed of by various bodies. Counselling has come to the fore since this book was written. And there are many more self-help groups. One thing the book could have which it lacks is an epilogue, bringing us up to date with these developments.

It's not an easy bedtime read, but it is interesting. Also, the author is to be praised for not falling into jargon or easy-fix solutions.


One Day In September [VHS]
One Day In September [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £3.15

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving film, 6 Sept. 2004
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I don't think anyone could watch this film and not be moved . .to anger as well as tears. The hopeless (as we know now) situation of the Israeli hostages is interspersed with interviews with many of the people involved that day, and with coverage of the Olympic events themselves. Though we know how it's going to end, the almost unbearable tension is palpable.
This video is rated 12 and over. Would I be happy for a 12-year-old to see close-up photographs of the dead hostages ? Depends on the 12-year-old, I think.
The apparent lack of remorse in the only surviving terrorist remains the most chilling aspect of this film, whilst the daughter placing sunflowers on the grave of the father she cannot remember remains the most poignant.


Jacanamijoy
Jacanamijoy
by Eduardo Serrano
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling paintings to lose yourself in, 4 Sept. 2004
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Jacanamijoy is a contemporary artist living in Colombia. His work is like nothing else I've come across. Though he trained at art college in Bogota and is thus no stranger to the Western tradition of art (and is clearly not a naive or outsider artist,for this reason), he grew up in a tribe that has its being deep in the Amazonian rainforest.It is the rainforest that feeds his paintings. He is also steeped in shamanic practices , so what is painted on the canvas is not just what one sees with the outer eye but what one sees with the inner eye, the dream eye.If these paintings are hallucinations-and the vividness of them suggests this-then they are not pathological visions but mythic ones, springing from the society to which Jacanamijoy belongs. Every time I look, there is something different. These paintings are not artefacts, they are experiences.


Mantegna Tarot: Tarot Cards
Mantegna Tarot: Tarot Cards
Price: £13.40

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous not-quite-Tarot, 4 Sept. 2004
I'm not clear whether this deck was called Tarot in Renaissance times or whether its been renamed Tarot by its contemporary adapter, but Tarot it isn't. It is 50 cards depicting many images-predominantly human- images from the Renaissance. 1-10 depict different classes of Renaissance society, starting with Wretched and ending with Pope ! 9 more cards are devoted to the 9 Muses, which makes me think this could be an excellent tool for exploring creativity issues.
If you want a deck that gives you a real flavour of the social, cultural and philosophical concerns of the Renaissance, this is it.And the images are beautifully coloured, each card enhanced with silver foil, giving it a really sumptuous Renaissance feel. I bought it mainly to see how it may have influenced Tarot decks-some of the images are similar-but I'm going to enjoy it for the above reasons too.
I'm giving it 4 just because of the possible confusion caused by the word "Tarot" in the title.It looks excellent.I'm very pleased I've added it to my collection.
BECAUSE OF THE LOOSE USE OF THE WORD TAROT, THIS DECK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.
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Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go
Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go
by Shaun McNiff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, useful ideas, 18 Aug. 2004
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Earlier in the year, I came across Mcniff's book ART AS MEDICINE. Whilst I did find it overlong and rambling in places, I was impressed by the breadth and width of this man's experience as an artist and an art therapist. So when I came across TRUST THE PROCESS, I was keen to give it a go. And I'm very glad I did. In fact, I'm about to re-read it. McNiff doesn't use jargon so this is a great book whether or not you are "in the field" (I'm not). He doesn't lecture, get on his high horse, or give hopelessly fluffy-bunny advice(unlike some creativity books I could mention !) He acknowledges that the creative process can be frustrating, lonely, difficult. . .whilst also deeply believing in its joyous or simply fun aspects. I particularly enjoyed his references to his six-year-old daughter and the work she is engaged in, also how she feels about it.She sees things clearly without grown-up hang-ups and inhibitions. Lovely.
And he has these interesting little tasks for the reader to do as s/he sees fit . I'm particularly keen on his advice to break things up into small portions-do a whole series of quick little drawings, for example, rather than getting paralyzed at the thought of THE MAJOR WORK that one "must" produce. I am a poet not an artist, by the way, so I've been taking this advice to heart and writing quite a few little matchbox-sized poems! But I'm also going to try out the notepad of little drawings exercise-I haven't done any art since I was about 10 because I was given the distinct impression-as are so many people-that I had no "talent". But McNiff makes it sound like fun.
Thank you, Shaun McNiff-and daughter.


Spirituality and Art Therapy: Living the Connection
Spirituality and Art Therapy: Living the Connection
by Mimi Farrelly-Hansen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, practical and moving, 18 Aug. 2004
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To describe this book as a collection of essays would be technically correct but not very helpful. It would make it sound dry, but in fact all the essays are very interesting and written in an intelligent accessible style. They are not overwhelmed by jargon.I am not an art therapist but these essays give a real insight into that fascinating world where a therapist may work with a vast array of people-special needs children, emotionally disturbed adolescents, elderly people with dementia, the homeless, offenders, ex-offenders-and often witness profound and unexpected changes.I get the impression that art therapists are an extremely warm and creative group of people, very respectful of their clients and constantly on the lookout for ways to enable/facilitate creative work. Compliments to them.
The authors of these essays come from a variety of spiritual backgrounds-liberal Christian, Jewish, shamanic, Buddhist, and yogic.Part of what they do in the essays is explore how their own particular background informs the work they do, and how the work they do feeds back into the spiritual experience. Forget about fundamentalism, "having all the answers" and seeking to impose them on other people-this just doesn't happen here.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in creativity, spiriuality, or both. A more obviously philosophical look at some of the issues would be Matthew Fox's excellent ON CREATIVITY, which I also have.


Duncan Edwards: A Biography
Duncan Edwards: A Biography
by Iain McCartney
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sad story, 22 July 2004
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I was pleased to hear there was a biography of Duncan Edwards available.His promising career and his tragic death from injuries received in the Munich air crash have become the stuff of legend. The authors of this book clearly spoke to a lot of people who had known Edwards at various stages of his life. Unfortunately, the writing is rather bland and two-dimensional. Of course the focus would be on football, but the endless blow-by-blow accounts of various matches became a bit tedious. I'd have liked to read more about his relationship with his parents, for example, and with Molly Leech, his fiancee. Perhaps this information was hard to come by. What I did enjoy in the book is the array of photographs. They capture another age, when footballers were a part of the community.This book is worth getting if you're interested in Edwards and the Busby Babes, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the video narrated by Nick Owen-that is a very moving experience, with rare footage of Edwards in the happy times.May he rest in peace.


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