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Not so much a textile book, but interesting never the less
on 29 April 2017
This book is very interesting, but it is not for everybody. There is a strong element of 'craft' rather than 'textile' which interested me, because there are many ideas as to how you could use items, I will use this in workshops as they are simple to execute in terms of concept and don't require a great deal of length preparation of materials - e.g. badges brooches and bags. The would also make gifts. There is also a section using chocolate wrappers or newspapers. The results have style, but not to everybody's taste. There is good reference to the use of scanners and cameras. Having looked at various books on the use of digital images in different ways, they are not all the same, and it's the question of finding the one that excites you. This does not 'inspire', it gives you 'food for thought'. Although beautifully produce with good photography and colour with clear instructions, it is not as 'thick' as some. There are lots of samples from different artists.I would advise potential buyers to think about a 'new' copy, as then it becomes a more reasonable addition to your library. Two pieces of information I was pleased to see - using die-cutters to cut out shapes-even large rectangles so they look uniform. However the one I purchased to make keyrings is not sharp enough for such a task, despite costing a great deal. I think it is a case of buying these from her recommended source. There is a very timely article on copy-rite, and respecting the integrity of the original artist, only taking photos if permission has been given. Not seen this written elsewhere. The list of sources is select , but also very useful. I am looking forward to combining ideas from this book, with those gathered from other sources.
This book is likely to be of interest to art students who want to experiment with shape and form, as well as textile students developing their ideas. (Students may appreciate the cheapness of resources to be creative -and lecturers to provide a selection of die-cutters. Overall I do feel this book is one I shall use in conjunction with others I have purchased.