Thursday, May 29, 2008

Treating myself

Decided to treat myself to some more distraction by purchasing some books - costume and art based.. .A stunning array of images visually maps out the many transformations Kylie has undergone at the hands of stylists, artists and photographers. In addition to photographs there are beautiful illustrations and video "grabs", even a life-size Kylie photocopy. Kylie give us Kylie at her coyest, at her most naked, as a key ring, a phone card, a gay icon, a badge and a bumper sticker. There's even a colour chart that looks like it hails from the Dulux range until you realise that the colours and their names are allied to every part of the Kylie body.
Including successful British designers: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Hussein Chalayan; as well as big international names from Japan, Italy, France and the USA: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Tom Ford, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Donatella Versace, Sonia Rykiel and more. The interviews provide an insight into the designers' lives, comprehensive biographical detail and analysis of the way they think and work, as well as recording the cultural climate at the time. The book is illustrated with portraits and shoots by some of today's best fashion photographers - both more established and up-and-coming - among them Robert Wyatt, Juergen Teller, Donald Christie, Julie Sleaford, Mark Aleski, Justin Smith and Jane McLeish.

Hot on the heels of and in the same format as Francoise Tellier-Loumagnes "The Art of Knitting" comes this inventive and creative overview of the compositional principles of embroidery that, with the aid of more than 500 photographs, encourages readers to be inspired by nature. It is sure to appeal to all practising embroiderers, textile designers and students, and will be an invaluable sourcebook for anyone working with or interested in textile design. This large format, full-colour, inspirational book is about how artists use their collections to make artwork. The gallery-style format allows readers to see what artists collect, and the resulting spectacular artwork they make from it. The book features the collections and the artwork of 33 major mixed-media artists. The artwork will include journals, assemblages, altered books, as well as jewellery pieces and detailed descriptions of the materials and techniques used, plus tips and insights into using unusual materials and collections. Mixed-media artists are naturally collectors. They are fascinated by the stuff of life and they are always looking for the right elements to add to their collages and journals. This book offers a juicy combination, sort of a walk through an artist-filled flea market, and a gallery of the pieces created using these collections with tips and insights on collecting and creating, and how they go hand in hand.

And finally some even lighter entertainment a dvd of one of my most favourite films (esp for the 80's costumes!!)...

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