New ways of seeing and doing

This month’s recent design picks offer new insight into the old and innovative new approaches that are sure to help you look at things differently, and perhaps will even have you trying something you’d never of thought of.

A new way of seeing : the history of art in 57 works / Grovier, Kelly
“A New Way of Seeing casts fresh light on some of the most famous works in the history of art by daring to isolate in each a single, often overlooked detail that is key to the work’s greatness. Kelly Grovier, one of the most exicting new voices in cultural criticism, offers illuminating analysis of enduring masterpieces, frequently presenting them alongside comparative works. He encourages us to look deeply in order to perceive the richness and strangeness of the “eye-hook” that offers a clue to a work’s truest meaning.” — Back cover.” (Catalogue)

Make ink / Logan, Jason
“The Toronto Ink Company was founded in 2014 by designer and artist Jason Logan as a citizen science experiment to make eco-friendly, urban ink from street-harvested pigments. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist photography throughout,  Make Ink  combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with one of mankind’s oldest tools of communication.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Seasonal flower embroidery : a year of stitching wild blooms and botanicals / Aoki, Kazuko
“Small embroidered gifts for every season. Give the gift of embroidery! Inspired by flowers in every season, theses small projects make the perfect gift. From small purses and pins to stunning artwork, these embroidery projects are small but stunning and make a big impact with just thread, needle, and fabric”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Dungeness : coastal architecture / Bradbury, Dominic
“The Kent coastal strip of Dungeness is a unique environment. Harshly vulnerable to the elements yet protected from inland development.  Dungeness is a crucible for exciting architecture; the local vernacular includes fishermen’s cottages, lighthouses, and ex-industrial structures. The book includes sixteen stunning case studies of homes both converted from non-domestic buildings and exciting new builds”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Designing modern Japan / Teasley, Sarah
“From cars to cameras, design from Japan is ubiquitous. So are perceptions of Japanese design, from calming, carefully crafted minimalism to avant-garde fashion and street subcultures. But these portrayals overlook the creativity, generosity and sheer hard work that have gone into creating and maintaining design industries in Japan.  Deeply researched and superbly illustrated, Designing Modern Japan will appeal to the wide audience for Japanese design, history and culture.”– Supplied by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Understanding street photography : an introduction to shooting compelling images on the street / Peterson, Bryan
“Discover the secrets to mastering street photography — from city streets to country roads and the alleyways in between — from an acclaimed international photographer, teacher, and best-selling author”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

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