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Snail Mail: Celebrating the Art of Handwritten Correspondence

Snail Mail: Celebrating the Art of Handwritten Correspondence

Michelle Mackintosh

$29.95

Michelle Mackintosh introduces readers to the lost charm of the handwritten letter, personalised packages and hand-crafted stationery in Snail Mail. Beautifully illustrated and complete with cut-out postcard designs, papercraft and rubber stamp templates, Snail Mail explores the art of handwritten correspondence, explaining how to romance someone the old-school way through love-letters, teaching you the etiquette of thank you cards, and encouraging you to take time to reflect on your life through writing. 

Michelle shows you how to put this long-lost art into action - learn how to improve and celebrate your own handwriting; how to choose paper or even make your own; how to make personalised stickers and stamps; how to prepare a care package for friends and loved ones who need some TLC; and how to make beautiful DIY invitations. 

In a world of internet trolls, 140-character limits, Snapchats and textspeak, are we losing the ability to really communicate with our loved ones? Snail Mail brings back handwritten communication  -  and more  -  in one beautifully illustrated and perfectly proper package. It's time to take back the written word!
Impressive: How to Have a Stylish Career

Impressive: How to Have a Stylish Career

Kirstie Clements

$45.00

How do you get your dream job? How do you shine once you have landed it? How do you ask for a pay rise? And, equally importantly, what do you wear to achieve all three? Kirstie Clements, former editor-in-chief of Vogue, bestselling author, judge on AustraliaAEs Next Top Model and style guru, plus a dazzling array of industry insiders give their expert opinions on how to get the job you want, get noticed and get ahead. Full colour with illustrations throughout.
In the Front Row: How Australian Fashion Made the World Stage

In the Front Row: How Australian Fashion Made the World Stage

Simon P. Lock

$34.99

It was Simon P Lock's determination that put Sydney on the international fashion week circuit alongside New York, London, Milan and Paris.

In the Front Row charts the rises of Australian Fashion Week from one man's ambition to make the world take note of the frocks, fashions and models from down under to the glittering international event it is today. It takes you backstage for the 20 years Fashion Week has wowed the world with its daring designers, supermodels and celebrities. It tells the story of how Australia's biggest fashion stars, Akira Isogawa, Collette Dinnigan, Peter Morrissey, Wayne Cooper, Sass & Bide, Zimmermann, Dion Lee and Kim Ellery got their start. It tells the part Miranda Kerr, Elle McPherson, Linda Evangelista, Dita Von Tesse and Cate Blanchett played in this often drama-filled adventure. It documents an industry coming of age and follows the feuds, frustrations and triumphs of producing one of Australia's biggest international events.

Always outspoken, Simon P Lock gives insight into the multi-billion dollar global ready-to-wear fashion business and proposes a number of controversial strategies for the development of the Australian industry. In the Front Row is revealing, full of fabulous characters and prophecy about the Australian industry.
Improbable Libraries

Improbable Libraries

Alex Johnson

$35.00

From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement (motto: Take a book, return a book) to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, Alex Johnson whose parents were both librarians maps out the history and future of the 21st-century library revolution in seven thematic chapters, each consisting of a brief essay followed by illustrated project profiles. Whether by bike in Chicago or by donkey in Colombia, librarians all over the world are coming up with astonishingly ingenious ways of ensuring their books reach the people who need them. Many of these new libraries function as community centres, and assist their members in overcoming economic, social and political barriers. Others provide an unexpected dose of culture for travellers and commuters or even prisoners. Elsewhere, architects are designing monumental public libraries without walls, and prefabricated home libraries that can be assembled in an ordinary back garden. Whether youre at an airport, a park, a cafe or in the wilds, you can still find just the right book all for free.
John Wolseley: Land Marks III

John Wolseley: Land Marks III

Sasha Grishin

$80.00

For more than half a century John Wolseley has been widely acclaimed for the way his art practice engages with the environment and broader ecology. Working across several art mediums, but mostly known for his experimental techniques in printmaking and watercolour, Wolseley's work crosses over a number of disciplines including the natural sciences and philosophy. Although he draws on empirical investigation frequently immersing himself in the Australian environment, his deeply moving and profoundly beautiful works are full of great passion and consummate skill. Land Marks III is a collaboration between artist and art historian, John Wolseley and Sasha Grishin, which has developed over more than twenty years. It builds on two earlier editions to advance a timely and well-informed assessment of an artist who has been increasingly seen amongst artists as the environmental conscience of our time.
Art of the 20th Century

Art of the 20th Century

Dorothea Eimert

$45.00

The 20th century was a revolutionary period in art history. In the span of a few short years, Modernism exploded into being, disrupting centuries of classical figurative tradition to create something entirely new. This astoundingly thorough survey of art's modern era showcases all of the key artistic movements of the 20th century, from Fauvism to Pop Art, featuring illustrative examples of some of the most renowned works of the era along with illuminating companion essays by expert critics and art historians. A vivid window into the collective psyche of the modern world's great artists, Art of the 20th Century is a must-have for any fan of contemporary art.
Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

Jay A. Clarke ,  Jonathan Black ,  Megan Kosinski

$27.95

This group of 40 prints from the exceptional Daniel Cowin Collection captures the tumultuous aesthetic and political climate of the years surrounding World Wars I and II. An essay by Jonathan Black addresses the impact of World War I on two notable British printmakers, Edward Wadsworth and C. R. W. Nevinson. A text by Jay A. Clarke delves into the linocut movement of the 1920s and '30s, investigating how the role of style and politics impacted this movement as well as the previously unexplored position of women printmakers and the interplay between gender, craft, and decoration. Influences of Futurism, Cubism, and the short-lived but vibrant abstraction of the Vorticist movement saturate the powerful color images, which are accompanied by artist biographies. This publication illuminates the struggle of these radical printmakers as they navigated a conservative market and the harsh economic and political realities of their time.
Pre-Raphaelites

Pre-Raphaelites

Robert de la Sizeranne

$19.99

In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, close to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive the pure and noble forms of the Italian Renaissance, the major painters of the circle such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones, in opposition to the academicism of the time, favored realism and biblical themes over the affected canons of the 19th century. This work, with its captivating text and rich illustrations, describes with enthusiasm this singular movement which notably inspired the followers of Art Nouveau and Symbolism.
Emile Galle

Emile Galle

Emile Galle

$24.99

An icon in the Art Nouveau movement, Emile Galle (1846-1904) sought to portray the beauty and simplicity of nature in his glass art. His designs, referred to as poetry in glass, range from fine pottery to jewellery to furniture. Everything Galle produced contains traces of his masterful technique which refl ects his innovativeness as an artist and his skill as a designer. In this rich text, Galle unravels the beauty and ingenuity found within his own work.
Hokusai

Hokusai

Edmond de Goncourt

$19.99

Through his elegant brush paintings and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) became one of Japan s most internationally-renowned artists. A master of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly transformed the art form from a simple style focused on courtesans and famous actors into a grander style depicting the beauty of nature seen through landscapes and wildlife. His style of art and his subjects evolved as many times as he changed his name, but Hokusai s talent as an artist remained constant and his influential role in later art movements such as Art Nouveau and Impressionism remains eternal.
J.M.W Turner: Masterpieces of Art

J.M.W Turner: Masterpieces of Art

Rosalind Ormiston ,  James Peacock

$34.99

The English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775-19 December 1851) was a brilliant landscape artist, a watercolourist and printmaker. His style, powerful and fierce, melding the elements with humankind are thought by many to have prepared the way for Impressionism. In his time he was controversial, but his focus on land and seascapes widened the palette of artists and their audience, and his impressionistic brushwork prepared the way for the fragmentation of the modern era. This wonderful new book brings to life his greatest achievements, with such paintings as The Fighting 'Temeraire', Inside Tintern Abbey and Rain, Steam and Speed (The Great Western Railway).
Paul Klee: Masterpieces of Art

Paul Klee: Masterpieces of Art

Susie Hodge ,  James Peacock

$34.99

Klee's art appeals to our primary instincts and makes us look beyond the ordinary. A natural draughtsman, master of colour and hugely influential artist, Klee eludes classification, having been variously linked with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Abstraction. Part of a new series of beautiful gift art books, Paul Klee Masterpieces of Art brims with the subtle warmth and humour of a unique artist. With a fresh and thoughtful introduction to Klee's life and art, the book goes on to showcase his key works in all their glory.
ClothBound: Iconic Fabric Designs

ClothBound: Iconic Fabric Designs

Julie Paterson

$59.99

For over 20 years, Julie Paterson, founder of ClothFabric, has been designing and printing contemporary textiles by hand. Her iconic patterns, inspired by and connected to the Australian landscape, have been applied to furnishings, rugs and wallpapers and sold the world over. ClothBound is the story of Julie's most significant and well loved designs, and offers a very intimate insight into the creative process of a much loved artist, designer and maker at work in her shed.
Design with Colour and Style

Design with Colour and Style

Shaynna Blaze

$39.99

Interior design expert Shaynna Blaze is passionate about helping people uncover their own personal interior style. In this book, she explores the intriguing, enticing elements of colour and style and explains how you can use them to transform your home. Using beautiful photographs and practical examples, Shaynna shows how colour affects a space and the mood of those living in it. She reveals how contemporary and historic design styles have developed, and ways they can be interpreted to suit your taste, with hands-on tips for putting your ideas into practice. With her warm, down-to-earth approach, Shaynna offers guidance and inspiration to help you discover your own individual style and colour palette, so you can design your dream interior. Shaynna is also the author of Design Your Home, published in 2013.
The Battle of Versailles

The Battle of Versailles

Robin Givhan

$34.99

Conceived as a fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV's palace, the world's elite gathered in Versailles' grand theatre to view a fashion extravaganza of the best that French and American designers had to offer, while being entertained by Liza Minnelli and Josephine Baker. What they saw would forever alter the history of fashion.

At the Battle of Versailles five Americans-Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows - faced off against the five French designers considered the best in the world-Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Against all odds, the American energy and the domination by their fearless models (ten of whom, in a ground-breaking move, were African-American) sent the audience reeling. By the end of the evening, the Americans had transformed their place on the world stage and sowed the seeds for changing the way race, gender, sexuality, and economics would be treated in fashion for decades to come. 

The in-fighting between ego-inflated designers, the unforeseen obstacles in staging the show on a shoestring, the triumphant win, the vastly different fates of the designers post-show-Robin Givhan's meticulous research brings the event alive and places it firmly in the history of fashion, offering an intimate examination of a single moment that teaches us how the culture of fashion as we now know it came to be.
           
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