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Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

Erin Rhoads

$29.99
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'This is a much-needed guidebook from a true agent of change.' - Sarah Wilson

We need to talk about waste. Shrink-wrapped vegies, disposable coffee cups, clothes and electronics designed to be upgraded every year: we are surrounded by stuff that we often use once and then throw away. Each year Australian households produce enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom home, including thousands of dollars worth of food and an ever-increasing amount of plastic, which takes hundreds of years to break down and often ends up in our oceans or our food chain.
 
But what to do about such a huge problem? Is it just the price we pay for the conveniences of modern life? What if it were possible to have it both ways – to live a modern life with less waste?
 
That’s where Erin Rhoads, aka The Rogue Ginger, comes in. Erin went from eating plastic-packaged takeaway while shopping online for fast fashion, to becoming one of Australia’s most popular eco-bloggers. Erin knows that small changes can have a big impact. In Waste Notshe shares everything she’s learnt from her own funny, inspiring – and far-from-perfect – journey to living with less waste.
 
Learn how to:

    * switch out the disposable plastics from your shopping trolley
    * make simple cleaning solutions free from harmful chemicals
    * find your favourite beauty products without all the packaging
    * give a baby shower present that won’t end up in the charity shop bag
    * plan your own zero-waste wedding (and what ‘zero waste’ even means!)
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A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days

A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days

Anita Vandyke

$19.99
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Anita Vandyke wants to show you that by living zero waste, you actually gain more - more time, more money and more life.

A Zero Waste Life is the ultimate guide to radically reducing your waste, without losing your lifestyle. In her thirty-day challenge, Anita provides you with the rules, tips and tricks you need to eliminate plastic and live a cleaner, kinder life.

This practical book is a call to action with a fresh 'can do' approach. Over thirty days you will learn how to make sustainable, ethical choices when it comes to shopping, eating, travel, beauty and so much more. Small changes can make a big difference, and by following these easy, creative steps we can all do more to save our world.

These are the inside tips of a waste warrior and former engineer, whose life has changed from excess to eco-luxe. Isn't that what we all want - a life of happiness, a life of luxury, a life that isn't wasted?
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Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith

Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith

Rex Butler ,  Bernard Smith

$29.95
Bernard Smith (1916-2011) was unquestionably one of Australia's greatest humanist scholars and its finest art historian. His European Vision and the South Pacific, 1768-1850 (1960) was a foundational text of post-colonialism, and in Australian Painting (1962) he set out the definitive history of Australian art to that time. Antipodean Perspective: The Selected Writings of Bernard Smith presents twenty-six art historians, curators, artists and critics, from Australia and overseas, who have chosen a text from Smith's work and sought to explain its personal and broad significance. Their selections reveal Smith's extraordinary range as a scholar, his profound grasp of this nation's past, and the way his ideas have maintained their relevance as we face our future.
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After Modern Art: 1945-2017

After Modern Art: 1945-2017

David Hopkins

$34.95
Contemporary art can be baffling and beautiful, provocative and disturbing. This pioneering book presents a new look at the controversial period between 1945 and 2015, when art and its traditional forms were called into question. It focuses on the relationship between American and European art, and challenges previously held views about the origins of some of the most innovative ideas in art of this time.

Major artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Shiran Neshat are all discussed, as is the art world of the last fifty years. Important trends are also covered including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and Performance Art.

This revised and updated second edition includes a new chapter exploring art since 2000 and how globalization has caused shifts in the art world, an updated Bibliography, and 16 new, colour illustrations.
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Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors From Roots, Leaves & Flowers

Natural Dyeing with Plants: Glorious Colors From Roots, Leaves & Flowers

Franziska Ebner ,  Romana Hasenoehrl

$46.99
The fascinating luminosity of colours from plants can be easily transferred to wool, silk, or other materials at home. Necessary materials, pickling, the preparation of fibers or substances, and different dyeing methods are described in detail.

This richly illustrated book also shows how the dyed materials can be felted or turned into woolen pictures. The traditional colouring of Easter eggs with natural colours or the colouring of the sun is also explained. Last but not least, the authors deal with trend-setting ecoprinting.

Selling Points:

    * Offers a history of dyeing textiles with plants
    * Extensive list of plants and plant materials you can use for dyeing
    * Covers dyeing via ecoprinting and solar dyeing

338 colour images
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Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More: Knits and Crochets for Experienced Needle Crafters

Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More: Knits and Crochets for Experienced Needle Crafters

Tuttle ,  Gayle Roehm

$19.99
Create your own versatile wardrobe essentials with these chic new Japanese knitting patterns for apparel and accessories from cult favorite author michiyo. A whole new world of fashionable Tokyo-style knitwear designs opens to experienced needle crafters in Japanese Knitting: Patterns for Sweaters, Scarves and More. This is the first Japanese needlework book to be translated into English. The work of renowned Japanese knitting designer michiyo is often showcased on knitting and crochet websites across the globe. Her minimalist aesthetic and textural elements make her knitwear styles polished and flattering, whether worn layered or as stand-alone pieces. With this Japanese knitting pattern book, experienced knitters and needleworkers can create a diverse collection of effortless-looking pieces ranging from a pair of soft slippers to a structured jacket. An introduction by needlework instructor Gayle Roehm explains the Japanese techniques to readers who are trying them for the first time.

Inside, find 23 stylish patterns and instructions for:

    * A Nordic-style sweater
    * A classic raglan cardigan
    * A diagonal striped tunic
    * A "sleeve" scarf
   
And many more!
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William Morris and his Palace of Art: Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House

William Morris and his Palace of Art: Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House

Tessa Wild

$94.99
William Morris and his Palace of Art is a comprehensive new study of Red House, Bexleyheath; the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend, Philip Webb. Morris moved in to Red House as an ebullient young man of 26, with an independent income and a head brimming with ideas and the persistent question of 'how best to live? 

Red House, together with its Pre-Raphaelite garden, stands as the physical embodiment of his exuberant spirit, youthful ambition, passionate medievalism, creativity and great sense of possibility. For five intense years from 1860-5, it was a place of halcyon days - happy family life, loyal friendship, good humoured competition, and the jovial campaign of decorating; furnishing the house and designing the garden.

Drawing on a wealth of new physical evidence, this book argues that Red House constitutes an ambitious and critical chapter in his design history. It will re-consider the inspiration it provided for the founding of 'the Firm' of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.), in 1861, and the vital collaboration of Webb, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and their intimate circle in realising Morris's dream for his house.
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Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i

Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i

Theresa Papanikolas ,  Desoto Brown ,  Sam 'Ohu Gon III ,  Brian Boom

$62.99
This book explores Georgia O'Keeffe's love for Hawaii through more than 15 paintings inspired by the beautiful landscape.

In 1939, Georgia O'Keeffe, who at 51 was among the most famous artists in the United States, accepted a commission from the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to produce two paintings for advertising campaigns. Her nine-week trip to Hawaii resulted in more than 20 paintings, which reveal that O'Keeffe - most commonly associated with the stark deserts of New Mexico - was profoundly inspired by what she saw and experienced on the lush, tropical Hawaiian Islands.

The exhibition Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i, and this accompanying volume, explores this little-known chapter in the artist's career. Glowing with color and feeling, these paintings demonstrate O'Keeffe's unique ability to make any place she happened to be in her own, and this groundbreaking volume offers a unique perspective by foregrounding the ecological complexity of the Hawaiian Islands - one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth - that is hidden behind O'Keeffe's depictions.

Selling Points:

    * Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe is one of America's most popular painters. She was a pioneer of American modernism. She is known for her smooth, flowing, and precise painterly style, and her depictions of flowers, bones, cityscapes, and landscape - primarily of the American Southwest, where she lived and worked for much of her life.
    * Topic: The book explore the artist's immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939 and her paintings created during a three-month sojourn commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole).
    * Illustrations: Includes 100 colour illustrations, among which are archival material (Dole advertisements) and more than 15 O'Keeffe Paintings not seen together in New York since their 1940 debut.
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Constable's Skies: Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Constable's Skies: Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Mark Evans

$29.99
A beautiful, gift-sized volume celebrating Constable’s enduring fascination and engagement with the sky

John Constable was one of the supreme painters of the weather, and his depictions of the sky are essential components of all his landscape paintings, from famous works such as The Hay Wain and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows to his numerous cloud studies painted on Hampstead Heath, culminating in paintings that are all sky; the landscape beneath is completely absent.

In a letter to friend John Fisher, written in 1821, Constable commented, “That landscape painter who does not make his skies a very material part of his composition, neglects to avail himself of one of his greatest aids... It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment.”

Written by Mark Evans, a leading authority on the work of John Constable, and brimming with beautiful images, Constable’s Skies captures the artist’s fascination with the sky and brings together his depictions of the English weather from throughout his career. The unprecedented fidelity of Constable’s painted skies is proven by reference to contemporary weather diaries. The book also includes a guide to where to find Constable’s work around the world.

120+ illustrations
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The Art of Aubrey Beardsley

The Art of Aubrey Beardsley

Arthur Symons

$39.99
English illustrator and author Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98) was a leading figure of the Aesthetic Movement and the most controversial artist of the 1890s. His delicate yet bold drawings in black ink of grotesque, sensual and erotic subjects transformed the art of illustration but also scandalized Victorian society with their dark and often perverse imagery. Prolific until his young death at the age of twenty-five from tuberculosis, he produced an enormous body of work that symbolized the decadence of the period and had a substantial and lasting effect on the Art Nouveau and poster movements.

Published twenty years after he died, The Art of Aubrey Beardsley presented some sixty of his most significant works in an intimate pocket volume. With a personal memoir and critical appreciation by Beardsley's collaborator the poet and magazine editor Arthur Symons written upon the artist's death, the book soon became the definitive word on the provocative artist's seductive and individual art. This centenary facsimile edition faithfully reproduces the pages of the original 1918 volume while presenting them in a beautifully designed, high-quality clothbound format that will appeal to a contemporary audience. A perfect gift for any Beardsley enthusiast, this book will also appeal to anyone interested in the fin-de-siecle era and the beginnings of modern graphic art.
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The Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Heaven on Earth

The Sagrada Familia: Gaudi's Heaven on Earth

Gijs van Hensbergen

$21.99
Exquisite... A wonderment of an essay about a wonderment of a building' Paul Preston

Its scaffolding-cloaked spires reach up to the heavens, dominating the Barcelona skyline and drawing in millions of visitors every year. What seduces our attention is perhaps a combination: not only its almost megalomaniac ambition and architectural extravagance but the sheer longevity of its construction.

Its creator, Antoni Gaudí, 'God's Architect', saw the first stone laid on 19 March 1882 and yet it is unlikely to be completed until 2026 at the very earliest. It has survived two World Wars, the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and the 'Hunger Years' of Franco's rule. It has defied the critics, the penny-pinching accountants, the conservative town-planners and the slaves to sterile modernism to witness the most momentous changes in society and history.

The Sagrada Familia explores the evolution of this remarkable building, working through the decades right up to the present day before looking beyond to the final stretch of its construction. It is at once a guidebook and a chronological history, and a moving and compelling study of man's aspiration towards the divine.

Rich in detail, vast in scope, this is a revelatory and authoritative study of a building and its place in history and the genius that created it.
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Fashioned From Nature

Fashioned From Nature

Edwina Ehrman ,  Emma Watson

$49.99
Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature - from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Stella McCartney and Christopher Raeburn, it is a centuries-old seam running through the clothes we all wear.

In spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion seems destined to harm it. With essays spanning the 17th century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world. The impact of certain trends has been felt for centuries, with sometimes devastating effect as seen in the demand for ivory and exotic feathers. Past generations were not immune to fads – the sudden ubiquity of reptile skin accessories in the 1920s had obvious knock-on effects. That said, the current era of intense consumerism and fast fashion has taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need to develop a more responsible fashion cycle in which both producers and consumers have a stake.

Which has greater environmental impact in the world today – a leather handbag, or a white cotton t-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption – not to mention washing after every wear at 140F – and the answer may not be as clear cut as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.
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Christian Dior: History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957

Christian Dior: History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957

Alexandra Palmer

$75.00
Arguably the most famous fashion designer of the twentieth century, Christian Dior created feminine fashions that were desired, worn, and emulated by women around the world. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations, which revived the entire Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of World War II.

This volume features the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Christian Dior couture, accompanied by sketches and material from Christian Dior Heritage along with photographs of the collection taken by world-renowned Dior photographer Laziz Hamani. In addition to showcasing Dior’s most striking designs, from daytime to evening wear, the book examines how the lighthearted and contoured “New Look” swept away the gloom and gravity of the wartime silhouette, and explains the innovative dressmaking techniques behind key Dior signatures. Christian Dior is an essential read for anyone interested in fashion, art, culture, and history.
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Pompeii Archive

Pompeii Archive

William Wylie ,  Sarah Betzer ,  Jock Reynolds

$64.99
Handsomely illustrated and grand in scale, this book features images by American photographer William Wylie (b. 1957) taken over the course of five years. The photographs reanimate the ancient city of Pompeii, showing the ongoing cycles of deterioration and preservation that mark it as a living landscape. Wylie captures Pompeii's former grandeur, including its terracotta reliefs and wall paintings, while also drawing attention to the signs of an active excavation site, from plaster casts in glass cases to ceramic fragments in storage facilities. His elegant compositions and command of light and shadow highlight how natural phenomena, pollution, and human intervention are continually reshaping the city. People, however, are notably absent in the photographs. Wylie beautifully documents Pompeii's present by engaging with the tenuous relationship that the archaeological site maintains with the past.
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