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Journeys Into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis

Journeys Into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis

Bob Brown ,  Peter Dombrovskis

$39.99
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Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide.

A silhouette of a damaged twisted Pencil Pine, wearing a fine dusting of fresh snow and precariously positioned above the Pool of Siloam in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, is like a portrait of a lively old friend. A fresh ice sheet, uniquely patterned, is coloured by the alpenglow, as the day's first sunlight reflects on a Cradle Mountain tarn. A flowering white Olearia pinifolia at the base of a massive boulder on Mount Wellington is a study in permanency and transience. Here, too, are photographs of the Snowy Mountains and the tropical rainforests of Queensland's Daintree and Hinchinbrook Island, Fiji and Borneo.

Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. As a founder of the Wilderness Society, Bob organised the blockade of dam works on the Franklin, recruiting Peter and his iconic photography to make the case for conservation over profit. During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter's death in 1996.
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The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

Anne Watson

$59.95
Since the announcement of Jorn Utzon's winning Sydney Opera House competition entry in early 1957 the project has excited controversy. Testing the very boundaries of technology, the gestation of this sublime building was long and fraught with problems, none more so than the departure of its architect in early 1966, never to return. With the building only a series of empty shells there was much for Utzon's successor, the 34-year old Sydney architect Peter Hall, to resolve.

For both architects the Opera House would be a 'poisoned chalice' – a compelling and unprecedented challenge, but one that presented almost insurmountable obstacles. But while Utzon's reputation has been restored, Hall's completion of the building has, ultimately, brought little recognition and enduring condemnation. It is the powerful myth of Utzon, the misunderstood architectural genius undone by the forces of conservatism, and of a building flawed by subsequent compromise, which has firmly taken root as the subtext in the popular imagination and in most narratives.

The Poisoned Chalice examines in detail for the first time the extraordinary tangle of complex issues that confronted Hall and his team at the inception of the 'post-Utzon' phase, or Stage 3, of the project and the changes that were initiated to break the gridlock that stymied progress in early 1966. It draws on extensive, previously overlooked, primary sources – including Hall's own papers – and the recollections and archives of key participants to track the design evolution of the building's unresolved areas, focusing on the two main auditoria, the seating and the northern glass walls.

It proposes that the changes introduced in the late 1960s were both justifiable and inevitable and that they have contributed substantially to the unprecedented success of the Opera House as an acclaimed performing arts centre. Ultimately, the book argues for a new narrative - a more inclusive, unbiased and balanced understanding of this magnificent building, unencumbered by the divisive undercurrents that have hitherto skewed most histories.
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The Other Moderns: Sydney's Forgotten European Design Legacy

The Other Moderns: Sydney's Forgotten European Design Legacy

Rebecca Hawcroft

$49.99
While Harry Seidler is one of Australia's most famous architects, little is known of his European-born contemporaries. The Other Moderns uncovers the work of Sydney's forgotten emigre architects, interior designers, and furniture makers working from the 1930s to 1960s, and reveals their groundbreaking impact on modernist design. Highlighting the direct connections between Sydney and the European design centres of Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest, the book provides a new understanding of modernism. Profiling the work of architects like Henry Epstein and Hugo Stossel, along with Gerstl Furniture, The Other Moderns tells the story of the network of architects, designers, property developers, retailers, and photographers working together to bring a distinctly European style to mid-century Australia. Richly illustrated with rare photography, including stunning images from Austrian-born photographer Margaret Michaelis, and furniture from the collection of Hotel Hotel Canberra, the book explores the work of this unacknowledged group of style makers for the first time.
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Fugitive History: The Art of Julie Gough

Fugitive History: The Art of Julie Gough

Julie Gough

$60.00
In a rush of remembrance that seemed longer than my own life, I recognised that was who we are, that there was a term for it, for our family - Aboriginal. At that point I began the long process of trying to understand what had happened that we had almost forgotten ourselves. Fugitive History: The Art of Julie Gough celebrates Gough's art practice, which, for over twenty years, has been central to her search for, and creation of, an identity. As an Aboriginal woman whose family from Tasmania had moved to Victoria and left behind connections to place and history, this search became much about negotiating absence, distance, and lack, as discovery.
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Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture

Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture

Kiyoshi Toko

$49.99
Chasing the Sky is a book that showcases twenty of Australia's leading women inarchitecture.Chasing the Sky is the second book in the '20 Stories' series, with each edition featuringdifferent aspects of the architecture industry. In Chasing the Sky the concentrated voice ofsome of Australia's most dynamic practitioners, and their substantial projects, compel us tostrive for just such possibility for equitable and vital architectural careers in our immediatereach. Distilled in this volume is a palpable sense of women at work in architecture, of the joys andchallenges for a creative profession and the culture of making. Common themes and questions run across the volume to reveal commonalities and differences. We hear varied views on education, craft and technology; on collaboration and inventive processes; on formative influences and entrepreneurship, and; on the relationship between architecture and society. As acclaimed individuals and as a diverse collective, they offer an incisive glimpse into the richness of contemporary Australian architecture, of the spirit that galvanises the profession and cultivates its future buoyancy.
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Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to 'In Search of Lost Time'

Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to 'In Search of Lost Time'

Eric Karpeles

$39.99
A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust is one of the most profoundly visual works in Western literature. Not only are there frequent references to specific works of art, but certain characters are also evoked by comparison to particular paintings. Bloch's appearance as a boy is likened to the portrait of Mehmet II by Gentile Bellini; Odette de Crecy strikes Swann by her resemblance to a figure in a Botticelli fresco. Even the lesser figure of a certain Mme. Blattin becomes the subject of Proustian mischief by being described as exactly the portrait of Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo. Eric Karpeles has identified and located the many paintings to which Proust makes reference and sets them alongside the relevant text from the novel; in other cases, where only a painter's name is mentioned to indicate a certain style or appearance, Karpeles has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke.With some 200 paintings beautifully reproduced in full color and texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation, as well as concise commentaries on the evolving narrative, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians everywhere. The book also includes an authoritative introduction and a comprehensive index of artists and paintings mentioned in the novel.
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Beg, Steal and Borrow: How Copying Becomes Originality

Beg, Steal and Borrow: How Copying Becomes Originality

Robert Shore

$24.99
'Art is theft,' Picasso once proclaimed. The wily old Spaniard was being provocative - he often equated theft to what could more benignly be called influence. But increasingly much of the best and, even, most original art involves an act or two of unequivocal, overt theft - an act of simple copy and paste. This book looks at modern-day art theft from all angles: art-historical (tracing the lineage from Duchamp to Richard Prince), legal (looking at recent key copyright cases), cultural (drawing links to literary mash-ups and musical sampling), educational (Kenneth Goldsmith's famous 'Uncreativity' classes) and, of course, in terms of current art practice. It will look at the practices of major artists working across a variety of media.
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The Pre-Raphaelites

The Pre-Raphaelites

Michael Robinson ,  Yvonna Januszewska

$34.99
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848 by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. Their art's romanticism, attention to detail and jewel-like colours have ensured their eternal popularity. This beautifully illustrated reference book, now back in print, is packed with examples of work by the key proponent Millais, and his many contemporaries. Beginning with an overview of the movement it goes on to discuss the art in the context of society, place, influences, and styles and techniques. It is an ideal gift for art lovers or those new.
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Art of Renaissance Rome: Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City

Art of Renaissance Rome: Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City

John Marciari

$39.99
John Marciari tells the story of the monuments, artists and patrons of Renaissance Rome in this compelling book. In no other city is the ancient world so palpably present, and nowhere else is the mission of the church so evident. At the same time as the humanists sought to preserve and recreate the ancient city, giving it a new lease of life, the popes dispensed patronage much as any other contemporary Italian ruler. By adopting a chronological structure, covering the period c.1300-1600, Marciari is able to explore the nature of Roman patronage as it differed from papacy to papacy. He examines the city's extraordinary works of art in the context of the working practices, competition and rivalries that made Renaissance Rome so magnificent.
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Millie Marotta's Beautiful Birds and Treetop Treasures: a colouring book adventure

Millie Marotta's Beautiful Birds and Treetop Treasures: a colouring book adventure

Millie Marotta

$22.99
The new book by the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom. Enter Millie's wonderful world of treetop treasures and discover the birds nesting and flying high up in the treetops, and the myriad creatures found among the branches. The enchanting illustrations to colour in range from birds such Major Mitchell's cockatoo and rose robins, to the magnolia warbler, silver-eared mesia and whiskered treeswift. As well as the beautiful birds of the world, Millie's intricate designs show the more unusual creatures residing in the treetops, such as the Amazonian milk frog, the sugar glider or the tree-kangaroo. Millie's inimitable style is treasured by thousands around the world and in this new, exciting book there are all sorts of creatures and fauna waiting to be coloured in, from tiny insects to winged beasts and scaled reptiles to buds and blossoms. The world's rainforests, woodlands and thickets are teeming with life and this book guarantees hours of relaxation and colouring fun.
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Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing

Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing

Selwyn Leamy

$27.99
This book demystifies the art and practice of drawing. Through fifty drawings by great masters past and present, the techniques and ideas behind their master sketches will put you on the path to making your own great drawings. The entries also feature exercises with step-by-step instructions as well as simple diagrams providing further visual explanation to the jargon-free discussion. For aspiring artists of all ages and abilities, Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing will motivate and strengthen your drawing talent.
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Stylish Remakes: Upcycle Your Old T's, Sweats and Flannels into Trendy Street Fashion Pieces

Stylish Remakes: Upcycle Your Old T's, Sweats and Flannels into Trendy Street Fashion Pieces

Violette Room

$18.95  $16.70
Apply the latest upcycle fashion ingenuity to upcycle your tired old clothes and thrift store finds into trendy new threads!

Stylish Remakes shows you how to give new attitude to the stuff you have had in your closet for years. And it's so easy! With just a little time cutting and sewing, you can create fun and funky new pieces from old flannel shirts, tees, sweats, bandanas and more. It's inexpensive (often practically free!) and fun to do. And it's completely up to you to create your own personal fashion style!

Salvage old duds and morph them into something completely new with this easy-to-follow upcycle sewing book:

    * Add a fun and fancy bow or collar to your favorite tee or sweatshirt
    * Make a dress or bag from a handful of old bandana scarves
    * Combine a skirt and top to create a unique new dress or tunic
    * Craft a fashionable new skirt or dress from a pair of old flannel shirts
    * Tie ruffles and bows to feminize a man's shirt
    * Embellish your favorite tees, sweats, and other odd bits-and-pieces to create one-of-a kind creations


You can do all this with no previous sewing experience and a minimum of time and fuss. Anyone can do it, and anyone can wear it. Just open this book and grab some old classic duds from your drawers. Then create your own personal fashion style!
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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Michael Robinson ,  Elizabeth Keevill

$34.99
Bringing the life and work of a truly unique artist to life, Van Gogh is a comprehensive guide to one of the most unconventional and highly original artists of the nineteenth century. Perhaps the most famous artist in the world, Vincent Van Gogh is perceived by many as the `mad' artist, the man who painted in a frenzy or simply the tormented soul who cut off his ear. His artistic genius is often overshadowed by those who see his paintings as mere visual manifestations of his troubled mind. Whilst in part this may be true, in reality his innovative and unique artistic style was of enormous importance to a host of artists who followed in his wake. Even when openly influenced by his predecessors or contemporaries his art remained identifiably his own, developing a distinctive style that failed to be accepted by the art-buying public in his own lifetime. From his earliest watercolours depicting the plight of rural Dutch peasants, through his attempts to be accepted by the Parisian avant-garde, right up to his final paintings of the Auvers countryside, every aspect of his life is celebrated in this beautiful reference book.
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Frida Kahlo Masterpieces of Art

Frida Kahlo Masterpieces of Art

Flame Tree Studio ,  Julian Beecroft

$29.99
The painful, exquisite art of Mexico's favourite artist was a product of immense physical pain, and an emotional tumultuous life. The new book features the range and power of her heavily autobiographical work, from the early, disturbing explorations of personal suffering to the more dulled, painkiller-drenched paintings of her later life.
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Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels

Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels

Christopher Lloyd

$35.00
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was one of the outstanding draughtsmen of the 19th century and drawing was not only a central tenet of his art but also essential to his existence. Through an examination of the artists drawings and pastels, Christopher Lloyd reveals the development of Degas' style as well the story of his life, including his complicated relationship with the Impressionists. Following a broadly chronological approach, the author discusses the various subject areas, not only the images of dancers (which form over half of Degas' total oeuvre) but also of nudes and milliners, and the less well-known racehorse and landscape drawings. He covers his whole career, from when Degas was copying the Old Masters to learn his craft to when he ceased work in 1912 because of failing eyesight, setting him within the artistic context of the period. Lloyd's extensive research, which includes consulting the artists detailed notebooks, has resulted in a comprehensive exposition with, at its heart, some 250 pencil, black-chalk, pen-and-ink, and charcoal drawings and pastels of timeless appeal.
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Traces of Vermeer

Traces of Vermeer

Jane Jelley

$50.95
Johannes Vermeer's luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world, yet we do not understand how they were made. We see sunlit spaces; the glimmer of satin, silver, and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time; and we feel it to be real.

We might hope for some answers from the experts, but they are confounded too. Even with the modern technology available, they do not know why there is no evidence of any preliminary drawing; why there are shifts in focus; and why his pictures are unusually blurred. Some wonder if he might possibly have used a camera obscura to capture what he saw before him. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries; and no reports of him at work.

Jane Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She shows us how painters made their pictures layer by layer; she investigates old secrets; and hears travellers' tales. She explores how Vermeer could have used a lens in the creation of his masterpieces.

The clues were there all along. After all this time, now we can unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.
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1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements

1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements

Alex Sanchez Vidiella ,  Julio Fajardo ,  Sergi Costa Duran

$29.95
A study of detail in contemporary world architecture in photographs and drawings.

1000 Architectural Details is a reference catalog to buildings' structural features. In photography and drawings (floors, elevations, cross-sections, axonometrics and sketches), the authors discuss how function meets form to create outstanding architecture and design. The material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to approach the design or construction of different parts of a project.

Divided into 15 thematic chapters, the details are numbered from one to a thousand, and each is illustrated with a close-up photograph or drawing and explained in a concise caption. The authors begin with primary structural elements, such as columns and beams, and a section on materials and their properties covers the finishings commonly used, such as concrete and steel.

The authors also discuss essential installed elements, such as facades, roofs and insulation, as well as the many interior and exterior features that, while functional, allow the most latitude in decoration. These can include floors, lighting, color, storage, doors and landscaping. "Green building" is covered in chapters on sustainable materials, recycling and prefabricated materials.

This is a fascinating volume packed with comprehensive illustrations and the most current expert information. Professionals, do-it-yourselfers and anyone with an interest in design will find it eminently practical.
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Modern Retro Home: Tips & inspiration for creating great mid-century styles

Modern Retro Home: Tips & inspiration for creating great mid-century styles

Jason Grant

$49.99
Modern Retro Home is the third book from celebrity stylist and designer Mr Jason Grant. This book is your key to unlocking the secrets behind a thoroughly contemporary home that takes inspiration from the past, particularly from the '60s and '70s. Organised into chapters according to each room of your house, Mr Jason Grant takes you inside many homes that exemplify this aesthetic and highlights why each room styling works. But don't expect to find tired-looking rooms here, Jason's fresh and accessible style shines through in the bright, colourful pages. No matter the size of your budget or living space, or whether your belongings are sourced from eBay or high-end vintage stores, the tips in this book can be applied to create your own modern retro home.
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Scandinavian Style at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide

Scandinavian Style at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide

Allan Torp ,  Allan Torp

$29.99
Interior designers have increasingly taken inspiration from the design philosophy of Scandinavia, which promotes the creation and use of everyday objects that are beautiful but practical, affordable and accessible. This handbook shows how to create a tailor-made home inspired by Scandinavian design. Working through the home one room at a time, the book highlights classic items of furniture and signature accessories. In-depth case studies demonstrate the essential elements and provide inspiration. Colour combinations are explored to help personalise these iconic styles for the home. Anyone who has found themselves seduced by the Scandinavian style and is eager to bring it to their own home will find this book a valuable resource.
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Mid-Century Modern at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide

Mid-Century Modern at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide

D. C. Hillier

$29.99
The mid-twentieth century was a dynamic period in international design, including interior design, and has retained its influence on popular culture today. This handbook shows readers how to create a tailor-made home inspired by the iconic designs of this period. Working through the home one room at a time, the book highlights classic items of furniture and signature accessories. In-depth case studies demonstrate the essential elements and provide inspiration. Colour combinations are explored to help personalise these inventive styles for the home. Anyone eager to bring mid-century chic to their own home will find this book a valuable resource.
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The Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques

The Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques

Steven Faerm

$35.00
A widely-recognized fashion design teacher presents a series of step-by-step tutorials and exercises, and offers students extensive advice on how to prepare for a successful career in the glamorous fashion design industry. The book opens with an overview of the principles of fashion design, a survey of the industry’s history and its key designers, and a description of today’s markets and customers.

The tutorials that follow instruct in designing sportswear, tailored garments for wear to business careers, denim/activewear, cocktail and evening wear, children’s clothing, men’s garments, and accessories. The author also advises on creating and presenting a fashion portfolio, and on “selling” oneself in a job interview. His several discussions with some of the industry’s leading professionals give students valuable insights on how to create and develop one’s own original collection.

Fashion Design Course is a fine introduction for students, dressmakers, and all others aspiring to careers in this dynamic and rewarding industry. More than 450 how-to color illustrations.
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Eyes Over Africa: Special Selection

Eyes Over Africa: Special Selection

Michael Poliza

$99.00
In 2006, to fulfill a long-held dream, widely acclaimed photographer Michael Poliza and friend Stefan Breuer undertook a helicopter journey across Africa. Skimming close to the ground, they flew over 17 countries on their zigzag route from Hamburg to Cape Town. Poliza's alluring-and often surprising-photographs share this exceptional journey with the world. With a bird's-eye view, we witness the astounding beauty, scale and diversity of this imposing continent. The accompanying texts give a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the photographs and brief background to some of the most fascinating subject matters.
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Photo-Graphics: Exposure: An Infographic Guide to Photography

Photo-Graphics: Exposure: An Infographic Guide to Photography

David Taylor

$29.99
Photo-Graphics: Exposure looks behind the lens at the science of light, colour and lenses, and then applies this to the practical matters of such essentials as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, metering, movement, histograms, exposure adjustment, and dynamic range. All the relevant information is presented in instantly engaging info-graphics that inform, illuminate, intrigue and entertain: creating a unique guide to photographic technique that can be studied from start to finish or kept in the camera bag as a dip-in refresher course that's as exciting to the photographer's eye as it is essential to the photographer's craft.
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Glitterati

Glitterati

Robert Rosen

$79.99
Visually exciting and historically fascinating, Photosphere is a candid look at iconic celebrity, fashion and society, as seen through the lens of Robert Rosen.

Rosen's up close and personal collection of photographs featuring celebrities, stars, artists, fashion & society through the 70s, 80s, 90s & Noughties in London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne & Bali, along with behind-the-scenes tales, brings a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of those who have captured the imagination of millions globally.

Robert Rosen is one of Australia's foremost social & fashion photographers.

His extraordinary collection of iconic celebrities and artists of the 70s, 80s, 90s & 2000s photographed in London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne & Bali is candid, up close and personal. For over 30 years Rosen has covered fashion shows, rock concerts, social events as well as shooting his own personal portraits in the studio. Rosen's subjects are willing participants, resulting in images that exude candour, warmth & wit.
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