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New books arrived while I was away – now to review them

The past week has flown by and I’ve had little time to dedicate to my blog, however, I think I’m back on track and the words will flow again.

I have 3 new books to work through.

Somerset Digital Studio.

It’s a showcase of digital art using your camera, iPhone  and computer. Somerset Digital Studio showcases some of the best digitally created artwork around, and these breathtaking samples of scrapbook pages, ATCs, and collages will have you marvelling atin this growing trend of creating digitally altered artwork.

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In this article by Veronica Hassel she suggested an app called ‘slow shutter’ I added it to my iPhone.

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This is a photo I took on my phone using the app slow shutter. You add layers of images and slow down the shutter speed, all on your iphone.

The next book is Indian Textiles of the Karun Thakar Collection.

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This dazzling array of Indian textiles from one of the world’s most important and eclectic private collections contains many images never before published. A treasure trove of Indian textiles, this book ranges from 14th century trade cloths found as far away as Central Asia, Japan, Bhutan, and Afghanistan to Indian folk textiles and costumes. A passionate collector since his childhood days, Karun Thakar discusses the roots of his passion in an essay, telling how he became interested in textiles and explaining what he looks for when buying an object. Additional essays by world renowned experts offer historical and cultural perspectives on various types of textiles, their production and use. Gorgeous illustrations of Kashmiri shawls, embroidered temple hangings, silk brocade and wedding costumes reflect the intricate beauty of each piece and the expert handicraft that has been practiced for centuries.

I haven’t got too far into this beautiful book but its absolutely inspiring.

The last one is a Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight.

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If you have ever dreamed of showing your designs on fabric, textile aficionado Kim Kight, of popular blog True Up, is here to teach you how. Comprehensive and refreshingly straightforward, this impressive volume features two main parts. First, the Design and Color section explains the basics with step-by-step tutorials on creating repeating patterns both by hand and on the computer. Next, the Printing section guides you through transferring those designs on fabric-whether it’s block printing, screen printing, digital printing or licensing to a fabric company-and how to determine the best method for you. It will take a while to work through it, but I have a few weeks home, so its one of the books by the chair.

I’ve hung up the beautiful Hanji paper I bought in Seoul to flatten out. Unrolled my paintings and folded and packed away the new fabric.

Now to sign some of my own books for distribution. I have  to work on the Bayeux Project for 10 hours a day so the schedule is a bit gruelling.

1 Comment

  1. Laroyce Coy says

    Pam could you give me more information on the slow shutter app. There are several could you be more specific.

    Thanks,
    Laroyce

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