I have been buying a fair few art books since being at college and i thought it would be handy to pass on how useful they are especially if you are looking to try a new medium in your work.
All these books i have bought from Amazon, some have been in my wishlist for a very long time (creating one is handy for when people dont know what to buy for birthdays and christmas). Some of these books are ones i have borrowed from my college library, seen in shops or i have been able to look through because my tutors own them. Click the title to be taken to Amazon to read further reviews, add to a wishlist or purchase.
A Field Guide to Fabric Design This covers a lot of areas; design, colour, tutorials, design by hand and computer, illustrator, photoshop, colour-ways and collections, printing block, digital and screen, career, profit, business and advice from the pro’s. This is a very comprehensive book and has a wealth of info and things to try.
Textiles Now constructed textiles, dyed, painted and printed, mixed media, stitch and work from so many artists (including Poppy Treffry). There is so many artists to be inspired from and each image has a small write up about the piece. The artists can then be researched further if they inspire you. An excellent resource of artists.
Plaster Studio Mixed Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Sculpting Not a very thick book but every page shows step by step techniques for plaster work. I havent created anything from the book yet but i have worked in plaster before so i will use some of the techniques and inspirations. There is a long list of tools and materials but dont be put off as there are alternatives you probably have laying around in the shed or kitchen drawer!
Surface Treatment Workshop 45 mixed media techniques, really handy for altering journal pages, preparing a surface to work onto or altering a piece of work. On each page a technique is shown and then several slight alternatives. i have done some with success and others i havent as i dont have the supplies (US book)
Artists Journals and Sketchbooks A fantastic book especially if you are looking to make your sketchbooks more interesting and like a piece of art in their own right. There is more writing than tutorials but in small chunks and with plenty of inspiring images.
Freehand Machine Embroidery I bought this from Poppy Treffrys shop as its local to me but its also available from Amazon (click the title). Despite already having done lots of machine sewing this book is just adorable. Lots of step by step tutorials and in the back templates so you can make your own items. Anyone can do these projects not just those who have years of sewing experience.
Drawing Projects- an exploration of the language of drawing A thick heavy book, this has a lot of writing as well as art, mark making, famous artists, projects. This would really suit an art student or anyone looking to free up their drawing style and be more expressive. This has some good reviews which i agree with.
Kurt Jackson Recent Work I havent seen this in shops so i jumped at the chance to order. At college in the library their is a gorgeous Kurt Jackson book that is now very expensive because its gone out of print. This book is published by a gallery and majority of the pages show the work and its title and dimensions. They are beautiful paintings and drawings which are god to reference if you are a student or just admire as a fan of his work.
Kurt Jackson A New Genre Of Landscape Painting More text than the above book written by several people but its also slightly larger with stunning images of his work.
Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks This book came out last year and again shows beautiful work but also is written by Kurt himself so you have his ideas, thoughts and the journey all there in this book. Fantastic.
The Complete Guide To Designing and Printing Fabric Very similar to the other fabric printing book but slightly thicker, covers pretty much the same subjects so is very informative.
Art in Felt & Stitch I have done felting before and the images inside this book are what attracted me to buying it. The author explains the type of materials and tools and then shows step by step projects. you can create really beautiful work from this book and be inspired to take your drawings to a new level using felt.
How to Be Creative in Textile Art bought on a whim, this book is really handy to get your ideas flowing starting with a topic in mind, developing designs, showing ideas then the end piece, different techniques to try (not step by step but small chunks of info with images).
Layered Textiles Different types of textile art with artists to research further, techniques to try and beautiful clear photos, ive referenced this book in my work several times.
Margaret Mellis I fell in love with her work when i saw it for the first time in the Tate Gallery a couple of years ago. A lot of information about the artist among photos of her family and artwork (with titles and sizes). A good reference book but a must buy for someone who is a fan of her work and wants to know more about her life.
Drawn To Stitch tools, materials, backgrounds, drawing and stitching. A book for any artist looking to transform their drawings into textile art or use stitch as a drawing line. Lots of inspiration which i have used in my work.
Acrylic Solutions Presented like a ring binder, each page has step by step tutorials to create mixed media paintings. Beautiful examples for anyone to try out.
Patrick Heron i borrowed this book when i was writing a critique on Herons work in the Tate. I recommend this book for any fan. Very thick and heavy this talks about his life and has a wealth of images going through from his childhood sketches, through all the various stages of his art career.
Taxidermied The Art Of Roman Dirge A good book for anyone interested in illustration and the dark side of life. Roman Dirge writes a popular novel/story/comic called Lenore. There is hardly any writing but is good for inspiration.
William Scott the thickest and heaviest book and cheap considering how much information is in here. This book covers all you need to know about the artist, much in the same way as the Patrick Heron book.
Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting used as inspiration and as a guide for my Storm painting, this has tutorials but mainly writing by the artist about tecniques. Still; a brilliant book.