Books

  • GIFT VOUCHER
  • GIFT VOUCHER
  • Gift Vouchers make the perfect gift for your creative friend or loved one, available in $50, $100, $150 or your preferred value. Supplied electronically and/or by post with product catalogue to you or your special person.

  • Price$50.00

Clearance ~ heavily discounted

  • Dyeing Elegance: Asian Modernism and the Art of Kuboku and Hisako Takaku
  • Dyeing Elegance: Asian Modernism and the Art of Kuboku and Hisako Takaku
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 42.50 

    A glorious book! Textile artist Takaku Kuboku (1908-1993) is a paragon among modern artists of Japan, fusing rural and urban, traditional and innovative, and Asian and European influences in his life and work. In a milieu where artists championed indigenous craft techniques as a vital component of authentic Asian artistic achievement, he specialized in wax-resist textile dyeing, or roketsuzome. His works on silk were among the most highly sought-after by the elite classes of Japanese society. With his daughter Hisako (b. 1944) he produced obi and kimono that combine the Japanese aesthetic of spontaneous ink brush painting with modern Cubist and abstract designs, while maintaining ties with traditional Japanese painting. The subjects are predominantly drawn from nature, with a spiritual undertone indicating an awareness of and sensitivity to the idea of a life force that courses through and unifies all living things. Hardcover

  • Price$25.00
  • GET SPUN
  • GET SPUN
  • The Step-by-Step Guide to Spinning Art Yarns
  • Symeon North
  •  PRICED TO CLEAR was 35.50

    Wow! a great book for spinners moving into creating art yarns, or fibre artists wanting to spin their own creative yarns; this popular book is beautifully presented with high quality photographs and excellent instruction.

    Contents include an introduction to art yarns, tools & materials – wool, silk, eco-fibres, glitz, thread, elastic & yarn, fabric, plastic bags and assorted hardware. Dyeing procedures, hand-painting yarn, dyeing silk cocoons, protein and plant fibres. Blending fibre and colour, including a lesson in colour; Spinning basics, including carding and spinning with un-carded fibres, plying, breaking the rules and combining techniques to reach full artistic potential.

    “ Funky, beautiful, functional yarns are within reach ”

  • Price$25.00
  • The World of Wearable Art WOW 2006  * one for wearable art enthusiasts and collectors
  • The World of Wearable Art WOW 2006 * one for wearable art enthusiasts and collectors
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 65.50 

    One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in New Zealand over recent years has been the spectacular success of WOW - the World of Wearable Art, an annual competition and award show that explores the intersection between fashion and art, through a genre popularly known as wearable art. This unique event has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of fashion designers, artists, costume makers and other craft artists from all over the world to participate. The range of garments produced for this event is breathtaking, as the rules of competition mean that anything of quality that is in any way wearable can find a place on the catwalk. What this also means is that the garments are constructed from an extraordinary array of materials - car parts, wood shavings, zips, silk, potato chip packets, seaweed, slices of toast, old telephone parts, paper clips, corrugated iron, gloves, feathers, the list is endless. As well, the thematic range is impressive, with a dizzying amalgam of ideas and influences, including metamorphism, concepts around entrapment and blindness, eroticism and fetish, pacifica, fantasy and flight. Wearable Art is intended to be an inspirational and truly original visual design source book, and features the work of New Zealand photographer Craig Potton, who has been photographing wearable art shows and garments for many years. This book collects together the best garments that have been produced over the past 15 years, in a remarakble celebration of the diversity and creativity of the wearable art that has come from this competition. Anyone with an interest in fashion, design and the craft arts will find this book inspirational. WOW 2006 RRP NZ 43.94

  • Price$25.00
  • Creative Surface Design
  • Creative Surface Design
  • Painting, Stamping, Stenciling and Embossing Fabric & More
  • Sandy Scrivano
  • PRICED TO CLEAR  was 32.99

    A fresh and exciting, comprehensive guide to embellishing surfaces with unique design. This book illustrates how you can decorate a variety of surfaces, including many types of fabric, from silk through to leather, suede, wood. This stimulating book is easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions and photographs. The comprehensive index includes fabric painting, stencilling, stamping, embossing, materials and supplies. A gallery of the artists work provides ideas and inspiration. Paperback 

  • Price$25.00
  • The Art of Manipulating Fabric
  • The Art of Manipulating Fabric
  • Colette Wolf
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 51.50

    This well written text offers a comprehensive over-view of three dimensional manipulation of fabric to create surface texture in any genre, fashion, textiles art, quilting or home crafts. Techniques, combined with an extensive photo gallery, illustrate traditional methods with contemporary decorative finishes and include both hand and machine stitching. The author's presentation breaks the techniques down into simple instructions with endless possibilities to further the readers own creativity. This visually stimulating book is filled with techniques such as gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, smocking and quilting woven materials, and more, in fantastic detail; it encapsulates skills that are in danger of being forgotten, and comes highly recommended. 

  • Price$25.00

Books ~ new and coming

  • Sanderson ~ The Essence of English Decoration * gift idea
  • Sanderson ~ The Essence of English Decoration * gift idea
  • Mary Schoeser
  • Sanderson has been, for more than 150 years, at the vanguard of every significant movement in European decorative arts, from Arts and Crafts and Art Deco to 1980s country-house style and the vibrant interiors of the Nineties, shaping a distinctive mode of English decoration beloved throughout the world. Granted unprecedented access to the Sanderson archives, the excellent author/ historian Mary Schoeser, tells the story of the company that became Englands leading manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative fabrics.

    With over 200 stunning patterns specially selected from the Sanderson archives and reproduced in rich full colour, this book is a font of inspiration for decorators, designers, graphic artists, collectors and all textile enthusiasts, in fact anyone who loves a beautiful interior. Hard cover large format 200 pages

  • Price$35.00
  • Japonism *gift line
  • Japonism *gift line
  • The Japanese Influence on Western Art Since 1858
  • Siegfried Wichmann
  • Japans door to the outside world was opened in 1858, ending a 200-year period of total isolation. The wealth of superb Japanese traditions of textiles, ceramics, metalwork and architecture, as well as printmaking and painting, reached the West and brought with it electrifying new ideas of composition, colour and design. In this stimulating, visually rich book, Siegfried Wichmann, the internationally renowned expert on Japonisme, accompanies his breathtaking illustrations with a text that encompasses a wealth of detail and opens up new lines of enquiry. Large format 462 pages of glorious photography and text

  • Price$59.00
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols
  • Identification and analysis of the visual vocabulary that formulates our thoughts and dictates our reactions to the world around us
  • Mark O'Connell and Raje Airey
  • This compelling book deals with identification and analysis of the visual vocabulary that formulates our thoughts and dictates our reactions to the world around us.

    It is a fascinating guide to hundreds of symbols, signs and ideographs, illustrated with photographs, artworks, diagrams and drawings, and presented with authoritative text, commentary and definitions. Lavish illustration shows how signs and symbols have been interpreted and represented through thousands of years of art, myth and religion: from the Babylonians to the Egyptians; Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo; from the Knights Templar to Freud and Jung, and from Aleister Crowley to the code-breakers of World War II. Accessible text explains, decodes and categorizes the signs and provides an indispensable reference. It contains a directory of over 1000 symbols, in addition to hundreds of images featuring these primal metaphors. Symbols can be as graphic as a cross, square or circle, or they can be conceptual representations of themes such as the soul, resurrection, love or desire. The meaning of these signs and symbols is complex and diverse, and depends on many variables.

    Over 1600 symbols and signs are covered in this comprehensive volume, analysing the definitions and interpretations that have been made across the boundaries of time, culture and tradition. Lavishly illustrated, this book contains a vast source of images and an erudite and informative text that will inform any scholar, dream-reader, magician, psychological historian, astrologer or psychotherapist.

  • Price$29.00

Silk Painting & Shibori

  • Silk Scarf Printing & Dyeing
  • Silk Scarf Printing & Dyeing
  • step by step techniques for 50 silk scarves
  • Melanie Brummer
  • Dye & Print your own Silk Scarves

     
    With step-by-step instructions for 50 different silk scarf projects in a wide range of styles, colour ways and difficulty levels - you will soon be able to make your own gorgeous silk scarves, for yourself or as gifts.
    Special focus is laced on using found objects and everyday household items to create original prints.
    Learn also how different dyes work on different silks, how to blend dyes to achieve unique colours and patterns. Different dyeing and printing methods are explained, with a little help on composing eye-catching designs.
    Melanie Brummer, a succesful South African textile designer, teacher, and author brings us an easy to follow, visually stimulation instructional book on decorating ready hemmed scarves into beautiful tops, sarongs, wraps and scarves. 
    Inspirational! 2015
  • Price$36.00
  • Flowering Plants ~ Kew Gardens - a design book
  • Flowering Plants ~ Kew Gardens - a design book
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew
  • An exciting new book for Silk Painters ~ offered by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, contains 44  elegant, beautifully hand drawn line illustrations, one linear and another painted for colour suggestion. Drawn from life, these images show the detail, colour and tone of the actual plant to inspire you to produce your own interpretation. The images are fresh and exciting, ideal for silk painting !

  • Price$17.50
  • BRUSH SET ~ SUSAN LOUISE MOYER ESSENTIALS ~ 10% OFF
  • BRUSH SET ~ SUSAN LOUISE MOYER ESSENTIALS ~ 10% OFF
  • ON SALE 10% OFF July 2017 - discount will show in shopping cart

    Susan Louise Moyer, professional Master Silk Painting Artist, selected this set of essentials for the silk painter

    Black Velvet™~ set of 3 Squirrel-Risslon blend rounds #4, #8, #12. Excellent value. Below US List Price. 

  • Price$56.66
  • Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting
  • Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting
  • Mandy Southan
  • This is an excellent Guide to Silk Painting for Beginners, and those wanting to Learn New Techniques.

    Learn how to create beautiful pictures by painting on silk. With just a touch of a brush, you can paint luminous washes, vibrant flowers or exotic fruit. Add gold outliner, gutta, wax or salt to produce bold patterns and atmospheric effects. Building skills and confidence through well directed assignments. Clear and easy to follow instructions; stimulating and vibrant colour photographs. Mandy Southan has written many excellent texts on the subject and is a well known professional silk painter and teacher. Twelve innovative step-by-step projects each covering a different technique; using colour, painting on damp silk, on dry silk; textured effects using salt; resists using gutta, outliner, wax; moving on with discharge paste, diffuser, dye tinted gutta, salt solution, antifusant (anti-spread) adding detail. UK re-published 2016 edition 

  • Price$27.95
  • The Artists Guide to Gutta & Wax Resist Techniques CD/PDF - Susan L Moyer
  • The Artists Guide to Gutta & Wax Resist Techniques CD/PDF - Susan L Moyer
  • Susan L Moyer
  • * Digital CD-PDF Edition of this iconic book, the printed version is now out of print.

    View and save this electronic book on your computer  - easy to refer to, run tutorials in class, workshops, studio and print off as required.

    Master the secrets of an exquisiste art form with Susan Louise Moyer. Silk Painitng is rapidly gaining an enthusiastic following amongst surface designers and fine artists. The pure transparent colours of the dyes, combined with the luxurious drape and sheen of the silk itself, combine to make this a uniquely sensuous medium. This book shows exactly how to use each technique and how to combine them for unique painting perfect for entry level, intermediate and experienced, all will value this excellent material.    ** buy the twin set of Susan Louise Moyer's books on CD/PDF for a special price below **

  • Price$32.00
  • Silk Painting for Fashion & Fine Art - Susan L Moyer
  • Silk Painting for Fashion & Fine Art - Susan L Moyer
  • Techniques for Making Ties, Scarves, Dresses, Decorative Pillows & Fine Art Paintings
  • Susan L Moyer
  • * Digital CD-PDF Edition of this iconic book, the printed version is now out of print.

    View and save this electronic book on your computer - easy to refer to, project onto a screen, run tutorials in class, workshops, studio and print off as required.

    This inspiring book for the intermediate and advanced silk painter goes beyond the basics, demonstrating the various techniques for dye painting on silk. It also gives professional design direction and guidelines for creating original men's and women's fashion. Also included are advanced silk painting techniques, colour and composition, quilting and construction techniques, and for the fine artist, framing and preserving your artwork. Featured are over 30 renowned professional artists from around the world. The exotic techniques used to create their fashions and fine art statements are demonstrated in 200 full color illustrations. Useful information about the latest materials, equipment and their sources are covered. Susan Louise Moyer, professional silk painter and renown teacher, also author of the best-seller 'Silk Painting; Gutta and Wax Resists'  The printed edition out of print   ** buy the twin set of Susan Louise Moyer's books on CD/PDF for a special price below **

  • Price$32.00
  • Moyer Silk Painting Digital CD/PDF Books ~ Twin Pack  ** gift idea
  • Moyer Silk Painting Digital CD/PDF Books ~ Twin Pack ** gift idea
  •  

    The Artists Guide to Gutta & Wax Resist Techniques - Susan L Moyer

    Silk Painting for Fashion & Fine Art - Susan L Moyer

    Purchase the twin set of the above digital CD/PDF books for a special price of $58

     

  • Price$58.00
  • Shibori Designs & Techniques
  • Shibori Designs & Techniques
  • Mandy Southan
  • This vibrant book provides an excellent guide to shibori techniques, with a stimulating contemporary take on traditional Japanese methods. Techniques are exquisitely illustrated with easy to follow instructions on dyeing methods, that can be further developed and seek to inspire. The book covers colour ways and creating dimension through colour layers and discharge. Detailed dyeing, binding, stitching and capping techniques are explored along with folding, clamping and pole wrapping. Catering to all ranges of experience, textile artist Mandy Southan’s book is an excellent reference book for students and practicing artist, highly recommended

  • Price$29.90
  • The Complete Book of Flower Designs
  • The Complete Book of Flower Designs
  • A source book for craftspeople & artists plus a gallery of inspirational finished pieces
  • Over 250 borders, motifs and patterns (with CD rom)
  • An excellent design resource book crammed with patterns and some glossy coloured photographs of finished work. Great for silk painters and leadlighters, folk artists, glass painters.

  • Price$32.00

Dyeing, Surface Design, Printing & more

  • Dyeing Elegance: Asian Modernism and the Art of Kuboku and Hisako Takaku
  • Dyeing Elegance: Asian Modernism and the Art of Kuboku and Hisako Takaku
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 42.50 

    A glorious book! Textile artist Takaku Kuboku (1908-1993) is a paragon among modern artists of Japan, fusing rural and urban, traditional and innovative, and Asian and European influences in his life and work. In a milieu where artists championed indigenous craft techniques as a vital component of authentic Asian artistic achievement, he specialized in wax-resist textile dyeing, or roketsuzome. His works on silk were among the most highly sought-after by the elite classes of Japanese society. With his daughter Hisako (b. 1944) he produced obi and kimono that combine the Japanese aesthetic of spontaneous ink brush painting with modern Cubist and abstract designs, while maintaining ties with traditional Japanese painting. The subjects are predominantly drawn from nature, with a spiritual undertone indicating an awareness of and sensitivity to the idea of a life force that courses through and unifies all living things. Hardcover

  • Price$25.00
  • Creative Surface Design
  • Creative Surface Design
  • Painting, Stamping, Stenciling and Embossing Fabric & More
  • Sandy Scrivano
  • PRICED TO CLEAR  was 32.99

    A fresh and exciting, comprehensive guide to embellishing surfaces with unique design. This book illustrates how you can decorate a variety of surfaces, including many types of fabric, from silk through to leather, suede, wood. This stimulating book is easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions and photographs. The comprehensive index includes fabric painting, stencilling, stamping, embossing, materials and supplies. A gallery of the artists work provides ideas and inspiration. Paperback 

  • Price$25.00
  • The Painted Quilt ~ PRICED TO CLEAR was $39.99
  • The Painted Quilt ~ PRICED TO CLEAR was $39.99
  • Paint & Print Techniques for Colour on Quilts
  • Linda & Laura Kemshall
  • A visual feast for every quilter and textile artist; add colour to quilts in a way that's beyond fabric, creating textiles more dimensional, detailed and distinctive than you ever imagined possible. Methods include combining paints, dyes, pens, pastels, image transfer and fusible web to produce intricate effects on quilted fabrics and textiles. A blend of practical instruction, expert guidance, striking photographs, unique creative processes and exposure to the artists invaluable sketchbooks.

  • Price$25.00

Felting & Fibre

Natural Dyes & Indigo

  • A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing - SOLD OUT
  • A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing - SOLD OUT
  • Vivien Prideaux
  • AN EXCELLENT STARTER BOOK, very accessible, comprehensive, easy to follow and well illustrated. Ideal for beginners but a useful addition to the dye resource bookshelf of all level dyers. This is a new edition 2012, after being out of print for some time. Vivien Prideaux first published this book in 2003 and it remains as popular as ever.

    Sharing here her long experience as a dyer and her mastery of shibori resisit techniques, showing how a huge variety of effects can be produced by folding, stitching, pleating, binding and clamping fabric before dyeing. Clear instruction and step-by-step photographs support the process and show how to prepare the dyepot, master the techniques and make various useful items.

  • Price$39.50
  • Indigo Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans
  • Indigo Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans
  • Jenny Balfour-Paul
  • For the dye enthusiast as well as the competant beginner ~ this is the recently released edition of Jenny's original gospel on the subject of Indigo. This classic book tells the compelling story of the worlds most valued and widely used natural dyestuff since ancient times. Indigo is natures only source of blue dye, produced from plants by a process akin to alchemy. The result of over 20 years of research, this is the only book to examine all aspects of this subject and is an incredible read. A wonderful,  valuable reference for all those interested in textiles, art and design, or the history of colour. Superbly written and illustrated in full, rich colour.

  • Price$46.00
  • NATURE’S PALETTE
  • NATURE’S PALETTE
  • the science of plant colour
  • David Lee
  • ‘a great book that will leave you looking at leaves and petals with renewed admiration’ New Scientist

     

    A book that will earn the interest of botanists, gardeners, artists, dyers and creative thinkers everywhere.

     

    Natures Palette is a highly illustrated, immensely entertaining exploration of the science of plant colour. Beginning with potent reminders of how deeply interwoven plant colours are with human life and culture – from the shifting hues that told early humans when fruit and vegetables were ready to eat, to the indigo dyes that signified royalty for later generations. David Lee moves easily through the details of pigments, the evolution of colour perception, the nature of light and dozens of other topics. Through a narrative peppered with anecdotes of a life spent pursuing botanical knowledge around the world, he reveals the profound ways that efforts to understand and exploit plant colour have influenced the sphere of human life, and continue to do so.

    This book achieves great balance, full of wonders and wondering, in which the scientific, the personal, the poetic and the historical come together in a delightful and easy read.  

  • Price$38.40
  • Dye Plants & Dyeing
  • Dye Plants & Dyeing
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • John & Margaret Cannon
  • All who work with fibres and textiles, as well as botanists and plant enthusiasts, will love this book. The authors, being both professional botanists, have selected forty eight plants from around the world and describe the structure and cultivation of each, it’s history as a dye source and the best method of use based on their own experience. Each plant is beautifully illustrated by Gretal Dalby-Quenet, a skilled botanical artist, in a full page painting that also shows the colours the plant can yield, some of these are saffron, indigo, madder, henna, elderberry. John Cannon was Keeper of Botany at The Natural History Museum, London until 1990. Margaret Cannon was a botanical researcher there also, and is now a specialised artisan of spinning, dyeing and weaving in the UK. Excellent publication.

  • Price$44.50
  • Natural Processes in Textile Art
  • Natural Processes in Textile Art
  • from rust dyeing to found objects
  • Alice Fox
  • This is a wonderful new book, brimming with stimulation into seeking colour from the environment..

    An innovative guide, packed with inspiration from the natural world around us, from natural dyeing techniques with plants and leaves to weaving with found or foraged items, from rust printing, mark making and dyeing to building up texture with stitch.

    Stunning visuals of textile work from the author, and featuring work from international artists makes this a beautiful, inspirational guide which demonstrates how to work with sustainable materials that are in harmony with the landscape and sustainability. Hardback, fabric covered   * a beautiful gift

  • Price$36.00
  • Second Skin
  • Second Skin
  • choosing and caring for textiles and clothing ~ AU Edition
  • India Flint
  • From the flyleaf; Almost from the moment of our birth, clothing acts as a second skin - yet we rarely consider where our clothes have come from and the effects they may have on the environment. This heartfelt, practical and topical book is about easily achievable ways in which we can care for our planet by living simpler lives and using fewer of Earth's non-renewable resources, specifically those to do with clothes and clothing.

    This is a beautifully photographed and browsable book, presenting inspirational and practical information on selecting and acquiring, wearing and caring for, making and re-purposing textiles and clothing.

  • Price$54.00
  • Natural Dyes
  • Natural Dyes
  • Hardman & Pinhey
  • A welcome, and astonishingly beautiful new publication on the subject of natural dyes. UK in origin, containing a few hedgerow plants that we won't see in Australia, but crammed full of plants we will. Beautiful detailed hand-painted illustrations adorn each recipe along with information on growing & foraging, and special section on designing a dyers garden. Judy Hardman is a master dyer/weaver/spinner, Sally Pinhey teaches botanical illustration and is a RHS medalist & illustrator of horticultural books. Contents include preparation for dyeing and dye techniques, how to dye felt in all its forms, solar dyeing and step by step instructions for silk, wool and cotton. This is a very special addition to the natural dye enthusiast's library of reference books.  2009 UK

  • Price$44.40
  • The Art & Craft of Natural Dyeing ~ more coming soon
  • The Art & Craft of Natural Dyeing ~ more coming soon
  • Traditional Recipes for Modern Use
  • J. N. Liles
  • This is the best book on the shelf ! Don't buy this book if you want to sit down and browse through a lot of coloured dye examples and glossy pictures. This is a serious book for the dyer who wants to really know; while offering a brief history of dyeing and discussing the pre-synthetic dye era, Jim launches straight into a comprehensive documentation of his many years researching 18th and 19th century dyes, conducting experiments and trying to reproduce the achievements of our ancestors. He covers health & safety, scouring, mordanting, specifics for using silk and wool, and whole chapters to Yellow, Blue, including Logwood, Prussian & Indigo, Reds; Madder, St.John's Blood, Redwood, Indian Hopi reds, Greens, Purple, Oranges, Browns, Greys & Blacks. It is well written, in an easy to read format and offers step by step instructions to successful, lasting, vibrant colour. Great for trouble-shooting. 222 pages 2006 edition ( first published 1990 ) USA

  • Price$42.00
  • Wild Colour
  • Wild Colour
  • The Complete Guide to Making & Using Natural Dyes
  • Jenny Dean
  • The best resource available on Natural Dyeing. This wonderful book is a practical, inspirational guide to using plant matter to create beautiful colour. A comprehensive text outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibres and plants, choose the right methods for mordanting & dyeing, test colour modifiers and fastness of dyed colour, how to obtain a range of gorgeous colour from every plant, beautifully illustrated in over 250 swatches. Each plant species is carefully explained and photographed, detailing the cultivation and harvesting, where found, availability, planting, growing and harvesting seasons, plant parts and different colour effects, dyeing procedure, mordants.  paperback 2010 

  • Price$38.00

Sewing, Stitch, Needle Arts

  • The World of Wearable Art WOW 2006  * one for wearable art enthusiasts and collectors
  • The World of Wearable Art WOW 2006 * one for wearable art enthusiasts and collectors
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 65.50 

    One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in New Zealand over recent years has been the spectacular success of WOW - the World of Wearable Art, an annual competition and award show that explores the intersection between fashion and art, through a genre popularly known as wearable art. This unique event has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of fashion designers, artists, costume makers and other craft artists from all over the world to participate. The range of garments produced for this event is breathtaking, as the rules of competition mean that anything of quality that is in any way wearable can find a place on the catwalk. What this also means is that the garments are constructed from an extraordinary array of materials - car parts, wood shavings, zips, silk, potato chip packets, seaweed, slices of toast, old telephone parts, paper clips, corrugated iron, gloves, feathers, the list is endless. As well, the thematic range is impressive, with a dizzying amalgam of ideas and influences, including metamorphism, concepts around entrapment and blindness, eroticism and fetish, pacifica, fantasy and flight. Wearable Art is intended to be an inspirational and truly original visual design source book, and features the work of New Zealand photographer Craig Potton, who has been photographing wearable art shows and garments for many years. This book collects together the best garments that have been produced over the past 15 years, in a remarakble celebration of the diversity and creativity of the wearable art that has come from this competition. Anyone with an interest in fashion, design and the craft arts will find this book inspirational. WOW 2006 RRP NZ 43.94

  • Price$25.00
  • The Art of Manipulating Fabric
  • The Art of Manipulating Fabric
  • Colette Wolf
  • PRICED TO CLEAR was 51.50

    This well written text offers a comprehensive over-view of three dimensional manipulation of fabric to create surface texture in any genre, fashion, textiles art, quilting or home crafts. Techniques, combined with an extensive photo gallery, illustrate traditional methods with contemporary decorative finishes and include both hand and machine stitching. The author's presentation breaks the techniques down into simple instructions with endless possibilities to further the readers own creativity. This visually stimulating book is filled with techniques such as gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, smocking and quilting woven materials, and more, in fantastic detail; it encapsulates skills that are in danger of being forgotten, and comes highly recommended. 

  • Price$25.00

Silk, Textiles, History & Reference

  • Textiles; The Whole Story  * gift idea ~ hard back edition
  • Textiles; The Whole Story * gift idea ~ hard back edition
  • Uses, Meanings, Significance
  • Beverly Gordon
  • A worldwide history for anyone with a passion for textiles and textile arts, whether creative, professional, or educational. This is a hard backed beautifully illustrated publication, luxurious and tactile, on heavyweight satin paper, hard to put down.

    There are few aspects of our lives—physical, emotional, spiritual—in which thread and fabrics do not play a notable part. Beverly Gordon reminds us memorably and movingly of the powerful significance of fabric throughout human history. Her study of textile art and history is combined with her own hands-on experience: spinning silk from silk- worm cocoons, weaving cloth, and creating natural dyes.

    The author bridges past and present from the Stone Age, when humans first learned to make cordage or thread, to twenty-first-century “smart fabrics,” which can regulate body temperature or measure the wearer’s pulse. Her discussion integrates art, science, history, and anthropology, and she draws on examples from around the globe.

    Contents:

    1.The very fabric of existance; Textiles in human consciousness.

    2. Living on the earth; Textiles and human survival

    3. The ties that bind; Th social meaning of textiles

    4. Cloth and temporal power; Money, trade, status and control

    5. Cloth as communication; Expressing meaning, messages and beauty

    6. Textiles and the spirit; The sacred, spiritual and healing significance of cloth

    A dazzling array of illustrations includes paintings and photographs of both historic and contemporary textiles and a broad collection of textiles being created, worn and lived with world-wide.

    This is essential reading for anyone with a passion for texiles, whether creative, professional or educational.

    High quality publication. Hard Cover Edition 304 pages Thames & Hudson UK

  • Price$37.50
  • Sanderson ~ The Essence of English Decoration * gift idea
  • Sanderson ~ The Essence of English Decoration * gift idea
  • Mary Schoeser
  • Sanderson has been, for more than 150 years, at the vanguard of every significant movement in European decorative arts, from Arts and Crafts and Art Deco to 1980s country-house style and the vibrant interiors of the Nineties, shaping a distinctive mode of English decoration beloved throughout the world. Granted unprecedented access to the Sanderson archives, the excellent author/ historian Mary Schoeser, tells the story of the company that became Englands leading manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative fabrics.

    With over 200 stunning patterns specially selected from the Sanderson archives and reproduced in rich full colour, this book is a font of inspiration for decorators, designers, graphic artists, collectors and all textile enthusiasts, in fact anyone who loves a beautiful interior. Hard cover large format 200 pages

  • Price$35.00
  • Japonism *gift line
  • Japonism *gift line
  • The Japanese Influence on Western Art Since 1858
  • Siegfried Wichmann
  • Japans door to the outside world was opened in 1858, ending a 200-year period of total isolation. The wealth of superb Japanese traditions of textiles, ceramics, metalwork and architecture, as well as printmaking and painting, reached the West and brought with it electrifying new ideas of composition, colour and design. In this stimulating, visually rich book, Siegfried Wichmann, the internationally renowned expert on Japonisme, accompanies his breathtaking illustrations with a text that encompasses a wealth of detail and opens up new lines of enquiry. Large format 462 pages of glorious photography and text

  • Price$59.00
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols
  • Identification and analysis of the visual vocabulary that formulates our thoughts and dictates our reactions to the world around us
  • Mark O'Connell and Raje Airey
  • This compelling book deals with identification and analysis of the visual vocabulary that formulates our thoughts and dictates our reactions to the world around us.

    It is a fascinating guide to hundreds of symbols, signs and ideographs, illustrated with photographs, artworks, diagrams and drawings, and presented with authoritative text, commentary and definitions. Lavish illustration shows how signs and symbols have been interpreted and represented through thousands of years of art, myth and religion: from the Babylonians to the Egyptians; Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo; from the Knights Templar to Freud and Jung, and from Aleister Crowley to the code-breakers of World War II. Accessible text explains, decodes and categorizes the signs and provides an indispensable reference. It contains a directory of over 1000 symbols, in addition to hundreds of images featuring these primal metaphors. Symbols can be as graphic as a cross, square or circle, or they can be conceptual representations of themes such as the soul, resurrection, love or desire. The meaning of these signs and symbols is complex and diverse, and depends on many variables.

    Over 1600 symbols and signs are covered in this comprehensive volume, analysing the definitions and interpretations that have been made across the boundaries of time, culture and tradition. Lavishly illustrated, this book contains a vast source of images and an erudite and informative text that will inform any scholar, dream-reader, magician, psychological historian, astrologer or psychotherapist.

  • Price$29.00
  • Silk  * gift idea
  • Silk * gift idea
  • A coffee table biography of Silk
  • Mary Schoeser, introduction by Julien Macdonald
  • This gorgeous book indulges every aspect of this lustrous and opulent fabric, explored in all its decadence in this high quality, visually stunning large format publication. Glorious glossy photographs and illustrations provide a detailed exposé of Silk through out the ages, beginning with its origin in Imperial China and a concise history of the Silk Road. The author goes on to explain the fibres enduring influence and central function in culture, art and fashion, both historically and onward to the present day. Masterpieces from the great designers such as Paquin and Lanvin, to Charles James and Valentino are considered, and innovative uses for silk are explored through today’s cutting-edge designers, among them Roberto Cavalli, Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The science, potential and future of Silk as a timeless fabric that is both vintage and contemporary in style are explored in this exciting, well written and visual text, with chapters on silk in use, in detail, and in action. A wonderful browsing, stimulating and informative addition to the collection of all lovers of silk, fashion, history and fine textiles. Hardback edition

  • Price$65.00