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Learn to Paint Magical Scenes in Thread in a New Book by Embroidery Artist Emillie Ferris

 Craft #birds #books #embroidery #insects #mushrooms #nature #thread January 13, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Emillie Ferris, courtesy of David & Charles, shared with permission U.K.-based artist Emillie Ferris (previously) has spent nearly a decade refining her distinct embroidery technique, which involves staggering long and short stitches to create textured portrayals of flora …

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A Serpentine Rattlesnake Wraps Around a Metaphorical Wood and Book Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

 Art #books #sculpture #snakes #wood January 7, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Maskull Lasserre In a towering, totem-style sculpture titled “The Garden,” Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre (previously) compresses a collection of 18th-century botanical texts between two parallel planks of Douglas Fir. Metal vices bore through the wooden beams, securing the first four volumes …

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In ‘Wild Design,’ Vintage Illustrations Expose the Patterns and Shapes Behind All Life on Earth

 Illustration Science #biology #birds #books #mushrooms #nature #pattern January 5, 2022 Grace Ebert Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, 1904. Gotha: Bibliographisches Institut. All images from Wild Design: Nature’s Architects by Kimberly Ridley, published by Princeton Architectural Press, shared with permission of the publisher Focusing on the patterns and shapes that structure the planet, a …

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Colossal’s Favorite Books of 2021

 Art Craft Photography #books December 8, 2021 Colossal Before we (eagerly) say goodbye to 2021, we’re taking a look back at the year, starting with the books we covered on Colossal. Throughout the past 12 months, we published dozens of articles centered on new artist monographs and tomes surveying broader topics that range from …

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‘A Library of Misremembered Books’ Is a Witty, Illustrated Compendium of Mistaken Titles

 Illustration #books #humor #satire November 5, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Chronicle Books, shared with permission Marina Luz’s A Library of Misremembered Books is an ode to all of our favorite titles that we can’t quite recall: there’s the ’80’s high-school classic “Popular Girls Who Shoplift,” the one with the “Cat Possibly …

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Knotted Systems of Red Thread Dangle from Fabric Books and Letters by Rima Day

 Art Craft #books #fabric #sculpture #thread November 3, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Rima Day, shared with permission Bound with loose threads and inscribed with sinuous lines that crawl across the page, the textile works created by Tennessee-based artist Rima Day evoke the Japanese good luck charms called sennibari. Translating to “thousand person …

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An Illustrated Children’s Book Is a Sensitive Retelling of a Timber Elephant’s Role in WWII

 Illustration #animals #books #children’s book #drawing #elephants November 1, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Flying Eye Books, shared with permission Meet Bandoola, an Asian timber elephant the British Army enlisted in WWII. Purchased as a calf, the lumbering creature was shipped to a teak plantation where he was forced to drag and …

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In ‘Raw Craft,’ the Late Anthony Bourdain Visits the Bay Area Press Utilizing 19th-Century Bookmaking Techniques

 Craft Documentary #books #letterpress #short film #typesetting #video October 28, 2021 Grace Ebert  Regardless of its unabashed tech culture, San Francisco remains a hub for analog artforms, hosting an annual festival that uses a 7-ton steamroller to print linocuts and housing one of the last remaining publishers of its kind. Arion Press is …

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An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

 Art History Photography #art history #books October 15, 2021 Grace Ebert Zanele Muholi, Bhekezakhe, Parktown (2016), gelatin silver print, 50 × 35.9 centimeters. Photo © Zanele Muholi. Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists: From 1882 to Now compiles a …

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Neon Lights and Urban Loneliness Shroud Cities After Dark in Liam Wong’s Panoramic Photo Book

 Photography #books #cities #light #night #panoramic October 1, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Volume Co., shared with permission The foundational idea behind Liam Wong’s new book is that “real life is just as potent, bizarre, and interesting as things we can imagine.” Released by the crowd-sourced publisher Volume, After Dark is a …

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