Friday, December 18, 2009

All I want for Christmas: Books

"All Aunt Hagar's Children is filled with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is the city's ordinary citizens, not its power brokers, who most concern Jones."
I read Jones's first book, Lost in the City, about the ordinary citizens of DC and absolutely loved it. It was fun to recognize areas of the city and learn about their struggles and triumphs living in the nations capitol.

"Featuring over 1,500 engravings that originally graced the pages of Webster's dictionaries in the 19th century, this chunky volume is an irresistible treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history."
An amazing coffee table book and great for skimming when in the need for a jolt of inspiration.

While these beautiful classics are around $20 at Anthropologie, you can get them for around $14 on Amazon. They are so gorgeous and I know they would look wonderful stacked on my entry table.

"The mission Smith proposes? 'To document and observe the world around you. As if you've never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.'"
Lately I've had the desire to start a sketch diary. Of my experiences and things around me. This would be the perfect inspirational book.

"Using step-by-step instructions and up-close photos, Corwin teaches crafters everything they need to know to master stamping, stenciling, and screen printing, from making their own printing devices to trouble-shooting when plans go awry."
I've always wanted to learn how to hand print my own designs so this would be a great book to jump start all the projects I've wanted to do.

"3191, A Year of Mornings began on January 1, 2007 as an almost daily photo conversation, in blog form, between two friends that live 3191 miles apart."
This book is chalk full of beautiful photographs taken of every day life. Makes you see the beauty in the simple things and offers inspiration for your own every day photography.

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