Multcolib Research Picks: Raw Materials: Art & Craft
Annotation:"Art cloth features a series of dyed and printed layers, each contributing to the intricacy, beauty, and interest of the fabric, transforming cloth into a work of art. "
Annotation:This comprehensive book, in encyclopedia format, describes the history, properties, uses, and potential hazards of art materials. Updated in multiple editions since 1040.
Annotation:"Staubach, a potter and freelance writer, successfully communicates the passion she feels for her material (both literal and literary) in this extensively researched overview of clay. What is this ubiquitous stuff? " - from the book summary.
Annotation:Fascinating worldwide survey of the traditional uses of felt for clothing, rugs, and shelter, and innovative uses of the process of felt in art, craft, and industry. Excellent source to use as a starting point for projects in felting. See also numerous other books on this topic in the Library Catalog.
Annotation:Michael McCann, a leading authority on art hazards, has written books as well as a journal publication to inform artists about risks and safety measures for using art materials. His books have been continually updated since the first editions in the 1970's.
Annotation:This fine book is a reprint of the 1983 original edition, that describes step by step the craft of papermaking in Japan. For those with time and patience, this book is as an excellent guide to the process. For armshair travellers in traditional crafts, this book can also be read as a cultural history of craftsmanship mingled with daily life in old Japan.
Annotation:"Living as we do in a digital age, a book that addresses a physical process such as papermaking will almost certainly be regarded by some as retrograde.... Printmaking by its very nature is a medium most suited to the process of building up an image in layers. It is the fusion of print with a specifically prepared and dyed sheet of paper, which can result in a work of extraordinary richness and beauty." - from the preface.
Annotation:The author's aim in writing this book is to simplify the process for the beginner. She says: "Marbling is really a thrilling art. Watching the paints flow on the water, take their various forms under your hand, and then transfer so easily to paper can seem almost magical. the entire process of marbling a sheet ofpaper takes only minutes, and after each marbling session you will have produced many sheets suitable for a variety of crafts uses." - from the introduction.
Annotation:"The author covers the entire range of earth tones - ochres, siennas, umbers, and terres vertes - and shows how to use them in conjunction with both professional materials and common household products to create oil paints, watercolors, temperas, pastels, crayons, and printing inks, as well as colored concrete, plaster , - and handmade paper. " - from the book summary.
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Selections of books about primary materials in the arts; how to use them in traditional and new ways, plus titles about hazards and safety measures in working with art materials.