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Tate: Sketch Club

Hester J Smale, Hester Berry
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Hester J Smale, Hester Berry
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Tate: Brief Lessons in Creativity

Frances Ambler
Authors:
Frances Ambler

'Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.' - MatisseUse this essential guide to crack artistic algorithms and improve, sustain and nurture your creativity. Brief Lessons in Creativity presents a rich variety of artistic methods and solutions for you to try, and is packed with inspiration and practical takeaways. Stay curious like Rauschenberg by immersing yourself in the world through seeing, reading and researching. Repeat and revisit with Cézanne to try things differently, and collect and remix with Matisse and Bacon. Appreciate the importance of solitude and space with Bourgeois, and improvise freely with Van Gogh. With every chapter, learn how to create your best work and embrace a new sense of playfulness.

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Tate: Project Collage

Bev Speight
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Bev Speight
Ilex Press

The Story of the Bauhaus

Frances Ambler
Authors:
Frances Ambler
Ilex Press

My Art Teacher, Mr Matisse

Liana Jegers
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Liana Jegers
Aster

As You Are

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Great Minds Don't Think Alike

Emily Gosling
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Emily Gosling

Great Minds Don't Think Alike surveys some of the most brilliant minds of the past and present. Discover the methods and rituals they used to forge a constructive, creative pathway, from the downright peculiar to the reassuringly pedestrian.Learn the importance of daily routines with Sylvia Plath, embrace randomness with David Bowie and transcend tragedy with Frida Kahlo. With 56 tried and tested creative techniques from inspired, and inspiring, minds - among them, architects, musicians, playwrights, painters and philosophers - enjoy an illustrated compendium of ingenious insights to kickstart your own creative process.

Aster

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

Catherine Gray
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Catherine Gray
Aster

Washing up is Good for you

Can washing up really be good for you? Can we discover a moment of insight, a wave of calm, a tickle of delight or a tingle of connection within our simple, readily available, everyday routine? Without needing to alter our entire lifestyle, can we unearth a fresh way in, hidden inside the daily and seemingly mundane? How might we flip our thinking away from resisting and towards maybe even relishing the washing up, the cleaning and the cooking? What might this do for our body, our mind and our relationships?One everyday activity at a time, artists, designers, writers, psychologists and speakers share their stories and experiences of the everyday. You will hear of family bonding over the washing up, wondrous rituals with a cup of tea and the creation of playful households.So, yes, we are suggesting that washing up can be good for you. In fact, even more than good for you! It can be liberating, relaxing, creative and healing. These ideas are deeply embedded in some of the world's most ancient wisdom. Here, we simply explore how this way of thinking can very easily become part of our daily doing.

Aster

Walking in the Rain

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You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book

Jake Spicer
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Jake Spicer

This book is for anybody who wants to draw more, whether you are learning from scratch or developing existing skills. When you're learning to draw, the most important thing you'll own is a sketchbook, and this is a sketchbook with training wheels. Let go of your fear and unlock drawing skills that you never believed you could have with this expertly guided sketchbook. Not your ordinary art book, You Will be Able to Draw by the End of This Book is a combined tutorial and sketchbook that not only teaches you the fundamental steps required for you to be able to draw, but also allows you the space to practise on the page. The book lays flat to allow you to draw comfortably and has an elastic band to keep your artwork safe. Each exercise has an estimated completion time, so it doesn't matter whether you are at home, on your lunch break or even on the bus, you'll always find time to practise. Jake is like an ever-present companion who will guide you on your creative journey, with his friendly and practical tone. His lessons build in complexity as you work through the book, starting with the basics of line making and progressing to portraits and landscapes. His clever exercises will help you gain confidence and break you out of old habits as well as encouraging you to see things in a different way and relax. So pick up a pencil and discover the joy of drawing!

Mitchell Beazley

RHS Lessons from Great Gardeners

Matthew Biggs
Authors:
Matthew Biggs

Since its earliest days, the art and science of gardening has been continually transformed and enhanced by great gardeners - men and women whose passion for gardening has driven them to improve and innovate, to overcome challenges and experiment with new ideas. These gardeners have provided inspiration for future generations, as have their gardens, which attract millions of visitors every year. From the greats of yesteryear to the best modern-day practitioners, the gardeners are drawn from throughout history and from around the world. The stories of their life and work are revealed, along with practical hints and tips that unlock the secrets gained from their long years of trial and error. Packed with botanical illustrations of their signature plants, the book also includes stunning photographs of twelve of the world's most iconic gardens, from Jardin Majorelle in Morocco to Sissinghurst in Kent. RHS Lessons from Great Gardeners is a journey through the world of gardening past and present, and a beautifully presented source of inspiration and ideas for all gardeners, great and small.

Cassell

Concrete Canvas

Lee Bofkin
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Lee Bofkin
Mitchell Beazley

Miller's Antiques Marks

Judith Miller
Authors:
Judith Miller

Whether you are buying at auction, flea market or antique shop this is the book you need to identify and date what you find. More than 6,000 marks are organized for quick, at-a-glance reference with full-colour sections on silver, Sheffield plate, bronze figures, ceramics, glass, costume jewellery, toys and dolls.

Design Museum

The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.

Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance editor and writer based in London. She has contributed to Vice, Huffington Post, AnOther magazine and was previously deputy editor at It's Nice That.

Frances Ambler

Frances Ambler is a London-based writer and art historian. She has a special interest in 20th-century design and is the author of Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design and The Story of the Bauhaus. She has worked with museums and galleries across the globe, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Scottish Sculpture Trust.

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Abbie Headon

Abbie Headon is the author of Poetry First Aid Kit and Literary First Aid Kit. She lives in Southsea, Hampshire, where she can often be seen strolling by the seaside with a book (or two!) in her hand.

Bev Speight

Bev Speight is an artist, illustrator, designer and educator who teaches at Middlesex University. She was previously creative director for a major book publisher and, amongst many other clients, has worked extensively on high profile campaigns for the BBC.