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A Year Of Creativity

  • Hardback
  • £6.99

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  • ISBN: 9781840723328
  • Publication date: 27 Feb 2003
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  • Imprint: Spruce
Ilex Press

Creative Photo Hacks

Imogen Dyer, Mark Wilkinson
Authors:
Imogen Dyer, Mark Wilkinson

Do you ever find yourself walking along aisles full of camera equipment, fingers itching to claim the latest gadget but with your eyes always avoiding the price? It's no secret that photography equipment is expensive. Your dreams may seem bigger than your pockets, but what if you could get the amazing results of professional equipment without parting with your cash? That's what this book is all about. Learn how to cut, stick and glue your way to photography perfection with this collection of ingenious tricks that will transform your photos. Just don't tell the camera salesman.

Ilex Press

Creative Photography

Dan M Lee, Adam Juniper
Authors:
Dan M Lee, Adam Juniper

It's not easy to find a fresh angle on photography, and harder still if you have to meet the needs of demanding clients. Dan M Lee and his team have put together this book of inspiring ideas - and how to pull them off yourself - that professional photographers can use to stand out from the crowd.As well as Dan's own work, this book features interviews with leading professionals in the field, and insights from makeup artist Jerris Ferrer, model Samantha Braga and wedding consultant Mariana Martinis.

Ilex Press

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.

Hamlyn

Weber's Greatest Hits

Jamie Purviance
Authors:
Jamie Purviance
Aster

Dreams

Tree Carr
Authors:
Tree Carr
Mitchell Beazley

Creative Vegetable Gardening

Joy Larkcom
Authors:
Joy Larkcom

'Larkcom is a marvellous grower and writer, and so inspirational. This book not only offers her many years of wisdom on how to grow edible plants, but also shows many ways of doing so as beautifully as possible.' Monty Don, Daily MailJoy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager - formal, informal, small, urban and winter - add to the wealth of inspirational information.

Aster

Thinking on My Feet

Kate Humble
Authors:
Kate Humble

** SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDWARD STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARD - TRAVEL MEMOIR OF THE YEAR **A lovely, civilised and transporting read, that should have all of us stepping out to meet the world with fresh eyes.' - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall'An enticing read that makes every walk Humble describes an adventure' - Ranulph Fiennes'A beautiful and magnificent book. A paean to a simple act. I defy you to read this book and not be inspired to walk, march or hike - and as a result live a better life more connected with nature and the world around you.' - Simon Reeve'A lovely book, fast-flowing yet at every turn giving the reader pause for thought. Kate Humble makes a delightful companion, her words full of sunshine and the raw pleasure she radiates as she encounters life in its many unexpected forms.' - Benedict Allen'I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.' - Kate HumbleThinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate's inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout - capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows - and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.Also featured are Kate's walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other - the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting; the man who takes people battling with addiction to climb mountains; the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.This book will inspire you to change your perspective by applying walking to your daily endeavours.*PRAISE FOR THINKING ON MY FEET *'A diary of sorts, charting a year of wonderful walks through the sun, wind and rain...each entry builds an image of her life in the great outdoors...it sounds idyllic to say the least.' - Sunday Express, S Magazine'These are 365 days of inspiration to get out and, sometimes literally, smell the flowers.' - Wanderlust Magazine'Humble's book about going for a walk can inspire absolutely anyone to make a change. Because all you have to do is step outside the front door.' - Waitrose Weekend'Witty, enlightening and often startlingly profound' - Country Walking Magazine

Cassell

Uncovered

Ian Birch
Authors:
Ian Birch

Uncovered is an oral history of the stories behind the most ground-breaking and controversial magazine covers ever published, as told by the people who created them. Compiled by industry veteran Ian Birch, Uncovered gathers together the insights of the magazine world's most important figures, including high-profile editors, creative directors, photographers, artists and cover stars. Featuring compelling and shocking covers from Vogue, Life, Esquire, The New Yorker, i-D, The Face, Private Eye, Time, Rolling Stone and many more, covering issues as varied as the civil rights movement and Vietnam war to the Trump presidency and Brexit debate, this is a unique social document celebrating and chronicling the art of magazine design.

Aster

Four-Legged Therapy

Four- Legged Therapy is a delightfully illustrated collection of ten stories that recognise the therapeutic value of having animals in our lives. A charming exploration of how pets can support our minds and bodies in everyday life. From grumpy cats, fat dogs and muddy ducks to goats in a classroom and rescue-hens in a care home, this book recognises animals as the unsung heroes that save lives and make life worth living. Animals offer companionship, love and fun. They teach us the gift of kindness and acceptance. They can connect us to the world, slow down time and sharpen our senses in a kind of informal meditation. They can be good listeners, offering reassurance and devotion that steadies our self-esteem. They ask us for routine and consistency, to show a kind of resilience that is good for us."Your dog's utter faith in your humanity will make you feel like more and more of a human, every day"- Caroline O'Donoghue, author of 'Promising Young Women', shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards writing about the joy of unconditional from her Jack-Russell terrier, Sylvie. "I feel as if I've been permitted a glimpse into the wonder at the very heart of life, led there by my dog" - Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, author of Things My Dog Has Taught Me: About being a better human.

Kyle Books

Paper Poetry

Helene Bendix, Simone Bendix
Authors:
Helene Bendix, Simone Bendix

In a world of screens and smartphones, there is something beautifully tangible and tactile about taking a piece of paper and cutting into it with a pair of scissors. With just a few folds and snips, an old shopping list can be transformed into a fluttering butterfly or a shooting star. Let your imagination run wild and bring fairy tales to life as you turn old books into hot air balloons and angels, or give new life to yesterday's newspaper as a garland of pretty hearts.Twins Helene and Simone have been papercutting for years, and between them have created a whole world of whimsical designs. In this delightful book, they share this magical skill with you - and the best part is, it's simple, creative and practically free. All you need is a pair of scissors and some scrap paper - no scalpel, no cutting mat, no complicated templates. With beautiful photography by Ben Nason, Helene and Simone's mindful approach embraces imperfection and opens up your creativity, helping you develop your own designs and ideas. Whether you want to cut a bouquet of flowers from old shopping receipts or transform discarded wrapping paper into Christmas decorations, this book is sure to delight and inspire.

Ilex Press

Bullet Grid Journal: Floral

Ilex Press

Bullet Grid Journal: Abstract

Ilex Press

Bullet Grid Journal: Geometric

Ilex Press

Forty Ways to Write I Love You

Lana Hughes
Authors:
Lana Hughes

Learn 40 creative hand-lettering styles. Starting with an overview of necessary materials and a brief introduction to the art of typography, you will master a huge range of modern calligraphy styles. Easy to follow step-by-steps will teach you how to use frames, borders, shapes, banners, and other decorative flourishes to enhance your penmanship. Practise pages accompanying each style invite you to try out your newfound lettering skills. This lettering book has one major difference: Each unique design says 'I Love You' in a different language.

Ilex Press

If You're Bored With Your Camera Read This Book

Demetrius Fordham
Authors:
Demetrius Fordham

You know photography, don't you? Nice group pictures, tasteful landscapes, perhaps a filter from an app on your phone. Conventional, easy to manage, inoffensive, boring...right?WRONG! In this book you'll find inspiring ideas and genuinely different techniques that you can use to capture anything, from artistic portraits, through to stunning street photography and unusual aboreals. This book will open your eyes, and your lens cap, to new ideas.Topics include:Put Down Your CameraForget the RulesCreative Shooting ExercisesGo Back to Basics

Ilex Press

Stop Look Breathe Create

Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
Authors:
Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
Aster

Pause

Danielle Marchant
Authors:
Danielle Marchant

"Danielle Marchant is a beguiling leader - a refreshing mix of pragmatic and soulful. She facilitates with a light hand and an engaged heart" Queen of RetreatsPause is an important message ready to be heard.We check our phones an average of 221 times a day, we have apps that help us sleep and remind us to be mindful while we secretly measure our success in 'likes'. Time is our luxury and yet with technology we are never able to leave the office, even when we aren't there. The fear of missing out makes us rush from one thing to the next, not really taking any of it in. Pause allows you to finally put yourself, your feelings and your intuition first. Learning to say no, doing the things that make you feel good, and not doing the things that don't make you feel good - these are not self indulgent, listening to your own heart and wisdom doesn't make you selfish, slowing down to appreciate your life isn't lazy or unambitious. It is an ancient message, but still just as strong; when you pause to take care of yourself and your own life, you become the person you're meant to be. This book gives you the space and the practices so that you can learn how to benefit from the power of the pause. It uses nature, creativity and your inner spirit to allow the energy to flow freely once again. There are exercises to ground you, give access to your intuition, to breathe deeply and allow your monkey mind to settle. It gives you time to explore what is big in your life right now, to know deep down what matters. It opens you up, allowing you to freely experience all the pain, the joy and the twists and turns of life. It gives you back your courage, your fire and your connection.

Mitchell Beazley

Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi

Kirsten Kearney, Will Freeman
Authors:
Kirsten Kearney, Will Freeman

Foreword by the co-founder of Raspberry Pi FoundationDiscover the ultimate possibilities of Raspberry Pi with this friendly and accessible book, written by two experts in tech and computer games. With no complicated language and no coding skills required, this book gets straight to the fun and inspiring things you can do with your Raspberry Pi.Step-by-step instructionsTips from master Pi engineersFeatures inspiring projects in full colourExplore the best inventions ever made using Raspberry PiCreate anything you can think of, from video games and robots to artLearn to perform scientific experimentsProjects sourced from the greatest makers in the world are accompanied by 'inspired-by' projects that even a novice could make. Every project includes a web link to pick up extra apps and coding.

Ilex Press

If You're Bored With WATERCOLOUR Read This Book

Veronica Ballart Lilja
Authors:
Veronica Ballart Lilja

Are you bored of painting tasteful landscapes, light seascapes and delicate still-lifes? Or are you labouring under the misconception that that is simply all watercolour is good for? Maybe you're so bored of looking at watercolour paintings that you've never even tried it! Whether you're at the beginning of your artistic journey, stuck in a rut and in desperate need of some inspiration or simply looking to improve your skills with watercolour, this book is sure to awaken your creativity. Stimulate your artistic minds and open your paint boxes to a whole new realm of possibility, using things like bleach, salt and combs - yes, the thing you'd ordinarily use to brush your hair with - to create exciting results.Professional fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja shares a wealth of new techniques based on her years of working with the medium that will open up watercolour for beginners, and encourage experts to stray from their more traditional methods. Jam packed with fresh ideas, adventurous tips and techniques, detailed theory and engaging exercises, this book allows you to develop and practise your skills in a free and expressive way.

Conran

Fifty Men's Fashion Icons that Changed the World

Dan Jones
Authors:
Dan Jones

Painfully cool and instantly recognisable, the 50 style trailblazers in this collection used fashion to attract attention, gain influence, express themselves and make powerful statements. From Fred Astaire to Prince, Marlon Brando to Bob Dylan, JFK to Fred Perry, this book covers the looks and stories of politicians and actors, musicians and designers. With stunning photography, this book is the perfect gift for fashionistas, design students, and anyone who loves good style!