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Artists are increasingly using doll-like human effigies to explore politics and gender in contemporary culture, ranging from radical statement to sophisticated critique. Play with Me showcases this appeal of animating the inanimate as well as the multifarious and fascinating ideas that dolls bring to life—from the way female forms have been objectified to the way dolls generate ethical and pol... read more
Welcome to the Glump — A world of hilarity and fantasy await.Book 1 of the Stormbringer trilogy.Squall is the youngest son of the Steampipe family that live down in the heart of Squirm Hollow. Squall is sent headlong into an unexpected adventure as he becomes the unlikely owner of the spark, also pursued by the evil wizard Finka, and Lord Cesspit, who hopes to heal himself of affliction and hi... read more
Love, Sick Puppy is a darkly comic insight into the troubled mind of protagonist Oliver Danbrook. Financially privileged, well heeled and a self proclaimed 9/10 in the looks department. This pup should be coasting through life, but he's damaged goods and things are spiralling out of control. Tormented by his past and fixated on their future, Oliver has a deadline to hit and a desire to execute... read more
This beautiful book brings together 300 of the best architectural drawings from the last century by the world's most prestigious architects, creating both a history of the genre and a survey of twentieth-century architecture.The book is divided into five chronological sections that are prefaced by short essays that highlight the trends and styles of that period. Each drawing is captioned with ... read more
A modern-day bestiary of the most incredible animals the world has ever seen―with 200 full-color illustrations Our planet is a writhing mass of wondrous life, positively popping at the seams with peculiar creatures. Life has wriggled its way into every conceivable nook and cranny, and nature has belched out organisms into even the most inhospitable environments. A Beastly Menagerie is a compen... read more
This is an amazing insight into the events of World War II through the eyes of those who fought against the Allied forces in all theatres of the war. It features many previously unpublished accounts of the war from German and Japanese soldiers, civilians and military leaders. It covers every major arena of the war: Europe; the German invasion of Russia; Rommel's Afrika Korps; and the Pacific w... read more
Places the histories of Japan, China and Korea in a global as well as regional perspective. Modern East Asia details the history of the region while recognizing the intellectual, religious, artistic, economic and scientific contributions East Asians have made to the contemporary world. The three national narratives of China, Japan and Korea are told separately within each chapter, and the text... read more
Marty is a pickpocket, the only fish in the very small pond he's dug for himself. When an old friend reappears and lets him in on a job, promising an entry to a big money world, Marty agrees to make the jump. What his friend didn’t tell him is that their boss is deranged, and if the job doesn’t go smoothly, it’s Marty who will get the blame. And things don’t always go smoothly…
This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerl... read more
Without light, interior architecture cannot be fully designed and experienced. It is one of the key tools for an interior designer, but can be a dauntingly technical subject for students. This book takes a detailed, practical look at lighting in interior design, giving students all the key information and skills they need to be able to tackle lighting successfully in their designs.
An ancient art with a contemporary edge. Treat yourself to an inspiring adventure that begins the moment you open Creative Paper Cutting by artist Cheong-ah Hwang. You’ll find yourself immersed in the fantastical world of paper cutting: the delicate craft of creating original, intricate artworks by folding, layering, and snipping beautifully textured papers into amazing designs. 15 projects to... read more
Here is the definitive illustrated reference to soapbox cars, buggies, and go-carts-complete with blueprints for turning these fun rides into reality.Whether building from a kit or starting from scratch, carting enthusiasts will find step-by-step guidance for 10 advanced projects, along with the key elements of design and construction: different brakes and bumpers, forms of propulsion, and ste... read more
Released as a paperback in November 2016, Fused quickly received critical acclaim in America gaining 5 Star reviews from influential reviewers. Readers Views referred to it as ‘stunning’ and ‘one of the best books that I have reviewed that truly shows personal experience’, Readers Favorites referred to it as ‘an inspiring and illuminating work’, while SPR said ‘Fused is a powerful reminder tha... read more
Semiotics is the theory of signs, and reading signs is a part of everyday life: from road signs that point to a destination, to smoke that warns of fire, to the symbols buried within art and literature. Semiotic theory can, however, appear mysterious and impenetrable. This introductory book decodes that mystery using visual examples instead of abstract theory. This new edition features an expa... read more
While fundamentally a design discipline, architectural education requires an element of history and theory, grouped under the term ‘research’. However, many students struggle with this part of their course. This practical handbook provides the necessary grounding in this subject, addressing essential questions about what research in architecture can be.The first part of the book is a general g... read more
Noted for its vivid colors, elaborate use of symbols, and dedication to close observation of the natural world, the work of Pre-Raphaelite artists combines a deep engagement with the past and a modern realism that exemplifies the concerns of the age of steam travel. In Reading the Pre-Raphaelites, author Tim Barringer draws on an imaginative selection of paintings, drawings, and photographs to... read more
This book takes readers behind the scenes in the world of advertising, showcasing 30 phenomenally successful campaigns from the last decade. Fascinating not only for industry professionals but for anyone with an interest in how ads are made.Technical information on how the ads were developed is accompanied by anecdotes from the creatives, directors and clients, with accounts of how the ads wer... read more
If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There's a whole universe staring back at you. In the company of Felicity the cat, discover the phases of the moon, the constellations, and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way.This beautiful, fun book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky and show you the stars like you've never seen them before.
It's long been an accepted, almost celebrated, fact of the creative industries that long hours, chaotic workflows, and egotistical colleagues are just the price you pay to produce great work. In fact, this toxic culture is the enemy of creativity, and with greater accountability and transparency in the industry--and more choice for young talent--than ever before, this unsustainable way of doin... read more
This book demystifies the writing process, empowering you to write your own novel or short story. The author explains expert technique in a clear and jargon-free way, with examples from the fifty greatest writers of our time. For aspiring writers of all ages and abilities, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer will motivate and strengthen your writing talent.
Val Garland, the fashion industry's leading makeup artist, explores her career highlights and the inspiration behind her most memorable work. She talks for the first time about working with cultural icons including Kate Moss, Edward Enninful, Nick Knight, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and more.Structured around key themes from Val's work, from raw to color chaos, sexy to savage, the book i... read more
From the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Supertramp, you’ll love this stroll down memory lane!From singer-songwriters like Billy Joel and the Bee Gees to folk artists like John Denver and James Taylor to the rock legends Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, you won’t find a more complete list of albums that defines the '70s music scene. Each listing features the full-color, original sleeve artwork, and is pa... read more
From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age skills to joyful outdoor play, Forest School Adventure is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings. The book is divided into four sections―bushcraft, wild food, nature awareness, and games. Learn how to: light a fire without matches build a shelter to sleep in cook on a fire hunt for bugs and much m... read more
Typically, great thinkers have been included in encyclopedic works on the basis of reputation and historic influence. The School of Life takes a different approach, focusing instead on the thinkers whose ideas are the most helpful to our lives now. This is a collection of sixty of the most important and most useful ideas of Eastern and Western culture. The focus of this book is to present some... read more
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Freelance copyeditor and proofreader offering 25 years of experience in scientific and educational publishing
I read with an eye to the details of grammar and style but also give constructive support as the author brings ideas and characters to life.