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A vivid survey of over forty contemporary Australian abstract painters by curator and bestselling author Amber Creswell Bell. There is no single neat definition of abstract art. It makes no attempt to represent reality; instead it has its own visual language using shape, colour and form with no rules. An explosion of creative expression and gestural force, Australian Abstract explores the constantly evolving genre and how it offers unparalleled artistic freedom, inviting deeply personal connection and interpretation from both artist and viewer. Works often straddle a mid-point between recognition and the sensed experience through the materiality of paint encompassing a pastiche of styles. Drawing on extensive interviews Amber Creswell Bell examines the diverse practices of more than forty contemporary abstract painters, documenting a repertoire of styles, subjects, visions and philosophies. Some compare abstract art to music, particularly jazz; others are inspired by nature, science and geometry; and some simply relish the opportunity to express complex emotions in a way words cannot. What unites these extraordinary artists, however, is the conviction that this form of expression chose them.
From clay to kiln and all the techniques in-between, this book is an exploration into the techniques and processes of over forty-five working ceramicists. Earth and fire represent the two elements that produce a ceramic object. Without the other they are simply components; together they create both practical objects and pieces of art. Working as both primer and inspiration, Earth & Fire explores the techniques, practices and tools of over forty-five working ceramicists. Creating everything from wood-fired and fine porcelain wares; sculptured vases; everyday cups, bowls, and plates; to jewelry and wall pieces, these artists work in a wide range of styles and mediums to create their ceramics. Although the methods vary, the overall sentiment is that the earth and fire that the artists use to make their objects are the ultimate masters. Just when they think they know one thing, the clay, glaze and heat will teach them another. There will always be more to learn. Working with clay is, quite simply, humbling. Written and compiled by Kylie Johnson and Tiffany Johnson, Earth & Fire captures the diverse beauty and utility of ceramics, demonstrating that clay doesn¿t just get under your fingernails: it gets under your skin.
A gorgeous showcase of twenty-eight female Australian surfers from Tasmania to Noosa. The women of Surf Life are strong, independent, and resilient - incredible surfers who live, work, and create on the coast. They are connected to their community and well-respected in their fields. Surf Life interviews twenty-eight women, spanning from Tasmania to Noosa. It features famous surfers, including longboard champion and environmental activist Belinda Baggs; professional surfer Lucy Small, co-creator of the Equal Pay for Equal Play campaign; and popular surfing podcaster Lauren Hill. Here yoüll learn about their lives by the sea, their experiences learning to surf, how surfing influences their creative processes, advice to new surfers, and what they fear about surfing (no, it¿s not just sharks). Surf Life also explores the relationship between motherhood and surfing: to surf or not surf while pregnant, the desire for your children to surf with you, the bonding that it can bring, and the long car rides. With stunning photography and in-depth interviews, Surf Life showcases these women¿s creativity and coastal lifestyle. It offers inspiration and escapism for those living in cities, dreaming of crashing waves and blue skies, and is perfect for those who have taken up surfing and love being in the water.
Combining decades of ethnographic research with newly commissioned photography, this is a celebration of the lives of ethnic-minority groups in China. Aesthetic influences drawn from China have long resonated throughout Western art, design and thought. China Adorned challenges the monolithic idea of ?Chinese' culture and fashion, turning the lens on the rich clothing traditions of the country's ethnic-minority peoples. Drawing on more than three decades of research by cultural anthropologist Professor Qiyao Deng, the book documents and demystifies the customs and rituals of more than thirty minority peoples through their clothing and accessories. Deng's never-before-published archival photos sit alongside contemporary imagery by photographer Cat Vinton that showcases fabrics, jewelry and the surrounding landscapes, helping readers to better understand the deep connections between people, place, ritual and adornment. Contributor essays delve further into textiles and techniques, the role of the artisan and the extraordinary resilience of material cultures that face disappearance, offering a timely reminder of the importance of preserving these traditions for generations to come.
Grow your garden to fill your pantry with bottled fruit, fermented vegetables and over 40 sorts of preserved and dried home-grown food. The Preserving Garden is a stylishly illustrated guide to creating a garden that will provide food all year round. Featuring over 40 plant profiles with growing notes for starting or improving your garden, you will learn how to make a vegetable patch or small orchard in any space ¿ including where to begin, when to plant and how to care for your garden. The book includes scalable, easy-to-follow recipes and techniques for chutneys, relishes, jams, jellies, marmalades, bottling and drying. Make the most of your home-grown produce throughout the year by pureeing tomatoes for sauces, fermenting your cabbage for sauerkraut, drying your cherries to use in muffins and much more. When you are using fruit or vegetables grown in your own yard or allotment (or simply in pots) you are reducing food miles, waste, plastic use and reclaiming control over what goes into the food you eat ¿ all very contemporary concerns addressed by long-established practices. Offering a joyful reinterpretation of cookery illustration, this book is an inspiring and practical gift for the food enthusiast, whatever their local growing conditions.
Piece together the artists, artworks and surroundings that bring Frida Kahlös world to life in this colourful 1000-piece puzzle. A Mexican fiesta awaits in the garden at Casa Azul, but only if you can make it past some spider monkeys, hairless dogs, a fawn and an Amazonian parrot. Join Frida (and Frida and Frida), along with Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky and a trio of powerful women ¿ Josephine Baker, Georgia O¿Keeffe and Jacqueline Lamba ¿ as you piece together the artists, artworks and surroundings that bring Frida Kahlös passionate story to life. Do you know why Frida wore long colourful skirts? Or why she often claimed to be three years younger than she was? The answers to all these questions, along with 23 other insightful Frida-facts, have been printed on the inside lid of the puzzle. Brace yourself for one of the most iconic, most interesting artist stories in history as you take up the challenge of this 1000-piece puzzle.
Tamara Dean's photography deftly explores the undercurrents of the human condition. Tamara Dean's symbolically charged compositions of contemplative stillness and explosive action see humans intimately immersed in their surroundings: submerged in water, enmeshed in undergrowth, leaping from rockfaces. Exploratory and ethereal, laden with risk and chance and adventure, her images reveal the complex inter-relationships inherent in contemporary rites of passage and our connection to nature. This book, her first published monograph, is both a retrospective of Dean's work to date and a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with her practice. Organised chronologically by series, each introduced with a brief text by the artist, it will give readers an insight into the evolution of her work and the themes and motifs that have featured throughout her career.
A showcase of the most innovative examples of Queensland¿s subtropical architecture. Imagine being in a home designed for a sun-drenched lifestyle ¿ a dwelling so attuned to its setting and occupants that it effortlessly adapts to the climate and allows outdoor living all year round. This richly illustrated book takes the reader on an immersive journey through Queensland¿s most exciting, contemporary architect-designed houses. New Queensland Home presents 28 awe-inspiring homes from the past decade, describing the architectural atmosphere in the early 21st century and exemplifying the ideas, teaching and buildings that have shaped the state¿s residential architecture. Visit glamorous hilltop villas that are a stage set for a splendid tropical lifestyle; go inside the most hospitable family homes in the relaxed garden suburbs; and revel in the perfect requirements for architectural escapism in pristine, remote locations. This illuminating book showcases Queensland¿s adventurous and globally acclaimed residential architecture, exploring the integral part it plays in the rich cultural heritage and exciting future of the state. Not only does it present aspirational homes, it also offers replicable models for regionally and environmentally sensitive architecture across the world.
Surveys 20 of Tasmania's most spectacular and innovative homes. From restored historical residences to contemporary, experimental masterpieces, the Tasmanian landscape is dotted with spectacular and innovative homes. Here, their inhabitants reveal how they stumbled upon their island properties. They share their journeys to discovering rich, lesser-known Tasmanian treasures, acknowledging its dark history, and embracing an ever-so-slightly `off the grid¿ lifestyle. Tasmanian Living observes slow, sustainable living in Australiäs southernmost region, showcasing architectural flair, reverence to style and design, passion for local community, and the integration of history and culture in contemporary homemaking practices. Marita Bullock and Joan-Maree Hargreaves breathe new life into Australiäs southern island, as they celebrate the homeowners that have transformed the humble Tasmanian residence into a visual feast for readers ¿ and visitors ¿ alike.
A vividly illustrated, easy-to-read history of the Australian Aboriginal art movement from remote Australia. The artworks of Aboriginal Australian peoples are a profoundly important repository of knowledge and reflect a deep connection to Country. This visually rich survey explores the evolution of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement in remote areas of Australia across twenty-nine art centres in five states from the Kimberley through to Arnhem Land and beyond. Featuring profiles of 100 artists, this unparalleled work provides valuable insight into Knowledges and Traditions, while highlighting the achievements of each unique artist ¿ all recognised as among the most distinguished painters from remote Australia. Author Marie Geissler¿s opening essay traces the progression from rock art through to the launch of the Western desert movement, which began at Papunya in the early 1970s and led to the widespread uptake of contemporary painting by Aboriginal artists. Esteemed writers Margot Neale and Djon Mundine offer erudite contributions distilling the complexity of the art movement and its impact. Dreaming the Land is an authoritative reference that offers readers around the world a valuable introduction to Aboriginal culture and the stories that underpin the paintings.
An updated edition of the definitive guide to Australian Indigenous architecture, richly illustrated with rare photographs. Here is the definitive guide to Australian Indigenous architecture, comprehensively updated to showcase the flourishing Indigenous design practices reshaping Australia's architectural landscape. The award-winning Gunyah Goondie + Wurley: The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia is the only continental survey of this country's First Nations' innovative architecture. It explores the range and complexity of Indigenous-designed structures and spaces, from minimalist shelters to semi-permanent houses and villages, debunking false perceptions of early Aboriginal constructions and settlements. Built on decades of research and field work and richly illustrated with rare photographs, Gunyah Goondie + Wurley offers insight into the lifestyles and cultural heritage of Australia's Indigenous peoples, and how they combine to have a dynamic influence on this country.
A beautifully illustrated survey of the award-winning Sydney-based design practice Arent & Pyke. From the bedroom to the bathroom, the kitchen to the laundry, each room of the home should make you feel. Creating authentic, meaningful spaces full of verve and vitality that lift the spirit and nurture the soul, Arent & Pyke is a renowned design practice with a focus on the dynamic, spirited, colourful and very personal appeal of real-life spaces. Exploring each room of the house, founders of Arent & Pyke, Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, review eighteen of their favourite projects to explain their design philosophies, how they approach each house and why your home should still feel like your own, no matter the hands and minds that have helped to shape it. Featuring stylish and contemporary photography, this book illustrates Arent & Pyke's deep understanding of the psychology of space and demonstrates how a well-designed home can enrich your life.
The first and only book to showcase a complete sartorial history of the Oscars' red carpet. The red carpet is so much more than fabulous gowns on famous people. It reflects the styles and values of the time, and has become a platform for often trenchant social statements. Red Carpet: Oscars presents over ninety years of fashion worn at the awards ceremony since its inception in 1929. From ready-to-wear to haute couture, it charts what stars and invitees wore across the decades, as well as the emergence of stylists, the commercialization of the red carpet and how fashion has shaped Hollywood. The book opens with a foreword by Cate Blanchett and an introduction by Giorgio Armani, and then goes on to showcase hundreds of looks across almost a century. Each year is introduced with a short text explaining the era's fashion trends as well as the social and political influences of the day, along with carefully curated images of the most iconic and inspiring outfits.
A heartbreaking and heart-warming story of the sacrifices parents make for their children, by CBCA New Illustrator of the Year 2021. One boy's parents travel from far-off lands to improve their son's life. But what happens next is unexpected. What does it mean when your parents are different? What shape does love take? And what happens when your parents sacrifice a part of themselves for you? In this heartbreaking and heart-warming story, CBCA award-winner Zeno Sworder reflects on his own migrant parents' sacrifices to create a universal story about what it means to give to those you love. Drawing from the sacrifices his Chinese mother made to raise her young family in a small country town, Sworder's drawings are full of beautiful detail and fairytale settings that explore his own journey from child to parent. With humour and pathos, Sworder reflects on the strange nature of giving and receiving love and celebrates those parents who embrace a hard life for themselves in the hope of a better life from their children. Full of depth and generosity as well as insight and candour, Sworder brings this gorgeous fable to life.
An inspiring collection of homes made from salvaged and repurposed materials showcasing design ingenuity and award-winning architecture from across the globe. Bricks can be cleaned, timber hardens with age and metal develops a pleasing patina without deteriorating, making them all perfect for reuse. Yet every day more building materials are being manufactured from virgin resources. This inspiring book focuses on contemporary homes made with reused components or materials that might once have been considered waste. Divided into four key categories - brick, timber, metal and a range of materials constituted from waste - every home showcases design ingenuity and award-winning architecture. Featuring 24 unique houses and apartments, from a barn-inspired house made entirely with reclaimed bricks to a semi-detached Edwardian with recycled benchtops and cabinets made from plastic chopping boards and bottle tops, every project shows what can be achieved with creativity and flair as clever design becomes more closely aligned with ethics and sustainability. With advice on how to source existing resources and support a circular economy, Reclaimed is a valuable guide for anyone planning to build or renovate a stylish new home.
An artfully illustrated compendium of edible plants with simple, practical techniques and recipes for the home gardener/cook. Focusing on plants destined for the dinner plate, The Kitchen Garden is an illustrated guide to growing edible plants from sowing to harvesting. Learn when to sow, what to grow and how to make your delicious harvest into a meal. The book features fifty-five plant profiles ranging from the everyday to unique. Each profile is illustrated and has an easy-to-comprehend table detailing the most important information: when to sow and harvest; growing time; space needed between plants; optimal soil pH; whether the plant will tolerate pots and frost; and their companions and dislikes. A planting chart summarising the most useful information from the plant profiles is also included, along with guidance on the different climate zones and how best to start your kitchen garden. With an emphasis on seasons rather than months, the book is a beautiful and practical gift for a garden enthusiast, whether they live in the northern or southern hemisphere.