As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! February 25, 2015
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Every year one individual seems to stand out from the rest -- captivating our interest and admiration. In 2008 it was Luba Lukova; in 2010 it was Jessica Hische; ten years ago it was Nena Anderson -- there are many others, and they all have one thing in common. Beside their extraordinary talent they share a unique perspective of vision along with an entrepreneurial spirit that takes them to the top of their field! Lois van Baarle epitomizes those qualities -- and is our Designing Woman for March 2015! February 25, 2015
March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past twenty years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 20th Annual Designing Women edition surf 1 :
- UN Women ad series reveals widespread sexism
- Hallie McGee ~ Designer + Creative
- How the Media Failed Women in 2013
- Nicoz Balboa: Magical Mystery Wood
- Anita Wasik : Divine Vision
- Liz Clements : the fine pen
- Three Designing Women
- Luci Gutiérrez
- Ena Cardenal
- ... and more to come!
In time for spring is this collection of art files you can download for fun, learning or even creative idea starters! The sample files -- all nicely drawn! All these come from the superb Dover books, and all of these are very inexpensive books! Have fun, happy Easter! February 24, 2015
It's winter, and many places around the world are being covered by snow. In parts of the North American continent, they're being covered with blanket after blanket after blanket of record-breaking snowfall. Many places turn that event into a fun event by building snow sculptures. February 17, 2015
The movie "The Terminator" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was probably the first to really bring the concept of the cyborg to the forefront. There had been others, but none really as compelling as that famous series. The movie's creator James Cameron probably never suspected that his film in 1984 would spawn a generation of cyborg fans -- still very much alive 30 years later! February 2, 2015
Thirty years later, there's still an obsession with blurring the lines between man and machine. Here is a walk through 25 illustrations where the artist visualizes a merger of human and machine ... or machines that immitate humans, or humans which have been modified with machine parts . . . very often called cyborgs, or Borgs. Enjoy February 2, 2015
What little girl has not dreamed of becoming a princess ... or the Dutchess -- and what little boy hasn't dreamed of becoming the Prince, or even the King of England. Well, these paper dolls and coloring books aren't just about kids. They're a good source of creative ideas for fashion and heraldery! See full size samples from : KATE: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Kings and Queens of England Diana, Princess of Wales: The Charity Auction Dresses January 5, 2015
From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány November 30, 2014
There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:
- Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
- Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
- Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
- Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
- Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
- Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
- Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
- ... and more!