Treasures for the Artist's
Whether the creative process finds first form with blank canvas
or a landscape focused through a lens, there's no doubt that ideas
are inspired by both creativity and knowledge. But what happens
when your well of inspiration runs dry? It's time to pick up a book
and start reading! You'll find volumes of creative ideas at your
local bookstore, library or favorite online book boutique, along
with ideal guides for artwork preparation and presentation. Here,
we've outlined a few must-have books to get you started.
'A library is thought in cold storage.' ~Herbert
Photography Now, edited by Susan Bright
by Susan Bright (a former curator of the National Portrait Gallery
in London) Art Photography Now surveys the work of 76 of today's
most important photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman,
Jeff Wall, Boris Mikhailov, and Stephen Meisel.
Bright organizes the book into thematic categories--City, Portrait,
Document, Object, Landscape, Fashion and Narrative--and explores
each artist’s work. Though this publication focuses on contemporary
work, the introduction explores the relationship between art and
photography from the early 19th century and its importance today.
Bright includes excellent material on these artistic influences,
with artists' impressions and insight into their own works.
of the Restoration and Conservation of Works of Art,
by Alessandro Conti, translated by Helen Glanville
one of the few books in English about the history of conservation,
this is a priceless resource for conservation professionals, art
academics and art enthusiasts. Focusing on Italian art, this material
translation of historical documentation offers English-speaking
artists, photographers, students and historians new access to real
'buried treasure.' The historical knowledge and philosophies found
here are easily transferable to modern-day restoration and conservation
of Professional Picture Framing Books,
by Vivian Kistler
seven-volume series can serve as the cornerstone of your professional
development collection. A frequent contributor to publications such
as Art World
News, Picture Framing
Magazine, and DECOR
Magazine, Kistler is an expert in the field--she is certified
as a Master Custom Picture Framer by the Professional
Picture Framers Association and has owned/managed her own frame
shop and gallery for more than 20 years. Novices and experts alike
can learn from her comprehensive and informative collection.
Framing, Vol. 1 includes chapters on the history of framing,
cutting & joining wood & metal molding, ordering frames,
cutting glazing, measuring, basic mat cuts, mounting equipment
and methods, color, proportion of frame design, stretching paintings,
conservation, layout of frame shop, and work order processing.
Cutting & Decoration, Vol. 2 guides readers through
the creation of over 50 different mats. The step-by-step instructions
and illustrations are designed to help artists master even the
most elaborate mat construction techniques. Also, this book
is recommended by the Professional Picture Framers Association
as a study guide for the Certified Picture Framers Test.
Needlework, Vol. 3 explores many types of needlework
and fabric framing from cross-stitch wall coverings to rugs and
floor coverings. Although you may not use needlework or fabric
in your current work, this book may be an excellent resource for
inspiration or developing new techniques. This volume is also
recommended reading for the Certified Picture Framers Test.
Framing, Vol. 4 is an exhaustive professional reference
book on the art and science of conservation framing. Subject material
ranges from preventing artwork damage to how to select materials.
The author also provides step-by-step instructions for projects
in watercolors, papyrus, pastels, photographs, skin documents,
and sports cards. If your artwork requires conservation work,
you'll find yourself returning you to this book again and again.
Methods, Vol. 5 starts with mounting basics and works
through the intricacies of wet mounting, pressure-sensitive mounting,
and spray mounting. It also includes information on pricing mounting
services and step-by-step instructions for projects with photographs,
posters, newsprints, rubbings, and fabric. Kistler's handy quick-reference
mounting method chart is a resource bonus.
Photography, Vol. 6 is regarded as a go-to professional
reference guide to framing photography. The volume covers a range
of photographic processes, conservation techniques, mounting methods,
and framing techniques for many types of photographic art. The
most artistic photographers are sure to enjoy many of the 19 projects
explored, such as Building a Glass Box with an Easel for a Card
Photograph, Mounting a Photograph in a Shadowbox with a Three-Dimensional
Object, and Hinged-cover Door Frame.
Collectibles, Vol. 7 is an updated edition of Kistler's
earlier work, and sure to please those who are also art and collectible
enthusiasts. The techniques in this book can be used to frame
over 120 types of collectibles including stamps, toys, clothing,
baseball cards, fossils, and photographs. This book also includes
instructions for building and using a multitude of different shadow
boxes. With Kistler's final guide, turn memories into art!
Just as our selections serve as a collection
of resources for today, your memorable work could be the artwork
collected, studied and treasured for tomorrow.
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