Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Always judge a book by it's cover!...

After the beauty of my new Mina Perhonen books, I decided to dig out some others that inspire me. I am trying to get myself in a good 'design' place, so that I will be like an open book (haha) when I go away..so as to find lots of inspiration, and kind of know what I want to do with it once found. The book above (more a catalogue really) is from an exhibition held at the Crafts Council gallery in London in 2002 Home Made Holland . It really was wonderful, and opened my eyes to the beautiful, and wonderful work being produced 'up there' which all has such a beautifully considered and other worldly quality..much like Japanese art and design (almost similar I think..). This work by Kim Van Leuken really amazed me...the shapes and forms she creates with horse hair in lace like the finest scratchy pencil line...*Mmmmm*... here is another garment by Kim..such beauty!

It is odd how one develops a liking for an aesthetic that is unique to a specific ethnographic. I am really drawn to design from the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan. These also happen to be the places I really do most want to travel...If I was given lots of moolah right now..I would book a ticket to Delft (to see the girl with the pearl earring, by Vermeer), then to Stockholm and Gothenburg...and then to Kyoto. *ahhh to dream*

Oh, and yes..in reference to the 'Title' of this post...I honestly think a GREAT cover very often means a great book, and I for one am a sucker for them! Just wait till I show you the fabric covered Japanese Textile one tomorrow!

I am off now to cook a little fillet steak, with a salad for my dinner..all under the umbrella of looking after myself to get rid of this stinker of a cold you see ;) ! Thanks so much for all the well wishes yesterday!
hugs, Xox

6 comments:

lisa said...

ooooh, i want this catalogue. so amazing. i am on the hunt. and i am so with you about going to sweden and kyoto. altho i would also go to tokyo and copenhagen.

Abigail said...

Oh yes..there too!!! I am not sure if you can still get this catalogue?..if you hit a brick wall with hunting it down, let me know and I will have a look in the crafts council shop when I am down in early May :)

Abigail said...

wierd things with blogger this eve..sorry if it's causing anyone problems!! :)

lisa s said...

oh we have such similar tastes my friend.... that catalogue is AMAZING!! [can you look for 2??]

i was having problems, but now it seems to work????

xoxo

sharon whyte said...

oh everything in your post today is so true! the design traditions from these areas just seem to 'get to the point' somehow in the most ethereal yet practical ways.

the pages you have shown from the catalogue look so enticing! and yes i always judge books by their covers, and music too - i discovered much of the music and authors etc that i still love and treasure so much today by doing this when i was a kid.

mmm, lots of lovely things to think about - thanks abigail :)

Lena said...

ohhh, those places are at the top of my dream list to visit too... i've had such an itch to travel recently, but it's not really possible now (just bought a house, big mortgage payments)... i think it's knowing that i can't that is making me want to so much!!

i was happy to see you bought the mina perhonen book! isn't it the most wonderful collection of patterns? i want to go back and order the embroidery one.

happy friday...