1000 Patterns: Design Through the Centuries

1000 Patterns: Design Through the Centuries

by Drusilla Cole, Iain Zaczek, Christine Davis, Alan Bridgewater, Iain Zaczek
     
 
From ancient Celtic carvings to the bold geometrical prints of the 1980s, 1,000 Patterns collects 1,000 designs, showcases them in full color, and tells the story of each. The scrollwork of ancient Greece, the tartans of Scotland, and the eye-popping shapes of op art are just the beginning. This comprehensive presentation offers the best examples from important eras

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From ancient Celtic carvings to the bold geometrical prints of the 1980s, 1,000 Patterns collects 1,000 designs, showcases them in full color, and tells the story of each. The scrollwork of ancient Greece, the tartans of Scotland, and the eye-popping shapes of op art are just the beginning. This comprehensive presentation offers the best examples from important eras throughout the centuries and from every continent. Color plates are paired with expert commentary about the language, history, and artistic movements represented by each, and how these symbols evolved through the ages. Arranged by period and style, it's easy to access both ancient and contemporary decorations at a glance. A handy pattern finder makes it quick work to locate and cross-reference any motif or design in the book. For designers, artists, crafters, and anyone with an interest in art and ornamentation, 1,000 Patterns is a valuable reference and an appealing source of inspiration.

Author Biography: Drusilla Cole is a London-based designer. Since 1988, she has been senior lecturer at the London College of Printing.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two surveys range widely in their coverage of textile arts, which continue to gain ground in both scholarship and popular awareness. In her first book, London designer Cole primarily offers a visual tour. The organization, which works through a general geographic and then chronological arrangement, seems a bit awkward and strained. The page layout is stylish, however, and the colorful illustrations of patterns create a book with a lot of eye appeal. The text mainly consists of captions for each illustration, with a very short introduction for each chapter pulling the themes together. Aimed at lay readers, this book is more comprehensive than Susan Meller and Joost Elffers's Textile Designs, which is nevertheless better organized. Public or academic collections would benefit from having both. Renowned textiles expert and author Schoeser (International Textile Design) has crafted a compact history of textiles for Thames & Hudson's paperback "World of Art" series. Arranged roughly into chronological periods, the book meticulously details technique, materials, and designs and puts them in historical and cultural context. This is truly a fantastic history of textile arts. The pictures are a bit disappointing, smallish and sometimes in black and white. But the text itself is a delight to read and more comprehensive than in other comparable works, such as Textiles: 5,000 Years, edited by Jennifer Harris. Whereas Harris's book is much more visually stunning, Schoeser's is a definitive history, highly readable and intriguing. Highly recommended for all collections.-Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811839792
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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