Fairie-ality Style: A Sourcebook of Inspirations from Nature

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The beauty of these fanciful creations will take your breath away — and inspire you to bring the colors and textures of nature into your own home.

Photographer David Ellwand’s eye for natural beauty has brought him international renown. In this stunning new volume, a follow-up to FAIRIE-ALITY: THE FASHION COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF ELLWAND, he uses the same gorgeous array of natural elements — feathers, flowers, stones, shells, and more — to explore the limits of imagination ...

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Overview

The beauty of these fanciful creations will take your breath away — and inspire you to bring the colors and textures of nature into your own home.

Photographer David Ellwand’s eye for natural beauty has brought him international renown. In this stunning new volume, a follow-up to FAIRIE-ALITY: THE FASHION COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF ELLWAND, he uses the same gorgeous array of natural elements — feathers, flowers, stones, shells, and more — to explore the limits of imagination in home design as well as haute couture. Partly an inspirational sourcebook for imaginative DIY projects, partly a showcase of unique fantasy fashion, FAIRIE-ALITY STYLE is an eco-designer’s dream — the ultimate exploration of truly organic materials.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Featuring fantastic photography and incredibly saturated colors in a dazzling array of designs, Ellwand has created another tour-de-force in the series that began with Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand. This superb photographer shares images that encompass the four seasons in a multitude of eco-systems, from the sea shore to the depths of the forest. The book jacket's brief description of his intentions leaves the reader to explore the visual masterpiece unencumbered by text or imposed expectations. Each page is a treasure worthy of being framed for contemplation as a stand-alone piece of art. As a whole, the book is an unending source of pure pleasure, plunging the viewer into colors, shapes and designs so completely as to give a sense of having visited an unknown land—yet, everything in the book is part of our own very real, very beautiful world. Ellwand's fabulous creativity comes through in every layout. From the fashions made of feathers to the furniture crafted from bits and pieces of woodland produce to the miniature sets made of sea shells and ocean "finds," all of the images inspire the visitor to rethink one's own attitude toward sights found in one's everyday surroundings. Inserted between and alongside various color combinations are color swatches of the pallets shown in the pictures. Incredible attention to detail is evident as the swatches for the curvaceous images are shown in circles (instead of the more usual squares). Many of the photographs are scenes straight from nature, revealing incredible beauty in even the most simple of settings. Viewing the page featuring the open beaks of two squawking baby birds in an intricately woven nest, one can almost hear the demands for food. Photography can open our eyes to truths and to visions far beyond anything we have yet perceived—Ellwand takes this "truth" to new heights. Every classroom and library with a goal of introducing any aspect of perception in the arts or the simple observation of nature should own this astonishing book; it is a first purchase for certain. Also included is a pull-out color swatch panel to be used for inspiration in selecting colors for one's own projects. Serious art and design students will find this a stimulating reference. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
VOYA - Megan Lynn Isaac
This coffee-table volume of photographs and color swatches piques the imagination in unexpected ways as it artfully blends the domestic and fantastic. Inspiration for furnishing a home and wardrobe is taken directly from the woods and fields. Delicate chairs and benches made from dandelions or bluebells suggest an unexpected household tucked into the corner of a field or shaded nook. Similarly carpets made of flowers and tableware wrought of acorns suggest a natural simplicity of design rooted in color and texture as applicable to the real world as to an imaginary one. Part of the delight of this collection comes from Ellwand's ability to suggest that he is revealing secrets. The tiny stone cottages and elegant feather gowns invoke visions of a fairy world usually only accidentally glimpsed by eyes too hasty or untrained to recognize what they have seen. Caught by the camera, readers can finally revel in every precise detail. The mysteries readers have previously only suspected are now gloriously displayed, but even these wonderful secrets are transitory. As he explains in the brief author's note that opens the book, an expectation of permanence can be limiting. Real flowers bloom and fade in days, sometimes only hours, so too with many of the creations photographed here—a breath of wind, a beam of sunlight, a sudden rain shower—and they will dissipate. Readers are left with a sense less of what is than of what is possible. Reviewer: Megan Lynn Isaac
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763620950
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Series: Fairie-ality Series
  • Edition description: Gift
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ellwand is the creator of the internationally renowned FAIRIE-ALITY: THE FASHION COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF ELLWAND and the stunning graphic mystery novel THE MYSTERY OF THE FOOL & THE VANISHER. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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