Literary Women Celebrated in $1.3 Million Ceramic Art

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In the early 20th century, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, two distinguished artists, created a collection of beautiful, painted Wedgwood plates which are now up for sale at Masterpiece London.

Bell and Grant have been longtime artistic collaborators and The Famous Ladies Dinner Service was their most ambitious and most important commission to date.

The dinner service totals 50 plates and can be seen at Masterpiece London, the international fine and decorative arts fair.

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Hand Drawn Maps Inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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Amateur cartographer Dan Bell, 25, began his hobby of reimagining British national parks after recreating the Yorkshire Dales in the style of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien’s maps are recognisable for the font and sketch style of art which Dan has recreated perfectly.

“I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” he told the BBC.

He adds that the maps are “not drawn with accuracy in mind”, and are more an artist’s impression of each area.

He has currently drawn nine out of fifteen parks, including the Lake District, Dartmoor National Park, and the Brecon Beacons. Find his work, and to order your own, at his website. 

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Alice In Wonderland as Illustrated by Salvador Dali

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In 1969 Salvador Dali illustrated Alice in Wonderland and the book was published by Maecenas Press (a division of Random House). Unfortunately the book went out of print and soon became a rare collector’s item.

Thanks to Evertype publishing, and the William Bennett Gallery, Dalí’s psychedelic Alice in Wonderland illustrations are available for us to enjoy once again.

After seeing the Dali artwork, and knowing the adventures of Alice very well, it is like this collaboration was destined to happen. In the book’s introduction Lewis Carrol expert Mark Burstein discusses Dalí’s symbolic and mathematical connections with Carroll, while mathematician Thomas Banchoff explores the mathematics threaded throughout Dalí’s work.

Check out some of the stunning illustrations below and to find a link to purchase your own copy.

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The Latest Book Trend Is Dividing The Internet

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Trends and fashions come and go but at the height of their popularity the trends can cultivate some heated debate. Do you remember when #shelfie was a ‘thing’? Or arranging a books on a shelf by colour to create a bookish rainbow? People are divided on whether these things are a waste of time, highly impractical, or just a fun way to arrange your home.

The latest bookshelf-altering idea is for the neutral-colour-lovers among us: some of you may remember when we posted a picture on Facebook of a bookshelf in which the books were all turned about with the spines facing the wall. Many of our Reading Addicts were unhappy with the idea- deeming the bookshelf owner (apparently someone called ‘Lauren’) to be a little superficial, and “obviously not a reader”.

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7 Fascinating Facts About the Dust Jacket

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The dust jackets currently protecting your books’ bindings are a great mixture of practical and eye catching. They have many roles to fill, which is impressive for a single slip of paper. As well as protect the book, they also contain the author’s brief bio, and promotions of the author and publisher. Finally they offer the reader an insight into what to expect from the book- through the blurb and cover art.

Our dust jackets haven’t always been crammed full of information, or as colourful as we see them today… Here are 7 fascinating facts about dust jackets that you may not have known before…

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33 First Edition Books Are Re-Covered For Auction

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The auction house Sotheby’s will be auctioning off some very special lots on December 11th 2017.

33 first edition books have had their covers re-interpreted by famous contemporary artists and illustrators. In partnership with Winsor & Newton, and in benefit of House of Illustration, the covers will be auctioned for an average of £2000. The covers range from Shaun Tan’s re-covering of Orwell’s Animal Farm, to Neil Gaiman’s cover for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. 

Check out some of the covers below, and visit Sotheby’s website for more details.

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Betty Pepper Proves There Is Life After Death For Damaged Books

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Meet Betty Pepper, saviour of discarded and damaged books.

Jill Ashton graduated in 2004 from The University of Central England with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Now, as Betty Pepper the artist based in the South East of England, she spends a lot of time making each unique piece of art and jewellery. Betty’s literary-inspired art is created from silver wire and fabric fragments, and any orphaned books she finds while out on a ‘rummage’. She gives life to old and ruined books once more by fashioning quirky and whimsical pieces from their pages.

Betty’s work is displayed and sold across Europe from Glasgow to Paris, with collections and commissions also available via MadeByHandOnline. The artwork can also be found at worldwide exhibitions- most recently in the UK (Suffolk, and Leeds) and Munich, Germany. 

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Study Suggests Adult Colouring Books May Improve Mental Health

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Colouring books for adults have become hugely popular of late and many adults have been sharpening their colouring pencils and doing their best to stay within the lines. Not only is colouring a relaxing way to pass the time, a recent study from New Zealand has found that colouring could help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Psychology researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that doing some colouring-in for as little as ten minutes a day can see a notable increase in an individual’s mental health. The study was published in the Creativity Research Journal and has shown that a bit of colouring-in can be a cheap but effective way to help boost one’s mental health. Read More

If Fiction Genres Had Physical Forms…

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Our imaginations were sparked off by a recent meme describing a book as “A movie on paper that plays pictures in your head”. We decided to come up with a selection of physical descriptions of fiction genres.

Just imagine your favourite genre was created in the world it describes… What would it look like? What would it be made out of, and who or what created it? What ingredients would make up the ink, paper, and binding? Each fiction genre contains a variety of elements that could create a unique book… See what we came up with below and let us know if you have any more ideas!

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How To Make The Most Of Unloved Cookery Books

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Nearly everyone has them: those cookery books that never get used. Sometimes we receive a recipe book from a well-meaning relative, or purchase one because our Great British Bake-Off obsession got the better of us… However those poor lost books usually get one flick through, some empty promises of bakes-to-come, and then nothing but dust and grease from sitting on a kitchen shelf.

The clever people at Tastemade have come up with a video how-to to show us the best way to utilise those cookery books we always meant to use. I am on the fence about this idea- it seems clever enough but… I am not sure.

See for yourself below and let us know what you think!

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