Design & Inspiration

  • 400 Chinese Motifs

    A book and CD containing 400 copyright-free hand-drawn Chinese motifs for creative re-use. Designs from Paleolithic times to modern era arranged in chapters of flowers and plants, animals, birds, fish, and borders and patterns.

    Provides inspiration and artwork for design work in many fields: needlecrafts, designing jewellery and puppets, sculpture, textile printing, painting on ceramics, silk, fans and more.

  • Art of the Map

    This lavishly illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, explores not only the embellishments on maps but also what they reveal about the world in which they were created.

    Here there are monsters real and imagined; ships actual and archetypical; newly discovered flora such as corn and tobacco; fauna ranging from buffalo to unicorns; godlike beings and fantasy-like depictions of native peoples. The stunningly rendered images illuminate an entire world.

  • Color + Pattern

    Do you have a passion for patterns? It's time to jump onto the scene with Color + Pattern! Masterful pattern designer Khristian Howell will fill you with confidence and a fearless use of colour and an interest in all things pattern, so you can create your own beautiful art that can be printed on fabrics, paper and transfers.

    Fully illustrated with a large and varied range of pattern designs, she highlights leaders in the industry, showcasing how pattern design comes to life when it finds its way onto perfectly paired products. Aside from sharing loads of gorgeous work, the book informs you on the many different kinds of patterns and terminology, exploring found patterns, sharing processes of creating patterns, as well as showing ways to integrate pattern into many facets of real life with 50 exercises.

  • Complete Color Harmony: Pantone Edition

    Completely updated with Pantone colours and new text by Leatrice Eiseman, America's colour guru, this is the only colour guide a designer will ever need.

    Completely revised from start to finish, this new edition includes colour 'moods' in each chapter that are matched with Pantone colours. It also includes information on creating special effects, as well as an entirely new section devoted to the psychology of colour.

    The author helps readers determine their best colour choices and suggests why some colours may inspire their creativity while others don't. The book includes new colour palette sections along with expanded and updated colour trends.

  • Design Library: Art Nouveau Designs

    Penny Brown presents 100 original beautifully flowing and sensuous Art Nouveau designs which can be combined with other images, or enlarged and used as the main theme for a special piece of work.

    Figures, flowers, plants, birds and other stylised images adorn the pages offering many ideas and there are gorgeous frames, borders, patterns and ideas in abundance. If you thinking of new projects and you need a starting point, look no further. This wonderful source book will fire your imagination and give you all the help you need to create stunning, original works of art.

    The CD-ROM includes the 100 images saved in TIFF and JPEG formats.

  • Design Library: Maori Designs

    A fascinating design source book with a wonderful selection of 100 specially commissioned, original images inspired by the traditional art and crafts of the Maori people. The patterns and motifs are based on their stunning tattoo designs and woven work, their pottery and jewellery, and their beautiful and impressive stone, wood and bone carvings.

    Illustrations can be combined with other images, or enlarged and used as the main theme for special projects, whether they are stitched designs, cards, journals, collages, mixed media or ceramic pieces, pictures, panels or paintings.

    The CD-ROM includes the 100 images saved in TIFF and JPEG formats.

  • Dragons & Wizards - CD-ROM & Book

    Powerful practitioners of wizardry and dragons – those vigilant guardians of fair maidens and treasures – are featured in this exciting CD-ROM and book collection. 190 original black-and-white illustrations of smoke- and fire-breathing dragons, scaly creatures of the sea, and wizards with long beards and flowing robes.

    Image File Information: Includes 190 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Erte

    Erté was one of the most sought-after artists of the twentieth century. His illustrations for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue remain classics of the genre, proving that mass art can be genuine art. His work as stage, costume and fashion designer in Europe and America combined an eye for fashion and elegance with a sense of theatricality.

    This is a new edition of Erté's work based upon a 2016 Hermitage exhibition celebrating his life and work.

  • Floral Illustrations CD-ROM & Book

    A treasury of 89 choice, black-and-white cuts depicting superbly rendered roses, sunflowers, tulips, lilies, crocuses, carnations, iris and many other single and clustered blossoms. This versatile collection is an ideal addition to any artist's archive of ready-to-use illustrations.

    Image File Information
    Includes 89 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, WMF, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • French Art Deco

    This book draws on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts significant French Art Deco holdings to present more than one hundred masterpieces made by forty-five designers.

    Sumptuous, atmospheric photos of the objects themselves accompany the text, making this not only one of the first explorations of French Art Deco in English, but a true objet dart in its own right.

  • Full-Color Angel Vignettes

    Here are over 300 distinctive images of celestial creatures from rare vintage publications. Filled with nostalgic old-fashioned appeal, full-colour illustrations depict golden-haired seraphs and rosy-cheeked cherubs in prayerful attitudes, harmonizing, playing musical instruments, tending sheep, surrounded by floral displays, dancing around a Christmas tree, sending Easter greetings, and just being angelic.

    Ideal for enhancing greeting cards, posters, catalogues, calendars and other printed materials, these inexpensive images will be an invaluable addition to the resource libraries of commercial artists, collagists, decoupeurs and other craftspeople.

  • How to Make Repeat Patterns

    This book explains, in simple steps and non-mathematical terminology, how to create repeat patterns in a line, on the plane, as tiles, and as Escher-like repeats. The book also shows how to make 'wallpaper repeats', where the elements of the pattern merge into each other, apparently seamlessly.

    Using letters as the basic elements, the book demonstrates how all repeat pattern-making comes out of four simple operations: translation, rotation, reflection and glide reflection. It will provide the definitive one-stop pattern-making resource for professional designers and students across disciplines, from textiles and fashion to graphic design and architecture.

  • Islamic Design Workbook

    Islamic design expert Eric Broug helps readers to create their own patterns, based on compositions from across the Islamic world.

    The book opens up the world of intricate Islamic patterns, allowing artists, designers and doodlers alike to learn about these works of art as they produce their own. With 48 Islamic geometric compositions from around the world to choose from, artists at all skill levels will relish the myriad opportunities to replicate these intricate patterns or create their own. The workbook's clever design invites the pattern-maker to consider a composition in the book, take a corresponding loose leaf from the back of the book and figure out which sections of lines to trace to make the composition.

    Compositions – including a mix of more familiar geometric compositions and those that have scarcely been documented – are categorized by region and have various levels of complexity, making it possible for beginners to get started and artists or designers to develop their skills.

  • Over & Over

    Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns collects ground-breaking work from 50 of today's most talented designers who create patterns by hand and use them in their work in inventive and innovative ways.

    From Deanne Cheuk's patterns that adorn current fashion to those of Robin Cameron that explore her interest in art to Garrett Morin's patterns that arose from an exercise for a character called Eloie, the examples in this book push the boundaries of the traditional concept of what a pattern is. The selected works are often not an end result but the beginning of something else, of something bigger and broader. While the computer is sometimes involved in the production of patterns, the hand-drawn element is always evident in the uniqueness of these works.

    Featuring more than 250 vibrant and exciting patterns, Over and Over explores this magic on every single page and will inspire designers everywhere.

  • Paisley Designs CD-Rom & Book

    Boasting superb reproductions in vivid colour and striking black-and-white, this treasury showcases 199 resplendent examples of traditional Indian and European paisley motifs.

    Brimming with a wealth of intricate details, this very special book is a unique and valuable resource for fashion and graphics designers, textile artists, needleworkers, and other craft enthusiasts, as well as art students and historians.

    Image File Information: The CD includes 199 royalty-free images: 172 black-and-white images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF), plus 27 full-colour images saved in JPEG format (both 300-dpi and 72-dpi Internet-ready).

  • Pattern Base

    The Pattern Base showcases more than 550 textile, surface, fashion and print designs from over 150 designers working around the world.

    Part One is a sourcebook of these designs, organized by type of pattern: Geometric, Floral, Representational, Digital Abstract, Illustrative, and Fabric Swatches.

    Part Two presents profiles of 15 artists, constituting the hottest up-and-comers in the field, including Lorenzo Nanni, whose delicate beadwork conjures the natural world’s flora and fauna; Anita Hirlekar, whose felt, velvet, and lace work create luscious variations of texture; and Kayla Mattes, mistress of kitsch aesthetics and material experimentations.

  • Pattern Factory
    150 outstanding patterns by today's leading, world artists & designers (Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, Keiichi Tanaami, Perks and Mini, So-Me), with mini-biographies. Interview pages unveil the artists' working processes & inspirational sources, & show their studios & factories (Mike Mills, Eley Kishimoto, Lizzie Finn, Fabrick/Medicom Toy, Sousou).

    CD-ROM has 30 exclusive, new patterns by the artists & an Adobe Illustrator file. Pick & mix design elements to make 55+ new patterns for tote bags, stickers, etc.

  • Patterns
    Pattern is back, and what better way to celebrate its revival than with a cool compendium of the best pattern design from around the globe?

    This exciting new book showcases some of the most innovative pattern designs, including graphics, textiles, fashion, furnishings, ceramics, tiles, wallpaper and stationery. While many of the featured designers work commercially, others are independent players whose work is cutting-edge even though, or perhaps because, they don't follow conventional techniques or disciplined structures.

    Figurative, funky, abstract, pixel-based, graphic or retro patterns are all featured in this visual feast of the best work to emerge in the last five years.