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 Nouveau Illustrations CD-ROM & Book

    The Studio magazine was the foremost source of Art Nouveau in England at the turn of the century and featured illustrations by such artists as Crane, Bradley, Robinson, and others. Here are 171 of the best graphic art specimens, including posters, cards, borders, frames and much more.

    Image File Information: The CD includes 171 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Art Nouveau Motifs CD-ROM & Book

    Add panache to any project with these 421 black-and-white copyright-free, stylish and versatile designs. Features a host of naked and sensuously draped ladies, cherubs and mermaids, a simply huge variety of flowers and trees (including the Mackintosh Rose), peacocks galore – even a flock of snooty swans!

    Cameos, corners, borders, book plates and more ranging from very tiny to full-page, to delicate idealised realistic images and starkly simple stylised designs – all in the curvilinear, flowing style characteristic of the genre.

    Image File Information Includes 421 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • 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.

  • Arts & Crafts Designs CD-ROM & Book

    Striking collection of designs, rendered from textile and wallpaper motifs, vases and other authentic sources, includes images of lovely florals once etched into glassware and pitchers, garlands of flowers in square and circular configurations, wildlife that adorned decorative bowls and platters and much more. A convenient source of superb illustrations.

    Image File Information: Includes 231 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Celtic Stencil Designs

    130 copyright-free b&w stencil designs derived from the Book of Kells and other early medieval Celtic sources. Includes angels and saints, birds and beasts of myth and Scripture, and elegantly wrought geometric motifs.

    The versatile designs vary widely in shape and complexity, ranging from elaborate large, squares, rectangles and circles, to frames and borders and small motifs. Graphic artists, textile designers and others will find these images ideal for adding a Celtic touch to projects.

  • Celtic Stencil Designs CD-ROM & Book

    Stirring images of traditional Celtic art, transformed into a collection of exciting, versatile stencil designs, depict birds and beasts of myth and scripture, elegant abstract designs, and more.

    Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and complexities, these attractive and dramatic illustrations are ideal for graphic artists, textile designers and craftspeople.

    The CD-ROM includes 164 images scanned at 600 DPI and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • 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.

  • Cut and Fold Paper Textures

    Cut and Fold Paper Textures shows you inspirational ways in which paper can be used to create textured and relief surfaces. These techniques are mostly intuitive and easy to make, requiring no origami or paper engineering knowledge.

    There are 12 different techniques: Twisting narrow strips to make 'paper string', Weaving strips, Layering, Coiling, Tearing, Bending, Incising and Lifting, Crumpling, Pleating, Cutting Pleats, Stippling and using Translucent Surfaces. Each is beautifully illustrated with creative examples, first made in white paper and then in papers of different colours, weights and textures.

    Finally, inspirational photographs show the techniques applied by designers to clothing, furniture, jewellery and homewares, as well as artworks. These techniques could be used by professional designers, design students in disciplines from textiles to interior design and anyone with an interest in paper craft.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Imagine a Forest

    Learn to create whimsical folk art with the 45 step-by-step tutorials in Imaging a Forest.

    First, learn the history of folk art to understand the influences and inspire your drawings. Then, find tips from expert illustrator Dinara Mirtalipova to help guide you through the gorgeous folk scenes.

    When you're finished your drawing, discover the meaning behind each drawing you have created, and use this to guide you to create your very own works of folk art!

  • 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.