Janne Robberstad

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True inspiration

By spotogspindel | May 19, 2010

While I am busy finishing some projects and starting new ones, why don´t you have a look at some of my all time favorite inspirational books. Since I live out here on the islands, with not all that many colleagues around, I use books as an important source of inspiration. They come in random order, as I have lots of different interests. 🙂

True colors by Kathryn Bold is the book that blew me away and into the world of alternative art and art journaling. This is where I first heard of artists like Teesha Moore, Michelle Ward, Lynne Perella, Claudine Hellmuth, Anne Bagby and Karen Michel (three of them whom I´ve actually met and know today!)

The Journey is the destination by Dan Eldon is another favorite. His visual journals are fantastic! And a big-time inspiration for taking pictures and living life to the fullest! I will never get tired of this book! This is actually a must-buy! You just have to.

Fashion: a history from the 18th to the 20th century by the Kyoto Costume Institute is a must for anyone who is curious about the development in fashion the past couple of centuries.

(side-tip: check out TASCHEN-books, they have the most amazing art-books at really low prices)

And a couple of books from my past:

Fiberarts design book 3-4-5-6 These books were some of my favorites while in teachers college, studying textiles. I´m afraid they might be a bit hard to get hold of today. It´s been a while since I had a look at them last, but I think some of the pieces presented in here, should still be good.

The Costume-makers Art by Thom Boswell was another one of those “Oooo-I-have-to-become-a…” (in this case costume-designer) experiences. I´m not sure if it rocks my world quite as hard today, but since it played a significant role in my choice of path, I thought it should make the list.

The Decorating Book by Kevin McCloud . Before he made the BBC-programme “Grand Designs”, he wrote this great book, filled with practical interior painting techniques. Me like! And still use it !

There are still more books on my favorites-of-favorites, so I will have to make another post on books.

Topics: library | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “True inspiration”

  1. andrew from oz Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 05:51

    Look into my eyes said Janne, you MUST by this book… Okay when I came to I was in the bookstore, but I had no money – and someone had stolen my thongs 🙂 And my sokc were on back to front. Oh well.

    The costume makers art looks good to me. Thanks for sharing.

    I recently bought the annotated fairy tales. I’d recommend that if you like original tales – rather than Disney sanitized ones.

    see you 🙂

  2. andrew from oz Says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 05:52

    err make that ‘socks’. Gee lucky I didn’t really mess up those letters! 🙁