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European Folk Art Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – August 30, 2004
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This handsome collection contains scores of unique images based on folk art designs created by artists of Austria, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, and other European countries.
Adapted from authentic sources, 265 original renderings depict scores of charming motifs incorporating florals, wildlife, riders on horseback, mythical figures, men and women in traditional costumes, and religious and secular motifs. Ideal for adding a touch of Old World flavor to a variety of projects, these eye-catching, stylized designs appear in assorted configurations, among them borders, squares, circles, medallions, and rectangles.
Painstakingly reproduced and attractively presented, the designs represent a valuable resource of inspirational and practical art. The collection will be a major addition to the bookshelves of artists, designer, and craftworkers.
Dover (2004) original publication.
- Publisher : Dover Publications; 0 edition (August 30, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0486437574
- ISBN-13 : 978-0486437576
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.25 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pity the publisher doesn't activate the 'Look Inside' feature. A reading of the book's introduction would give sufficient tattle, a few pages would entice:
-Sixty plates: 2-9 designs per plate, more than 250 designs.
-Motifs: plant, animal, Christmas, holiday, geometric. religious figures, abstracts...
-Range: whimsical to stylized.
-Applications: needlework, textile design, leather work, pottery, wood burning, carving, drawing, Wycinanki...
Art from 24 countries alphabetically arranged: including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Yugoslavia. One to five pages for each country. Ex: Albania shows 3 designs on 1 page. Czechoslovakia boasts 20 designs 5 pages.
A key on each page explains the media source, most with time periods.
Ex: Sampler embroidery, west Hungary, Slovak influence (early 19th century).
This allows the curious to gleefully chase more information elsewhere.
Most art from 17th - 19th centuries.
On the 10 vertically-laid pages, text on the left page is along the spine, text on the right page along the edge. This makes the right-hand pages a tad harder to copy. For that, lack of a simple index page, and the desire for the book to lay a little flatter, I would dock it a half star. Don't twist your hair over it though; at 9.99 even I, Queen of Thrift, overlook this. Dare to crack the spine and, if necessary, to paper punch and house in a binder.
European Folk Art Designs is engaging, diverse design collection meant to be used.
not a comprehensive book on European design but it is enough to wet your appetite for this kind of art work.