Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2010
Worth buying for the artistic and cultural diversity.
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.