Month: July 2016

Publisher Search Press is TSS Business of the Month for July 2016

Media and Publishing are the realms in which TSS operates and so excited to champion book publisher, Search Press, as our Business of the Month for July 2016 About Search Press Now in its 46th year Search Press Ltd, is an award winning independent consumer publisher and wholesale business, operating from Tunbridge Wells, and one which has become a leading art and craft publisher in the UK. A family run business, Search Press has been championing and presenting, in book format, the best in fine art, textiles, general/children’s crafts since the company was founded by Charlotte (Lotti) de la Bedoyere in 1970 About Lotti Lotti translated a book on Basket Weaving from German to English and published it in an attic room in Kensington. This the first of many titles with a winning format on art and craft subjects, at a good price, which proved to be popular. The move in the 1980s to Tunbridge Wells saw that Lotti had expanded the business at a fast pace, she continued to publish books of a series, …

Review of MAKING GREAT ILLUSTRATION

ISBN 978-1-4081-2453-6 Making Great Illustration by Derek Brazell and Jo Davies (The Authors) Published by Bloomsbury (imprint A&C Black Visual Arts) Paperback Published 22.09.2011 Available at Amazon http://amzn.to/2awcgqt RRP £35.00 Published as an e-book 10.05.2016 RRP £34.00 CONTENT Introduction from The Authors Foreword (with 3 sub headings) 10 main Chapters The Photography Index The Authors (about) RANGE OF INFORMATION The book presents: Illustrators and animators working in 2D and 3D across a broad area of career fields Designers working in the commercial industry, in marketing and communication roles particularly, producing brand related creative content, logos, etc. Chapters cover the following subjects: design, advertising and editorial concepts; philosophical commentary; development principles; observational studies; art direction and the illustrators’ work; the publishing world today; art and commerce; studio practices; working methodology; the link with storytelling narrative; and the different styles, techniques and approaches in making great illustration. All of this is led by a series of artist profiles in an interview format. Artists are indexed at the rear of the book. Profiles include case studies and many …

Review of WILDER (a book of 21 fashion knits for women)

Title: WILDER By Kim Hargreaves Edition: Paperback Publication: April 2016 ISBN: 9781906487256 Size: 215 x 280 mm Pages: 105 RRP Price: £17.95 Amazon http://amzn.to/29YAfex   TSS Says: 21 Knit or crochet patterns to make women’s knitted fashion pieces i.e. LAKE (a long line tunic with deep vents); SONG (a semi fitted sweater with cables and braids); WEST (a lacy scarf), PRAIRIE (a sweater with eyelets and button edgings) and BIRCH (a crochet beret). The ‘how to make’ methods are in the traditional knitting pattern format, with text being black on a white background which means instructions are very clear and makes reading easy on the eye in any daylight setting or under artificial lighting. The design of this book and the photography is extremely pleasing. The three images above are from the book (image source: http://www.knitrowan.com), you will see that the model is pictured wearing the knitted items in natural outdoor settings in green or farmed fields, or in front of heritage style  buildings and fixtures. The Rowan yarns used are natural i.e. cotton and soft yak, and in …

Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

I have added a new review of a picture book called Up, Up and Away by Tom McLaughlin, it joins a previously published review of The Cloudspotter by the same author. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ BOTH REVIEWS   ISBN 978-1-4088-5496-9 The Cloudspotter Author – Tom McLaughlin Published by Bloomsbury in hardback – Release date 18 June 2015 RRP £10.99 A Picture StoryBook for children aged up to … Source: Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review of 100 LITTLE CROCHET GIFTS TO MAKE

Guest reviewer and crochet worker extraordinaire, Sue P from N W Leicestershire, UK reviews craft title 100 Little Crochet Gifts To Make Publisher: Search Press Edition: BC Paperback Publication: 19 April 2016 ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213338 Size: 216 x 280 mm Illustrations: 500 Pages: 240 RRP Price: £12.99 The book cover is bright and colourful, and the mixture of illustrations make it an attraction. It certainly draws attention to anyone who is interested in crochet. The range of projects is very comprehensive, from toys, hats, jewellery and hearts to name a few. It gives a wide variety to choose from. I particularly like the break down, explaining how to crochet for beginners and the techniques used to help all levels of skill. There is also a variety of yarns used, from very fine to chunky. This makes crocheting more interesting using different textures. The instructions are well set out and are self explanatory. I also like the coloured illustrations of the finished project on every page. The coloured edge of the pages and numbers one third …

Book Review GIRL vs BOY BAND by Harmony Jones

Girl vs Boy Band THE RIGHT TRACK Author – Harmony Jones Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 02 June 2016 RRP £6.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 12 + years Overview: The first title in the Girl vs Boy Band series. Lark is twelve and music is her world. Lark secretly writes songs and is always keeping look out for ideas for new lyrics. Mum, Donna, is a music producer and divorced from dad, a session musician, who lives away. The boy band from England, called Abbey Road, are Donna’s new proteges who come to live, study and work alongside Lark and Donna in their LA home. Lark is excited at first, but things do not run smoothly with the boys Comment and Guide: Lark is very much the central character and author, Harmony Jones, makes the most of the idea of this young girl being right in the thick of what is deemed as an artistically enriched, glamorous lifestyle. Thus appealing to the adolescent readers who may imagine their idols being …