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Creative Space: The Urban Homes of Artists and Creatives Paperback – April 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 1 edition (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695886
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Francesca Gavin is a writer and editor based in London. She is currently Visual Arts Editor at Dazed & Confused magazine. She has written features and reviews for publications including Another, Blueprint, i-D, Art Review, Contemporary, Intersection, Marmalade, RA magazine, The Sunday Times, and Wonderland. She has written two books: Street Renegades: New Underground Art (2007), and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art (2008), both published by Laurence King.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Louise Schofield on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators infuses inspiration with guided examples for any artist who wants to create art in their living space in the here and now. This book is written for all creative types who aspire to create great art no matter what their current living conditions. It offers short biographies of working artists including photographs of their homes where they live and work. Website addresses are provided for further evaluation.

This is not a book about "minimalism" as the author, Francesca Gavin, so aptly states. Rather it is about the collectible state of an artist's mind where living and creating intertwine in their chosen home. The non-visionary may not be attracted to the more is more philosophy that many artists aspire to as Gavin points out, "blank space with clean lines is an easy aesthetic choice for those lacking in creative imagination."

At first glance the bold typeface used liberally in the book is blaring. But after reading and viewing the photographs, the large, black typeface blends with the smaller copy into a perfectly seamless combination. The book is value-packed with color photographs and extensive copy and features more than 30 successful, worldly artists. Also included is an introduction and city guide along with a pre-introduction front and publisher back inset.

Full-size photographs accompany a one-page biography of each artist. There are many examples and ideas for organizing space to accommodate supplies, collectibles, and found objects--all fuel for creative thought. Some of the spaces are large, some small, some cluttered, some not-so. You will be driven to read and view all of the 207 pages.
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By LahTeeDah on July 15, 2010
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Normally I adore eclectic, funky and creative use of space and thought this book would fit that bill. I love all things fun, urban and even kitschy and am always interested to see how artists live and what inspires them. So I was surprised to see how uninspiring and flat this book felt. To be generous I found two spaces worthy of attention. Sorry, I gave the book away and can't remember which ones they were. The rest I found to be very dull. Cannot recommend.
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