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Disruptive Pattern Material: An Encyclopedia of Camouflage [Hardcover]

Hardy Blechman , Alex Newman
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November 6, 2004 1554070112 978-1554070114 1st Ed.

From animal survival to anti-war irony.

Camouflage occurs naturally in the wild as a mechanism of protection and illusion. Learning from nature, military strategists reproduced, painted and printed camouflage patterns to protect equipment and soldiers.

Disruptive Pattern Material is an encyclopedic history of camouflage from its roots in nature, through to its adoption by armed forces and on to its current popularity within modern civilian culture.

The book begins with the wide variety of wildlife that protects itself by blending into the environment. Military camouflage covers the first uses of camouflage to disguise artillery and ships and eventually individual soldiers. A comprehensive, historical guide features the various camouflage patterns issued to soldiers of 107 nations around the world.

The use of camouflage outside of the armed forces first began in the 1960s by anti-war protestors. From there, camouflage was further explored by artists and designers. The book covers the uses of non-military camouflage in:

  • Fashion
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Film
  • Art and graffiti.

Featuring 5,000 compelling images by leading photographers, Disruptive Pattern Material is an authoritative reference with fascinating cultural insight.

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Charts the history of the pattern from the natural world through modern warfare to its role in contemporary culture. (Mallery Roberts Lane New York Times 2004-11-25)

Delves into the use of camouflage as a source of pure graphic pleasure. (Rob Walker New York Times Magazine 2004-10-17)

Thick with information and glossy photographs of camouflage in all its forms -- from color-changing chameleons to vivid graffiti art. (John Jurgensen Hartford Courant 2005-03-11)

This unique, handsomely designed coffee-table book has an eye-pleasing layout and text accompanied by lavish and extensive color illustration, and an illustrate bibliography of further resources. (M. Fusich Choice 2005-04-00)

From computer games to cargo pants, a compendium of the perennially fashionable print. (Globe and Mail 2004-12-24)

Out of the ordinary... remarkable detail... I really was fully and greatly amazed by the book's complexity... The main value of this extraordinary publication is the freshness with which it informs us about the predilections of human visions -- and the ease with which we are beguiled. (Roy R. Behrens Ballast Quarterly Review 2004-09-00)

About the Author

Hardy Blechman, the Creative Director of Maharishi, a fashion design company, has been influential in the proliferation of camouflage and combat pants in civilian fashion over the past decade.

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 1st Ed. edition (November 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554070112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554070114
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable--A Publishing Phenomenon November 11, 2004
This book is not easy to talk about briefly because its contents are so vast. Not only is its page size large, it is also unusually thick, with more than 600 large pages of full-color images and text. It may at first sound pricey, but when you see and hold the physical thing, it's hard to believe that it isn't a lot more expensive. It is, as announced by the subtitle, an encyclopedia of camouflage. But it's far, far more than only that. Only one dimension of it is military, since there are countless examples of pattern disruption in art, nature and culture. This single volume version is a must for anyone who is interested in natural form, the visual arts, deception, mimicry, and pattern play. It will keep you occupied for months. The only thing better that I know of is the two-volume boxed UK edition of the same book in which the second volume is exclusively devoted to camouflage patterns on military uniforms. It is more expensive of course, but it's well worth it, especially for collectors of extraordinary books. For more on that edition, see [...] or search the UK Amazon website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Camo January 13, 2008
This was a rare find. It came in perfect condition. It made a great Xmas gift to my son who is a talented artist and loves to wear camo pants. I enjoyed looking at the book too before wrapping it under the tree. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection of all things camouflage November 17, 2004
For the camouflage obsessed, this M*O*N*S*T*E*R of a book is akin to breathing pure oxygen. "Lift" it onto your coffee table and enjoy!
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