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5.0 out of 5 stars Designs From History, September 29, 2009
This review is from: Pattern Design: Period Design Source Book (Hardcover)
Pattern Design: Period Design Source Book gives the reader a sense of being in a room filled with history, its displays and explanations of what we're seeing practically within reach.

Author Sian Evans walks readers through how patterns, styles and motifs came into use, and what we can learn from them about the people who created them. She explains pattern designs and geometric shapes; the accounts of myths and monsters; the use of Eastern imagery in British colonial artwork; the move from Renaissance to Baroque and Rococo styles, up through the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In the short texts throughout the book, we learn all kinds of detail: the meaning of a griffin, for example, in a coat of arms (its owner would choose death over capture), and the purpose of heraldry, which was to identify people on the battefield.

This is a fascinating and engaging book, with more than 500 examples, featuring fabrics, textiles, stain-glass windows, woodwork and more, perfect for anyone interested in how even ordinary items reveal information about a culture. It's beautiful and informative, a great combination of style and explication of history.

From The National Trust in London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pattern Design, March 28, 2013
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This review is from: Pattern Design: Period Design Source Book (Hardcover)
Great textile resource book, have seen it before (friend had purchased in the UK) but unable to purchase easily in New Zealand.
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Pattern Design: Period Design Source Book
Pattern Design: Period Design Source Book by Sîan Evans (Hardcover - November 30, 2008)
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