“Some men, some men, cannot pass a book shop.( Lady make your mind up, and wait your time away). ” Dorothy Parker Chant for Small Hours
How many toes does the frog have?
I’m a book junkie. I come from a long line of book junkies. On the day I was born, my father gave me a red rose and the library who knew everything about my family gave me a library card. I’ve lived most of my life in the company of books.
So it’s common for me to talk to anyone and everyone about what I’m reading. In this new electronic world, I mean that in every sense. Much of what I read now is on Audible, books on mp3, my best book love, although I’ve got a kindle that belies the 4-6 books I used to regularly travel with for a week long tour. Sounds extreme? It was infinitely better than stopping at a book store. So now I travel with my mp3 player in my bra ( yes, that too!) and my Kindle in my bag.
But those are my tales library. They’re company, entertainment, comfort and light and I can’t be without.
I have another library that I use for research. It’s not all research books. It’s largely children’s books but it includes nature books, art books and all kinds of odd and wonderful visual stimulation.
In the days when I made students draw I always brought a collection of those books. Not to be copied but as research.
I have no interest or desire to debate copyright issues. That’s a lawyer’s place. I’m not a lawyer because I don’t want to be one. But all art is in some way derivative. If you want to make something recognisable, you’ll need to look at it at some point. For those people who are also fabulous photographers, it’s great to take pictures. I often search for visual stimulation, not to copy but to research. How many toes does that frog have? I don’t know without asking.
I used to give out a handout of a list of some of my favorite books for research. I brought them to class. I took students off to book shops. All that stopped when I started giving people patterns. It also was impossible to keep up with books in and out of print. And way to expensive to ship them back and forth
But I miss sharing books. I miss sharing books as if I couldn’t share cookies and tea.
Two things have changed. Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Alibris make it possible to find very out of print books, easily. And services like Goodreads makes it possible to list and rate them for people. So I’ve decided to use Goodreads not only as my list of reading books I’m in love with. But also my research books I’ve loved.
This is just a beginning. If I’ve talked about a book you might want to read, this is a good place to look. If you’re looking for some of the source books I used to bring into class, here’s the hand out on this.
You’ll also find some of my listed books on a shelf that says design. That means that’s a book I turn to for it’s imagery. So you can find it for yourself.
I’ll also add more books in and tell you which ones I love for their beauty, their information and their illustrations. Not so you can copy. But so you and I can all feed our eyes. I’d also love knowing what books you’re turning to as eye candy.
You’ll find my account on Goodreads. You’ll also find my blog posted there as well.
You can find many unfindable books at Amazon, Alibris and Barnes and Nobles, as well as many other book stores. I would say, go to them all! I intend to.