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Learn origami basics from the experts at Taro’s Origami Studio in Brooklyn, New York, where dedicated professionals teach and promote the ancient art of origami. In this book, Taro Yaguchi, founder of Taro’s Origami Studio, shares his unique Kyu System, wherein the successful mastery of basic folds and bases is rewarded with passage through the different color-coded levels often associated with mastery in the field of martial arts.  This book contains 12 models that clearly illustrate specific key folds and base forms that provide a foundation for the development of origami skills. 365 pieces of beautifully designed origami papers are provided to create models in three different sizes-perfect for use as ornaments, jewelry, and just for fun.

Artful Handmade Wrap Bracelets is an amazing step-by-step guide to make beautiful jewelry for all occasions. Author Di Kim will walk you through tools and materials, basic braids & knots, and fastenings. All you need to make any style of bracelet, whether plain and simple, or glammed-up with precious metals, stones, crystals or glass!

– Over 25 projects for stylish, covetable jewelry that combines informal style with fine materials

– Clear step-by-step instructions on basic braiding and knotting techniques, using a variety of cord materials, from leather and hemp to silk and ribbon

– Easy-to-follow guides to using beads, precious metal components, semiprecious gemstones, and more in your designs

– Features a full-color gallery of different styles, plus inspiration to create custom looks for a colorful wrist party

Illuminating Wisdom brings art and wisdom together in a beautiful celebration of some of the world’s most inspiring philosophical, spiritual and literary quotes. Approximately 80 quotes have been drawn from some of the great wisdom and literary traditions of both East and West, as well as from inspiring people throughout history noted for their practical wisdom.

The quotes are presented in exquisite calligraphy by Deirdre Hassed, a leading professional calligrapher. She makes use of a range of styles – from the traditional to the contemporary – and varied techniques such as gilding, collage, glasswork, letterpress and lino printing.

Accompanying each artwork is text by Craig Hassed, an international expert in mindfulness, that provides background on the quote’s author, explores the wisdom tradition to which it belongs, and offers deep insight into the meaning of the quote.

The result is both a work of art and a collection of tradition; a book that will educate and inspire. Illuminating Wisdom is the perfect book to take in all at once, or turn to occasionally for reassuring words of wisdom. Learn about cultures far and wide through the words that have shaped them, brought to life by gorgeous calligraphy in this relaxing, illuminating read.

Origami becomes a form of art therapy in these 15 projects that will calm your mind and soothe the soul. In recent years, interest in mindfulness has exploded and it is now a part of popular culture. Increasingly, creative pursuits such as origami are being used as a way for people to focus and enter a mindful state.

Each project includes a brief history of the tradition of the model, such as the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand cranes to be granted one wish. Subsequent pages give instructions for folding the particular model. For difficult exercises, the book details ways of staying focused and calm and using mindfulness to deal with frustration or distraction. This is an important part of mindfulness and leads to a range of benefits for well-being and performance.

Once each model is folded, the book then outlines various related exercises that can help to further develop mindfulness. For example, after folding the paper boat, readers are encouraged to lie down and place the boat on their belly and watch it rock up and down on the “waves” as they breathe. This helps them develop mindful breathing, which is a powerful tool for relaxation and focus.

Beautiful, high-quality patterned origami paper and colouring sheets can be torn out and used to make the designs even more splendid. The Art of Mindful Origami is the perfect gift for anyone wanting a calmer, happier more stress-free life.

A house is merely physical but a home is far more subtle and elusive. The Mindful Home takes the view that being ‘at home’ is a metaphor for finding ourselves and our core. Home is about qualities that we could equate with 'good' itself – true happiness, peace, beauty, wisdom and inspiration. It is also about the good things in life such as harmony, relationships, health and wealth.

Mindfulness can help us find our core and create a home that reminds us of the qualities associated with it. By exploring the ways in which we feed our mind and our heart through our senses, how we use space, the practicalities of managing a home, and how we can live a healthy and sustainable life at home, The Mindful Home will enable us to shape the living space we really want, creating an environment that both nurtures and invigorates us, while meeting our needs. 

The two megatrends of Mindfulness and Home Improvement are combined in a beautiful, useful book, which has attracted enormous interest around the world as the only book of its kind. Sections include Philosophy of The Mindful Home, The Five Senses The Five Spaces, and Home as a Healthier Environment.

Beautifully designed, this is the ultimate guide to the art of conscious living. Learn to create a nurturing home and mindfully care for yourself and your family.

William Dobell (1899-1970) enjoyed a career spanning over forty years. One of Australia’s most dynamic artists, his work is highly regarded and held in collections around the world. William Dobell: An Artist’s Life traces his path to success from his first lessons at the Sydney Art School in 1925 to his ten years in England and Europe from 1929 to 1939 and finally to his lakeside home in Wangi Wangi, New South Wales. Insightful text is accompanied by over 150 images, including such iconic artworks as Portrait of an Artist, Margaret Olley, The yellow glove and Storm Approaching Wangi. The result is a fascinating tribute to this most beloved of artists and an important contribution to Australia’s cultural heritage.

"I enjoyed reading this more than the real dictionary. Turns out there's an actual name for that little piece with a handle on it and the medium-sized circle-y one!' – HAMISH BLAKE

Welcome to the most comprehensive A­-Z of creative builds and insider tips ever, each carefully selected by Brickman himself.

Discover ingenious ideas for your next build, from Aliens to Zebras and everything in between, curated by the star judge of the smash-hit TV show LEGO Masters Australia. Take your builds to the next level with expert pro-techniques, and become fluent in LEGO language with definitions of LEGO terms throughout.

Whether you're an AFoL (adult fan of LEGO) or a KFoL (kid fan of LEGO), starting small or aiming high, The Bricktionary will fast become the indispensable companion to any LEGO collection.

  • Design challenges
  • LEGO terms explained
  • Pro techniques
  • LEGO guessing game


What are you going to build today?

Now in paperback, an expert, highly accessible and achievable handbook of ecologically sustainable plant dye methods using renewable resources

Internationally renowned dyer and artist India Flint draws on her years of experience and experimentation in natural dyeing techniques to present an expert, highly accessible and achievable handbook of ecologically sustainable plant dye methods using renewable resources, most of which can be found in the average home garden.

Eco Colour is regarded by many as a textbook of sustainability and uses an exciting range of projects to demonstrate a variety of techniques, some of them processes developed by the author, including the now widely adopted ecoprint. Projects range from the simplest imaginable, such as solar dyeing — in which the fabric and dye material are placed in a closed jar and left for a few weeks in a sunny spot — to the positively romantic including dyeing with 'ice-flowers'. The result is a boundless range of pure, gentle, natural colours produced with the least possible harm to the environment and the dyer.

Packed with exclusive artworks and expert texts, this is the comprehensive guide to the unforgettable period of New Wave. Having witnessed an emerging generation of music buyers who’d been energised by punk, major record labels and independents alike went in search of sounds and visions that captured something of the energy and cheeky attitude of punk, while ignoring its political edge. New Wave was embraced by the mainstream music and entertainment industries and used to promote artists who rejected the anti-consumerist, anti-materialistic, black-and-white nihilism of the original punk movement in favour of a more optimistic, humorous and colourful present refracted through the past. In doing so, and as this book illustrates, the New Wave followed Marshall McLuhan’s dictum that ‘we drive boldly into the future with our eyes fixed firmly on the rear-view mirror’. New Wave artists rejected punk’s satirical, parodic and irreverent treatment of rock ’n’ roll’s original, iconic imagery preferring to display it reverently or referenced with love and affection.

Reversing Into The Future: New Wave Graphics 1977–1990 includes graphic designs for, among others, The B52s, Boomtown Rats, Devo, Duran Duran, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, XTC, Cyndi Lauper, The Police, Simple Minds, Gary Numan, Japan, Blondie, Talking Heads, The Go-Gos, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Simple Minds, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and many more. Graphic artists featured include Martyn Atkins, Barney Bubbles, Chris Morton, Malcolm Garrett, Alex McDowell, Tony Wright, Martin Kaye for the Paradiso, X3 Posters, DEVO Inc., Neville Brody, The Designers Republic, Russell Mills and more.

A collectable item itself, the book is beautifully produced with front and back cover artwork by world-renowned designers Malcolm Garrett and Chip Kidd. Alongside a vast array of original artworks and graphics from the New Wave period, the book includes text contributions from recognised and respected commentators, critics and designers from the UK, US and Australia. Documenting the incredible impact of New Wave, this is the ideal book for die-hard music fans and graphic design aficionados alike. 

Enjoy the 24 days of Advent that lead up to the big day, sharing these delicious recipes, fun crafting projects, made-by-you gifts and simple yet stunning decorations with friends and family.

The festive season can be a busy time but Advent is here to slow things down with mindful crafting and recipes, designed to soothe the soul. Authors Kerstin and Laura avoid the conventional Christmas kitsch you see everywhere around the winter months, focusing instead on magical projects that will bring authentic joy and make you feel truly festive.

Slow down with projects such as advent candles, table garlands, gift wrapping, watercolour Christmas cards, place cards and door wreaths.

The recipes are designed for you, me and us. In the ‘For Me’ section, choose from winter warmers such as Roasted pear with honey and rosemary, Hot winter smoothie and French pancakes with plum compote. In ‘For You’, embrace that sweet tooth with Peanut brittle, Orange & cinnamon syrup, Caramelised turmeric walnuts and White cinnamon & almond crackles. Finally in ‘For Us’, cook up a storm with those recipes that will sum up the winter months, from Mushroom wellington with chestnut cream, Creamy cauliflower and almond soup, Lentil shepherd’s pie with sweet potato and Pomegranate and gin punch.

Slow down, spend time with loved ones and make your home feel truly festive with Advent.