Folk Art
Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist
Clementine Hunter
American Folk Artist
Hardcover      ISBN: 088289658x

"As children, we used to go with my mom to the trailer . . . to bring Clementine paint and canvas. . . . Clementine would paint the person most important to her as the biggest person, thus my mom was largest in the picture."
--Marguerite "Cissy" Brittain Picou

". . . her painting impressed me. It is really not at all primitive. It is very civilized--as Gertrude Stein said of the African wood carvings that influenced Matisse and particularly Picasso, almost fifty years ago."
--Alice B. Toklas

The British publication ARTbibliographies says that "the author provides a detailed biography of Hunter, describes her studio, and traces the development of her artistic career in Melrose, Louisiana." Independent Publisher describes it as "a beautifully published testament to an American original."

Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway
Colossus of Roads
Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway
Paperback      ISBN: 0816636729

Where can one find the world's largest prairie chicken, a restaurant shaped like a fish, a massive Paul Bunyan, or an enormous ear of corn? Roadside sculpture is a uniquely American phenomenon and these strange and wonderful figures can be found scattered along highways and standing in small-town squares, particularly in the Midwest.

These odd and oversized attractions have become destinations for travelers. Whether it serves art, commerce, or local pride, the colossus is always a place in itself, a stopping place where the everyday rules of reality are suspended and the observer can gain insight into the way these communities imagine themselves.

Karal Ann Marling visits dozens of these roadside attractions, viewing them analytically, intellectually, and enthusiastically, tracing each one through folklore and literature. Heavily illustrated, this book takes the reader on the road to examine these treasures and all that they represent.

The Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway
The Colossus of Roads
Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway
Paperback      ISBN: 0816613036

Shows and describes large roadside sculpture across the United States

Common Ground/Uncommon Vision: The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art
Common Ground/Uncommon Vision
The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0944110339

The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection of American folk art reflects the art worlds' increasing interest in the genre. A major part of the collection comes from Michael and Julie Hall's extensive collection, acquired by the museum in the early 1990s. Parts of the collection went on nation-wide tour during 1993-1995, with this volume clearly explaining the importance of the genre, the vision of the collectors, and the beauty of the pieces of art, all produced by self-taught artists.
Distributed for the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Craft in the Machine Age 1920-1945: The History of Twentieth-Century American Craft
Craft in the Machine Age 1920-1945
The History of Twentieth-Century American Craft
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810919680

One of the most fertile periods in American design, the years 1920 to 1945 witnessed many influences and styles. The influx of emigre artists, such as Eliel Saarinen, Josef Albers, Gertrud and Otto Natzler and Paul T. Frankl, with the landmark 1925 Art Deco exposition in Paris, the Bauhaus, and the World of Tomorrow exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair, all contributed to the shift from the handmade objects of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the streamlined, geometric forms of modernism.

Crafted: Objects in Flux
Crafted
Objects in Flux
Hardcover      ISBN: 0878468293

Contemporary art and craft presents a profusion of paradoxes. It bridges ancient traditions and state-of-the-art technologies, cutting-edge concepts and enduring tenets about skilled making and beauty, and in so doing blurs the lines between art, craft, architecture and design.
This pioneering publication brings together work by nearly 40 international artists, whose varied approaches are not only pushing but redefining the boundaries of what we call craft today. Author Emily Zilber investigates the role of new tools and materials, the connection between craft and performance, and the power of craft's interactions with space. Along the way, readers encounter a diverse group of works across a wide range of materials and practices, including 3-D printed ceramics, a dancelike performance with molten glass and a piano deconstructed to form jewelry that can surround or adorn the body. Enhanced with approachable text and abundant illustrations, Crafted invites readers to explore these stunning and surprising objects in flux.

Creative Folk Art and Beyond: Inspiring Tips, Projects, and Ideas for Creating Cheerful Folk Art Inspired by the Scandinavian Concept of Hygge
Creative Folk Art and Beyond
Inspiring Tips, Projects, and Ideas for Creating Cheerful Folk Art Inspired by the Scandinavian Concept of Hygge
Paperback      ISBN: 1633223922
Get creative with the Scandinavian concept of hygge (hoo-gah) and create your own whimsical, colorful artwork inspired by folk art with Creative Folk Art and Beyond

Continuing the hugely popular Creative... and Beyond series, Creative Folk Art and Beyond features the whimsical and colorful folk-art style of Scandinavia... and beyond Inspired by the concept of hygge (an idea similar to coziness), Creative Folk Art and Beyond includes creative prompts, easy exercises, and step-by-step projects that embrace all things Scandinavian.

No matter your skill level, you can learn how to draw and paint beautiful, colorful art using a variety of accessible, affordable supplies. Starting off with basic tools, materials, techniques, and color basics, Creative Folk Art and Beyond then jumps into tips and exercises that will have you drawing and painting your favorite folk-art designs in no time. This book is a must-have for any "Scandophile" or folk-art enthusiast
The Creature Garden: An Illustrator's Guide to Beautiful Beasts & Fictional Fauna
The Creature Garden
An Illustrator's Guide to Beautiful Beasts & Fictional Fauna
Hardcover      ISBN: 1631064274
The Creature Garden is an illustrator's step-by-step sourcebook for drawing and painting 50 real and imagined creatures in a whimsical folk-art style. With an embossed cover, striking endpapers, and extraordinary interior illustrations, this beautifully crafted book is a unique piece of art in itself.

Husband-and-wife illustrator team Harry and Zanna Goldhawk, the founders of Papio Press, teach you how to make vibrant paintings of these beautiful beasts and fictional fauna:
  • Mammals, including big cats, wolves, sloths, and red pandas
  • Marine life, including whales, sea dragons, narwhals, and giant Pacific octopi
  • Birds, including peacocks, cranes, owls, and flamingos
  • Insects, including butterflies, moths, bumblebees, and damselflies
  • Mythical creatures, including mermaids, unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, centaurs, and hippogriffs
  • And more
The Creature Garden begins with the basics, first instructing you on which tools to use, how to create patterns, the importance of keeping a sketchbook, and even avoiding comparison with other artists. The book then navigates through each illustration in a step-by-step manner that is manageable and easy to understand. Each project carefully guides you through each phase of the artistic process, from creating an outline to adding a realistic animal pattern.

You'll also learn how to draw botanical patterns from different environments--the garden, forest, jungle, and ocean--that enable you to surround your animal drawings with a natural environment.

Full of lush warmth and fairy-tale wonder, The Creature Garden is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of both seasoned artists and novices alike.

Darger's Resources
Darger's Resources
Paperback      ISBN: 0822351560

Henry Darger (1892-1973) was a hospital janitor and an immensely productive artist and writer. In the first decades of adulthood, he wrote a 15,145-page fictional epic, In the Realms of the Unreal. He spent much of the rest of his long life illustrating it in astonishing drawings and watercolors. In Darger's unfolding saga, pastoral utopias are repeatedly savaged by extreme violence directed at children, particularly girls. Given his disturbing subject matter and the extreme solitude he maintained throughout his life, critics have characterized Darger as eccentric, deranged, and even dangerous, as an outsider artist compelled to create a fantasy universe. Contesting such pathologizing interpretations, Michael Moon looks to Darger's resources, to the narratives and materials that inspired him and often found their way into his writing, drawings, and paintings. Moon finds an artist who reveled in the burgeoning popular culture of the early twentieth century, in its newspaper comic strips, pulp fiction, illustrated children's books, and mass-produced religious art. Moon contends that Darger's work deserves and rewards comparison with that of contemporaries of his, such as the "pulp historians" H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard, the Oz chronicler L. Frank Baum, and the newspaper cartoonist Bud Fisher.

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 0486492133

The Day of the Dead, observed annually on November 1 and 2, offers the living a chance to remember and honor their departed friends and family. Inspired by the Mexican holiday, 31 intricate illustrations depict dancing skeletons, skulls, and other traditional imagery, all festooned with flowers, butterflies, and additional lively decorations. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Day of the Dead and other Creative Haven(R) adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.