Brian Dettmer, who features on the front cover. This work is titled New Books of Knowledge and is constructed from an altered set of encyclopedias. I'm vaguely disappointed in this book though I'm not sure why. It has some wonderful artists but several I felt were of not much interest to me. It is, in my opinion, very much a coffee table book. A good one to borrow from your library until you decide you really need it on your shelves.
Alexander Calder [1898–1976] is brilliantly photographed for an exhibition catalogue. I didn't have to buy the book, there is a wonderful online resource for this jewellery, but I knew this was an opportunity to have something wonderful in my hands. Keith Lo Bue, jewellery artist, is responsible for my interest in Calder, for which I am very grateful.
Cornell's box constructions and collages were very much in the found-object assemblage-art genre, and are as relevant today as they were in his hey day. Cornell hove into my sphere via Michael DeMeng's influence on my art interests. These two books, Calder and Cornell, are very welcome additions to my collection of art books.
India Flint, the wonderful Australian fabric artist. Reviews of both books, Second Skin, and Eco Colour, may be found here.
Dan Reeder's dragons and monsters. Sorry about the flash on the cover, but look at that dragon! This book has a step by step workshop on how to make a dragon.
But before I do that I'm going to start with the easier stuff. In this book:
Simon Bryant is my favourite Australian chef. I love this book and I know I will read and use it constantly. It sits on my shelf alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Veg Every Day, my other vegetarian favourite.
Well, there you have it. What I'm reading, how I'm being inspired and entertained - and who will be influencing what I eat. I'd love to know if any of these books interest you, please leave a comment.