I spent yesterday in Manchester with my eldest son. A 4.30 a.m. start and a 1.15 p.m. finish meant a rewarding but tiring day. Loved the accent of local speech. It is a beautiful place and there is life beyond the Arndale centre. I found some comic shops and some 2nd hand vinyl shops but couldn’t find any art supply or musical instrument stores in the city centre. Somebody please advise me.  I spent all the money I had in Waterstones on the following:

  • Taschen’s “Hiroshige” by Adele Schlombs hard back book is beautiful and informative. ISBN 978-3-8365-2358-5
  • Phaidon’s “Japanese Colour Prints” by J. Hillier is wonderful but suffers from the faded reproductions that has stopped me from buying their book on the Pre-Raphaelites from the same series. A little colour correction / enhancement might be in order. ISBN 978-0-7148-2721-6
  • Wooden Book’s “Islamic Design, A Genius for Geometry” by Daud Sutton is a little goldmine of designs and information about how they are constructed (none of which I understand). ISBN 978-1-9042-6359-3
  • Pahidon’s “The Designs of William Morris” (author uncredited) is a pocket sized gem featuring many of Morris’s designs for Stained glass, textiles and books. ISBN 978-0-7148-3465-8
  • Yaschen’s “Living in Japan” was a bit of a surprise for me. I bought it sight unseen (in cellophane) and it tuned out to be rather exclusive modern Japanese houses. Beautiful none-the-less. ISBN 978-3-8365-3500-7


Cover of Taschen's Hiroshige
Cover of Taschen’s Hiroshige


Cover of Phaidon's Japanese Colour Prints.
Cover of Phaidon’s Japanese Colour Prints.



Cover of Phaidon's Islamic Design.
Cover of Phaidon’s Islamic Design.


Cover of Phaidon's Designs of William Morris.
Cover of Phaidon’s Designs of William Morris.


Cover of Taschen's Living in Japan.
Cover of Taschen’s Living in Japan.


All covers are copyright their publishers. I bought them from Waterstones but all are also available via Amazon. I know the influence and inspiration of all of these will flow into the music and graphics projects.






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