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
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.