Stained glass windows have for centuries adorned spectacular churches, massive government buildings, and stately homes of the well-to-do. But during the Victorian era, stained glass was increasingly used as an integral part of the design of middle-class, single-family homes. This impressive volume is the largest collection of stained glass designs from actual windows. All of the nearly 400 designs can be characterized as traditional and domestic; they are copied from windows in residences and do not include any religious work. They are secular in motif and richly varied in design. As all designs are from actual windows, the practicality of their craft is assured. The development of popular stained glass in many ways parallels the larger art movements of the era. Victorian windows often have a double border -- the outer clear, the inner ruby red or, less commonly, blue. The geometric designs based on circles, squares, and triangles are pale tints of subtle colors: olive green, ochre, yellow, amber, pink, mauve, light blue. In many of these windows, the geometric borders are augmented by birds, flowers, berries, and leaves in dark, rich tones of red and green as the central illustration. As the Victorian era gave way to the Edwardian, one sees an increase of yellows and opaques accompanied by a wider range of textures and relief patterns. Victorian windows are usually all color, whereas the Edwardian approach emphasized brighter rooms and so used clear glass, making for a rich and sparkling play of contrasting textures. In late Victorian and Edwardian windows, hints of Art Nouveau curves and ovals soften earlier geometry. The influence of Art Deco revived the popularity of geometric designs in the 1920s and '30s. These recent works however, have a more accentuated diagonal, vertical, and horizontal style and make use of clear, bright colors. This stunning and comprehensive collection of popular stained glass designs will be invaluable to students of the craft, architectural historians, and many graphic artists as a rich and varied source of design and ornamentation that can be directly applied to the most modern graphic challenges. By accurately rendering hundreds of stained glass windows, graphic artist and designer Ann Winterbotham has saved for posterity many fine designs that will soon fall prey to the ravages of time or the wrecker's ball.
Susan Gaber's garden is a black-and-white Eden of lush flower design -- 100 graceful, botanically accurate garden flowers rendered for artists and anyone who admires or needs floral designs and motifs: needleworkers, craftsmen of all sorts, designers. All the drawings may be used royalty-free. Ms. Gaber has drawn these flowers with sinuously weaving leaves and stems, flowing and swaying as in a breeze on the page, in compositions suitable for design purposes: some of the flowers appear several times, and many of the drawings form frames, repeating borders, and motifs. The flowers, many full-page, include African Violet, Begonia, Orchid Cactus, Columbine, Daffodil, Dogwood, Iris, Peony, Snapdragon, Tobacco, and much more.
Описание: Superb examples of the ironworker's art -- elaborately wrought designs for gates, fences, finials, banisters, window grilles, signs, marquees, cathedral screens, and a host of other architectural and decorative appointments, from Gothic style to Art Nouveau -- meticulously rendered in fine black-and-white drawings reprinted from rare European and American books and periodicals.
Описание: The timeless beauty of elegant floral designs has made them prime favorites among artists and craftspeople. This rich harvest of blossoms, vines, and other floral decorations has an unlimited variety of applications, allowing them to serve equally well as individual motifs or as running borders. More than 300 delicately rendered motifs, all reproduced from a rare nineteenth-century catalog, feature a profusion of sprays, branches, and clusters. Commercial artists and designers will want them for projects calling for floral centerpieces, stripes, and allover patterns. Craftworkers will find the designs suitable for embroidery, textile patterns, woodworking, and other crafts.
Описание: An excellent selection of Victorian images from a rare catalogue of designs includes ornamental crests, coats of arms, shields, and a wealth of other eye-catching designs. Dover Electronic Design series: permission-free illustrations and designs for art, craft, business and educational use. Hundreds of designs scanned at 600 dpi and saved in the most popular formats; can be used for Mac[registered] and Windows[registered]. Each set contains CD-ROM and book with every image on the CD printed large for easy reference or direct use.
Описание: This collection of 251 distinctive, black-and-white motifs, culled from a vast selection of rare Chinese artifacts, features an abundant supply of useful borders, frames, and corners, as well as intricate floral displays, real and fabulous animals, geometric and abstract patterns, and two frequently used Chinese symbols for "double happiness" and "long life."
Описание: Drawn from a historic treasury of designs from France, Germany, and other European countries, this magnificent book and CD-ROM set overflows with 213 arresting black-and-white illustrations: architectural elements, distinctive woodcarvings and metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, and other decorative arts. The images are a delight to browse and applicable to many design projects.
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