I've long been a fan of picture books, and don't often read the resource books I have. Don't get me wrong, I do read them and find them interesting, but I get distracted by all the beautiful imagery.
Scrolling around on Pinterest doesn't do it for me all the time. We create by hand and love the tangibility it offers. I am 10x more inspired from books compared to what I see on a computer screen. You can see way more detail and it creates a sense of urgency to get in there and design. My design process is always more efficient when I'm inspired to design from a book and I have more fun!
Books inspire me to try new techniques, new layouts, new concepts. I can be inspired by one of these from a screen, but not all three. Even writing notes for this blog, I am writing by hand first feeling inspired instantly! My hand is already moving and could easily swap my pen for a brush and get straight into it.
So as you can see, you don't need to read a book to get tonnes of goodness out of it - so reach for your favourite book and get lost in the images, you never know what it will call you to create!
MY FAVOURITE RESOURCE BOOKS
Textiles of the Banjara
Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe
-Charollotte Kwon, Tim McLaughlin
The Colour that Changed the World
- Catherine Legrand
Design Style & History
- Thames & Hudson
Toile De Jouy
Printed textiles in the Classic French Style
- Melanie Riffel, Sophie Rouart, Marc Walter
Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia
- Susan Meller
The Fabric of India
- Rosemary Crill
- Alana Gunn | Creative Director