How to make the most of a book without reading it

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!





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

Russian Textiles
Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia
- Susan Meller

The Fabric of India
- Rosemary Crill


- Alana Gunn | Creative Director