Constructing Art Deco Emblems

Constructing Art Deco Emblems

Pedro Lemos was one of the outstanding artists of the California Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. He was known for his woodcuts and his graphic design work and for his books on teaching art, particularly his Applied Arts handbook which was published in 1926. It is one of the most useful works on basic techniques of …


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Walter Crane’s A Flower Wedding

We’re still working on digitizing our extensive collection of antique Walter Crane illustrated books. Our latest project is Crane’s 1905 work A Flower Wedding, an original poem illustrated with 39 decorative full-page plates. The concept of the work is that each of the wedding guests represents a flower and is depicted with that flower incorporated in the illustration. The illustrations …


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Walter Crane: The Hind in the Wood

As we continue development on our collection of material by Arts and Crafts master Walter Crane we get to share little tidbits of the contents before they are released. The latest example is a selection of art from the chapbook The Hind in the Wood, a smaller work than most of the Crane books we’ve been digitizing. The book is …


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Walter Crane’s Queen Summer

In our ongoing development of our extensive Walter Crane library, we continue to do digital adaptations of his most notable books. The latest of these is Queen Summer, or the Tourney of the Lilly and the Rose, an epic poem written and extensively illustrated by Crane in a charming neoclassical style. The work is reminiscent of some of Crane’s masques …


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Poll: Publishing Art Book Reprints

We’ve received a number of requests to do facsimile book reprints of some of our antique illustrated books like Pan Pipes by Walter Crane and The Lady of Shallott by Howard Pyle. The books would be printed in full-color, soft-bound and would be page for page reproductions of the entire text and illustrations of the source works. The books would …


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Walter Crane’s The Baby’s Opera

We have been building a library of illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane for several years and are now finally at the point where we can start to release some of our Crane material in useful packages for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. Our first Crane release was The …


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Color Harmony Guide

Before we had fancy programs like Photoshop with dozens of color palettes and millions of colors and Pantone charts and magical color wheels and all the miracles of modern technology, we still had color to be selected and applied by more primitive methods. And while we don’t think about it much today, the range of colors we could perceive was …


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A Little Guide to Bookbinding

In our ongoing acquisition of antique graphic arts resources we’ve recently been looking for books by Pedro J. Lemos who was the Director of the Stanford University Fine Arts Museum. Lemos wrote extensively on graphic arts, lettering and design in the early 20th century. Lemos’ work draws on the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements of the period and …


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