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You can never have too many books!

There are new inspirational books out on the market everyday. My "to read" pile keeps piling up, and yet the moment I see something new and enticing out there, Amazon, here I come...

My latest favorite is a magnificent compilation of art by Charley Harper brought together by the designer Todd Oldham. Its a huge book, about 18" x 12". It's so big, turning the pages is almost a workout. Each page reveals another masterpiece. I loved the interesting interviews Todd conducted with Charley, (excuse the first name basis). Back in the 50s Charles Harper illustrated for the Ford Times, a small magazine. He illustrated for books, including Betty Crocker cookbooks. He illustrated for many advertising campaigns, and designed posters for parks and nature centers. His most remarkable works, I believe, are his illustrations of animals, birds in particular.

I love geometric shapes. The clean lines of a triangle or circle make things so clear to me. My work in fiber is geometric. It just makes sense to me. Charley Harper is probably the greatest manipulator of geometrics I have ever come across. With a few shapes (oh, and color, of course), he can draw a bird twisting to preen it's feathers, or stooping to pick up a morsel of food. Just a few lines and some wonderful hues and the moment comes to life.

Google Charley. I think you are in for a treat.

napaneedlepoint  – (March 31, 2008 at 7:29 AM)  

I'm a Charley Harper addict myself. I've loved him since I was about 10 and got his Giant Golden Book of biology.

Someone (I can't remember who) has licensed his designs for needlepoint and I keep meaning to do one.

Keep Stitching,

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