Category Archives: CSAD

New Books

Do check out the displays around the library of new books – many of which are on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.


Mid-Century Modern Complete (745.2 BRA)

One mighty big read, featured here, is Dominic Bradbury’s Mid Century Modern Complete from Thames & Hudson . . .

“This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. Mid-century furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters are covered, as well as architecture and interior design, exemplifying post-war optimism and energy, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’.

Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, whether based in Scandinavia, Western Europe, America, Japan, Brazil or Australia. They include icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer.

An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organisations, schools and movements.

The book showcases both classic designs and mass-produced items as well as little-seen rarities and unusual objets d’art. Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home”.

All books on display can be borrowed.



Leave a comment

Filed under CSAD, Design books

Morocco travels

We’re delighted that the CSAD Level 5 Field project students could explore our Artists’ Books Collection before their journey to Marrakesh in January. As their Lecturer, Chris Glynn said “students inspired, seeds sown”. Job done! We’re even more delighted that their resulting work is now on display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library. On show until 24th April.



Special thanks to Chris Glynn & students for showing the sights of Morocco this lunchtime & their marvellous artistic creations




Leave a comment

Filed under CSAD, CSAD Field Project, Exhibition, Uncategorized

Library Treasures

Is it too early to begin spring cleaning the collections?  Not when you find treasures such as these  . . . .


This ephemera will be integrated into the existing collection of Cardiff School of Art & Design materials in the library’s Special Collections at Llandaff.

ephemeraIncluded are exhibition and degree show catalogues, prospectuses, posters, recordings and also slides of students’ work.


To make an appointment to access material in the Special Collections, please email

Leave a comment

Filed under Cardiff School of Art & Design, CSAD, Library Treasures, Special Collections

Magical Objects: Masks & Reliquaries of the World

Cardiff School of Art & Design: Level 5 Field Project, ground floor Llandaff Library


With thanks to Dr James Green and students from Fine Art, Artist Designer: Maker, Illustration, Textiles, Product Design and Graphic Communication: Lucy Allen, Antonella Chiappa , Mervyn Colley, Kris Doyle, Rose Edwards, Keira Evans, Rhiannon Evans, Lauren Goodwin, Remus Ionescu-Blower, Lily Jennnings, Lizzie Jones, Leanne Katchi, Eleanor Marley, Eleri Normington, Kayleigh Parmley, Beth Plumbley, Vicki Pumford, Zachary Rees, Elle Rees, Isabel Reeves, Aron Samuel-Thomas, Ruth Southwood, Sophia Tarling, Tazmin Thomas, Codey Thomas, Harry Waring, Lieucu Williams and Isabelle Wishart.

Leave a comment

Filed under CSAD, CSAD Field Project, Exhibition, Masks

Watch this space!


Ground floor – Llandaff Library

Leave a comment

Filed under Cardiff School of Art and Design, CSAD, Masks

Dress to Impress

The new display of Art and Design books in the Library includes titles that explore the use of felt in the world of Fashion. There are also books that focus on branding and promotion.

Leave a comment

Filed under book, Cardiff School of Art & Design, CSAD, fashion, Images, Library, New books display, Uncategorized

CSAD students’ artists’ books on show in Llandaff Library

P1040685a P1040705a P1040678a P1040711a P1040712a P1040697aFollowing on from participation in workshops at SCOLAR (Ron King’s Circle Press books) and in Cardiff Metropolitan’s Artists’ Books Collection, CSAD students undertook an artists’ books project with Tom Martin, learning different techniques in print, paper making and bookbinding.  We are delighted to display some of the finished books on the ground floor of Llandaff Library alongside some of the inspirational books from our library’s own Artists’ Books Collection.

“An exhibition encasing hand bound and printed artist’s books. Exploring the definition of what is classified as a book and challenging the boundaries of any conventions, through experimentation with print, hand-made papers, typeface and use of unusual materials. Taking inspiration from a selection of artists’ books from Llandaff Library’s Special Collections, students and staff from Cardiff School of Art and Design make their own unique response, exploiting a diverse range of techniques in print making: mono print, lino print, screen print and collagraph along with added extra elements: pockets; hidden folds and found objects such as: feather, leaves, moss and hair.”  Sarah Thomas,  Exhibition Curator

Thanks to Sarah Thomas and Felicity Lockyear for curating this display and to the artists Gemma Schiebe, Julia Hopkins, Kim Jones, Sophie Burrows, Felicity Lockyear and Sarah Thomas.


Filed under Artists Books, CSAD