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Book launch: Art Researcher’s guide to Cardiff and South Wales

 This new publication was launched during the ARLIS (Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland) conference at Cardiff Met last night. Read more about it at the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum blog here.

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We had a great workshop in the Special Collections room in Llandaff Library this morning!  Ten students from the Field module: Collage along with James Green came to see a range of artists’ books.  We also gathered some books from the main collection on the subject of collage and about artists using this medium.

Here are just a few . . . .

Hannah Hoch : 1889-1978 collages

Eduardo Paolozzi: sculpture, drawings, collages and graphics

Karl Blossfeldt: working collages

Paper Spirits: collage portraits by Vladimir Sulyagin

Suspects, smokers, soldiers and salesladies

Geest van papier = Spirit of paper

Richard Meier: collages

Collage, assemblage, and the found object

Cut & paste: 21st-century collage













Collage Techniques: a guide for artists and illustrators

Robert Motherwell: early collages

Max Ernst: collages: the invention of the surrealist universe

Manifesto Collage

About collage: Peter Blake

Collage: the making of modern art

Kurt Schwitters: color and collage


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Art in Wales







It was never going to be straightforward is a compendium of the first 13 years of the g39 project; from the first exhibition that opened on 3 July 1998 to the last that closed on 2 July 2011. It marks the years that the project was based in Wyndham Arcade in Cardiff’s city centre – a location that underwent massive changes while we were there. It used to be the edge of the city – chip shops, sex shops and contemporary art. By the time we left it was the heart of the city’s retail district – boutiques, restaurants and no art … ”

– Anthony Shapland, Chris Brown, 2012








A Companion Guide to the Welsh National Museum of Art “This book takes us through 400 years of art, from sixteenth-century Italian altar pieces, through some 0f Europe’s finest ceramics to modern-day film and video. Featuring 150 works, the book intersperses iconic works by Cezanne, Monet and Renoir with the work of European masters including Canaletto, Gainsborough, Turner and Picasso and great Welsh artists like Richard Wilson, Gwen John and Ceri Richards…”









Bryn Richards a retrospective: 75 years of painting since 1937. Published on the occassion of an exhibition held at Oriel y Bont, University of Glamorgan 2012

See and read more about these new books on the current new book display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library – available to view and reserve until 6th February, after which time they can be borrowed.

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The City – CSAD Field Level 4 – 2015

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More new books . . .

The Face . . .

The Self Portrait: A Cultural History 



Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture



 Skull style: skulls in contemporary art and design, curated by Patrice Farameh



Cultures . . .


Kindred Spirits: Native American Influences on 20th Century Art



Children of the Plumed Serpent. The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico



On display on the 2nd floor of zone 1 in Llandaff Library – available to reserve now – on display until Jan 23rd.

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New Books

 Books on books . . . .







In praise of beautiful books: British artists’ book makers and fine presses

Abecederia  Artist’s book. Alphabet book and graphic novel

 The book on books on artists’ books by Arnaud Desjardin

 Multiple signatures: on designers, authors, readers and users


Graphic Communication . . . .



Poster design: big size visuals. Editor, concept and project director Jose Maria Minguet

The field guide to typography: typefaces in the urban landscape by Peter Dawson

Nai¨ve: modernism and folklore in contemporary graphic design



 On display on the 2nd floor at Llandaff Library until 23rd January. They can be reserved using the library catalogue SUMMON.










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Mothers of Africa

A display of image rich library resources can still be seen on the second floor of Zone 3 in the Library at Llandaff.






Whilst they have been assembled to support the Textiles Mothers of Africa project, these could be of interest to all students, and will be displayed until Friday 12th December.


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Visit the 2nd floor of zone 3 (the journals area) in the library to see the current display of materials selected on the topic of the Level 4 Constellation assignment ‘Controversy’. They will be there until Friday 14th November.






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New exhibition of artists’ books

Approach the CSAD building in Llandaff, enter, turn left and go through the double doors. On your right you will see a glass display cabinet – the In Gallery. During this week you have the chance to see some of the library’s wonderful collection of artists’ books.


Here are the books with links to the library catalogue where you can read more about them.

5 years set adrift by Henry Ireland

No-one go home by Reijo Karkkainen

Bolom Chon by Ambar Past

Happy birthday matchox by J Wilson

Collection 2 by Philippa Wood

The first also by Philippa Wood

The tyger by Lynda Landers (William Blake)

Tsunami  by Joydeb and Moyna Chitrakar

THE IN GALLERY features weekly exhibitions of work by staff, students and guests of CSAD/Cardiff Metropolitan University. This has been curated by Emma Harry, Third Year Illustration student, CSAD.


More artists’ books can be seen throughout zone 1 of the library: on the ground floor and also in the Special Collections room on the second floor.


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Trend forecasting lecture from WGSN for CSAD students & staff

Don't miss it!

Don’t miss it!

World Global Style Network (WGSN) is one of the leading international fashion forecasting companies. Clients include Next, Marks & Spencer and Tesco.

There are many careers and opportunities in this sector for arts students interested in textiles, fashion, making and design.  They employ a team of researchers, makers/designers, artists, photographers, journalists to analyse, predict and report trends.  As well researching a range of print and online resources, WGSN regularly visit important catwalk shows, retail fashion stores, music festivals, design and trade exhibitions across the world.

WGSN is particularly visual – as well as photographs of fashion and design, you can see close up (macro) images of new and emerging new trends in materials, designs, colours, textiles, fabrics, graphics and prints.  The database is easy to use and is an essential resource for Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Trend forecasting is time consuming and expensive: big companies rely heavily on them to predict and analyse as accurately as possible, how consumers will buy.

Meanwhile at Cardiff Met, you have a wealth of resources that these big companies use (and pay big bucks for) at your finger-tips for free.  The Library and careers information service can teach you how to find this information – so you can research a market, define a trend & assess what’s likely to be popular.

Knowing how to use these resources effectively will earn you bonus points when it comes to finding work in this competitive industry.   If you are self-employed, market research and trend forecasting skills are essential: you can’t develop a business without knowing your market.  And foreseeing a potential gap or trend before anyone else does, will give you an edge.

So join us at Llandaff (C022 lecture theatre) on Wednesday 8th October from 10am-12pm with WGSN rep, Anjalee Patel, to find more about how the company has become a leader in trend forecasting, and what career opportunities are available in this sector.

© Image by Nick Knight, adapted for this post by Catherine Finch

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