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Library Matters: Natural Dyes

Llandaff Library is rich with resources to support the exciting new CSAD natural dye garden project. To whet your appetite we’ve put a few of them  on display on the 2nd floor of the library. Here’s a taster. . . . .

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A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers by Rita Buchanan

Dominique Cardon: Natural Dyes.

The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use, by J N Liles.


Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul

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Natural Dyes by Linda Rudkin. Eco Colour by India Flint. Plant Dyes and Dyeing by John & Margaret Cannon.


Shibori: The inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing.

Click on the links to take you to the library catalogue Metsearch where you can read more about them and search for other books and journals of interest.  You can search by the shelfmark too. Try these for books about dyes, dye plants and the use of dyes with textiles:











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New Books

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

I Swear I Saw This by Michael Taussig

Type Team: Perfect Type Combinations by Tony Sedden

At Night by Alex Quick and Jim Nunn

Futures of Surrealism: myth, science fiction, and fantastic art in France, 1936-1969 by Gavin Parkinson

The Reflective Journal by Barbara Bassot

Christina Ramberg: corset urns & other inventions, 1968-1980

Mark Wallinger by Sally O’Reilly

Wrinkles by Paco Roca


These new books are on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library until Wednesday 13th April. If you would like to read more about them, or place a reservation, follow the links to the library catalogue METSEARCH

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New Books for the New Year

An ectlectic mix of new books for the new year:

30 : 30 Landscape Architecture. Akademie X Lessons in Art + Life. Japan – Nippon. Digital Textile Design.

ARAMASA Taku. Local Architecture. Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo. Designing Here/Now.

Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back. Caterpillage. Menswear Illustration. Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou

On display until 15th January, after which time they can be borrowed. Follow the links or visit the library catalogue to reserve a copy.



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Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones on display

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On display until May 5th in N Block ground floor In Gallery display cabinet in Cardiff School of Art and Design are two multi-part artists’ books Volumes of Vulnerability and Somerset Stones.

Volumes of Vulnerability curated by Susan Johanknecht and Katharine Meynell explores multiple artists’ views on risk and vulnerability and contains 20 artists’ books, a catalogue, an audio tape, a floppy disc and a CD-ROM. The work was published to accompany a touring exhibition ‘Volumes (of vulnerability)’ opening at The Standpoint Gallery 13th January – 20th February 2000 to coincide with the Millennium.

Somerset Stones is a work by Jill Barker revealing her explorations within a theme and comprises a ledger style drop back box containing letterpress and found objects with mirror, digital and woodblock prints, table of contents and description of the work. The work also contains four hardback bound books labelled vols 1 – 4 each containing a pebble and cut paper pages, one digital print of the pebble and a tide table for Watchett Jan-April. ‘Gift from the Sea’ is also part of the work – torn sheets of Somerset white satin paper in a flower press with digital print and stones with eye carving, two beach pebbles mounted on top and fixed with vacuum pack plastic.

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New photography books

This new collection of photography books on the new Book Display illustrates the wide range of material held on the subject within the collection.

Photography is used by practitioners in multiple ways, in Trine Sondergaard Stasis images are of interior shots with a clear associations with 19th century Danish painting and portraits of strudes that depict the oppositional qualities of the skin of the girls’ napes and the metal threads of the embroidery.

Vanessa Winship She dances on Jackson show a social and poetic documentation of a community’s people and space.

Picasso’s photography illustrates his fascination with the medium, it echo’s the rest of his practice, supporting his drawing and paintings as well as documenting himself and his life. Darren Almond in To leave a Light Impression pictures a geological and natural landscape, a still and laminated view of the world.



Trine Søndergaard : stasis

She dances on Jackson

Picasso and photography : the dark mirror

To leave a light impression / Darren Almond


Pierdom / by Simon Roberts

Home truths : photography and motherhood

The dream goes over time / Pierre Gonnord

Le temps retrouvé: Cy Twombly photographe & artistes invités. Vol. I

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The Granny alphabet by Tim Walker

Granny alphabet / photographs by Tim Walker ; illustrated by Lawrence Mynott

Artist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his flamboyant, lavishly staged and surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his unique brand of very British fantasia to a subject close to his and all our hearts: grandmothers. Pour yourself a cup of tea and step into an enchanted realm, where twinkling Miss Marple-types elope to Egypt in head-to-toe tartan, or jet off to Mars on a flying saucer.


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Library Matters: African inspiration for Mother of Africa quilt

Library Matters will be showcasing a wealth of African-related material to generate ideas and creativity for level 4 Textiles students producing quilt squares for the Mothers of Africa project with Maggie Cullinane.

If you can’t wait that long, then read below and drop into the library now to find further sources of inspiration.

A selection of books

Books for inspiration and ideas

Books for inspiration and ideas

From top left to bottom right . . .

  1. The essential art of African textiles
  2. African textiles today
  3. Pictorial archive of geometric designs
  4. Africa remix
  5. African textile patterns
  6. African inspirations in embroidery
  7. Layered, tattered and stitched
  8. Making Welsh quilts

You can find more by searching on Summon.

Browse for books

Use the suggested shelf mark numbers to browse for books in the library

Subject Shelf number
African art 709.6
African textiles 746.096
Quilting 746.46
Embroidery 746.44
Patterns 745.4
Dyeing 746.6

Look at the list of shelf mark numbers in the subject guide for Textiles to browse for more books.  And use Summon too. If you are not sure how to search, then speak to our friendly library staff.


Visit T222 from 26th November for a selection of colourful and visual journals.

Recommended library resources (from Databases A-Z)

WGSN: for contemporary imagery and insight into African fashion, designs and prints.

Bridgeman Education: lots of pictures, photographs of African art, textiles, dress, costume

Berg Fashion Library: a good section covering the history, culture and societal aspect of African dress and textiles

Useful websites

Use the web for ideas and inspiration: here are a couple of suggestions:

The Textiles Collection from University of Creative Arts at Farmham

Victoria & Albert Museum: a good source of information about African art & textiles

University of Colorado Boulder: finding African images on the web

Social media

Try social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.  Be aware of copyright – for most of these images, you can copy and use for your own private study and education, but don’t copy or share for commercial/business purposes.

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New Ceramics Books

This collection of new books reflects the diversity and often overlook range of subject matter within ceramics. Technical, historical, critical and illustrative material is available within this new display and includes:

Edmund de Waal -one of the countries leading ceramic practitioners, this new publication is a wonderful comprehensive survey of his career to date, featuring texts by Emma Crichton-Miller, AS Byatt, Colm Toibin and Peter Carey. It takes you through his ceramic career with a series of essays and analysis revealing the life of de Waal with thoughtful documentation of his studio, major exhibitions and installations.


Firing Thoughts explores the relationship between ceramics and drawing, profiling 21 makers and their diverse use of drawing as a preliminary stage to investigate ideas and themes, including Claire Curneen, Walter Keeler, Susan Halls and Lucie Rie.


Shaping Earth – brings together concepts and practice, with compilation of essays that illustrate a selection of international artists connection to the use of ceramics within architecture and industry. The book examines the relevance of large scale ceramics and the shifting context it occupies.

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New Books

Here is a selection of new books currently on the New Book Display on the top floor of the library. They will be available for loan from 15 November 2014.

Martin Creed : what’s the point of it?

This is the first comprehensive survey of this brilliant artist’s work to be presented in Great Britain. It takes on the full range of his expansive art, spanning its most minimal moments – a crumpled ball of paper – to room-sized installations, large-scale kinetic sculptures and a major new outdoor commission. It also illustrates some of the key moments in Creed’s development over the past two decades into one of this county’s most ingenious, audacious and though-provoking artists.



Next nature

Biblical art from Wales

Judy Chicago : and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin

David Lynch : the factory photographs



Robert Indiana : the American Dream

Anselm Kiefer studios

Burtynsky : water / photographs

Under the influence : John Deakin, photography and the lure of Soho

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Q-Art Presents …

Q-Art is a student and graduate run art organisation that aims to break down the barriers to art education and the contemporary art world and support people into, through and beyond art education. Its focal activity is an open crit, which is run monthly across various UK art colleges and gallery spaces for anyone to attend or present work in.

Q-Art publications include:


11 course leaders : 20 questions : a collection of interviews with 11 London BA fine art course leaders

12 gallerists : 20 questions : a collection of interviews with 12 London gallerists

15 methods : 20 questions : interviews with UK art and design educators uncovering the process, value and potential of art education

Art crits : 20 questions : a pocket guide : featuring interviews with UK fine art staff on the topic of the art crit






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