Originally published in 1856, Owen Jones’s Grammar of Ornament is still in print, with its most recent re-publication this year by Ivy Press.
Title page from original 1856 edition
Owen Jones was an architect and designer who taught Applied Arts at South Kensington School of Design in the 1850s and Superintendent of Works at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The Grammar of Ornament represents Jones’s theories on design and features patterns and ornament from around the world from sources as diverse as ancient Egypt to India and China and in particular the Islamic world.
Moresque No 5 Plate XLII Design for tiles
Jones’s theories on the use of colour, geometry and abstraction continue to resonate with designers today. It was the definitive sourcebook in 1856 and remains so today.
Get inspiration for your own designs by viewing the original edition held in the Art & Design Library’s collections. Recent editions are available to borrow through our catalogue.
Regular visitors to Central Library may know that the Art & Design Library holds a historic collection of children’s illustrated books by Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, and Arthur Rackham, many of which can be viewed on Capital Collections.
We’re adding to this collection with a new special collection of contemporary children’s illustrators focusing on mainly illustrators working in Scotland. Books illustrated and/or written by illustrators Catherine Rayner, Alison Murray, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Ross Collins are now available to view in the Art & Design Library.
Examples of children’s illustrated picture books provide a valuable resource for students of illustration and we’re hoping that the start of this new collection will inspire artists and designers both today and in the years to come.
View our collection at http://bit.ly/childrensillustrators. Please note these items held in the Art & Design Library are for use in the Library only but there are plenty of lending copies available from Central Children’s and community libraries.
Children grown? Donations of picture books to this new collection can be placed with the Art & Design Library. Please contact email@example.com if you wish to donate a picture book. Please note we can only accept items in good condition.
We’re getting ready for a trip ‘Around the world with Bookbug’ to mark Bookbug Week (16 – 22 May).
Libraries are already working on ways to make this another fun-filled Bookbug Week and there will be special events in many libraries to mark the occasion. Please contact your local library here for more details. You’re welcome to join in the conversation on twitter using the#bookbugweek hashtag
The international theme will inspire children and adults alike to explore songs and rhymes from around the globe, and is a chance to celebrate a real library success story.
The Bookbug programme is managed by Scottish Book Trust but run in partnership with libraries, health professionals and nurseries. The programme encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible, developing a lifelong love of books in children all over Scotland. As well as a host of activities in libraries, every year in Edinburgh, nearly 7000 bookbug packs are gifted to children before they start primary school
This year’s festival a celebration of words inspiring children to enjoy reading, writing and other creative activities takes place in Craigmillar, Portobello and Piershill Libraries in the east of the City.
There are lots of activities for local primary schools but also events open to the public.
Library staff are teaming up with Into Film, Puppet Animation Scotland, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and the Scottish Poetry Library to deliver an exciting programme of creative writing and illustration workshops, animation screenings and lots more.
Central Library’s latest display shows two very different artistic perspectives on World War One.
Although commissioned by the War Propaganda Bureau, the drawings of Britain’s first official war artist, Muirhead Bone, give a restricted eye witness account of life on the front line. He depicts the quiet desolation of the aftermath of battle rather than the gruesome reality of conflict.
A Via Dolorosa: Mouquet Farm, by Muirhead Bone, 1917
Louis Raemaekers approach is startlingly different. His cartoons, produced for the Amsterdam Telegraaf, criticised German brutality and leadership and supported the Allied cause. They combine biting critique, comical satire and hideous characterisations.
The Bill by Louis Raemaekers, 1917
Two artists, one war is on display on the mezzanine level of Central Library until 26th May.
May’s exhibition in the Art Library is a lovely collection of photographs by Amelia Modrak.
Amelia tells us about her work:
I started taking photographs in my late twenties using disposable cameras. I enjoyed taking pictures of landscapes and urban architecture. Later on, in my thirties, I got an Olympus Camera as a farewell gift by my workmates, and I started taking photographs of more things, especially details or things that caused me some type of emotion. Currently, in my forties, I am working on everyday life images that embody the beauty and misery of reality.
Amelia doesn’t digitally enhance or alter any of her images, as she wishes to portray things as they are, hence the exhibition title: The Value of Reality.