A Visual Language

A Visual Language : Elements of Design

By (author) David Cohen , By (author) Scott Anderson

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This is a practical approach to the theory of visual language, taking the basics of line, shape, tone, colour, texture, form, scale, space and light and discussing how to use them. The first half of the book talks about how artists can use these elements to create their own visual language and how this can be applied to develop their own work. This text is illustrated with the ceramic work of David Cohen. The second half of the book is divided into sections, each written by a prominent crafts person, expounding on how they have developed and used their own visual language. These craftspeople are: Alison Kinnaird (glass engraver), Jack Cunningham (jeweller), John Creed (metalworker), Graham Stewart (silversmith) and Anna King (weaver).

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 188 x 242 x 10mm | 358.34g
  • 01 Apr 2008
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 100
  • 0713667737
  • 9780713667738
  • 476,417

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David Cohen taught at Edinburgh College of Art for many years and then set up the Ceramics department at the Glasgow School of Art. His work is exhibited all over the world and he a is frequent lecturer both in the UK and north America.

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'This is a fascinating and thought provoking book which opens the mind.' www.artbookreview.net (February 2007) 'In many ways an intruiging book. It is based on a deeply personal approach, enriched by the experience of many years of making and teaching.' Ceramic Review (July 2007)

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