Inspirational Source Books are one of my ‘things’. I have always been a bookaholic. No wonder then why I became a writer of source books myself. You can check out all my current books on the website. They include unusual titles of use to textile artists such as Flaking Paint.
Gone are the days when I wrote exclusively about garden plants (although I have two garden books in the pipeline. Nowadays I tend to spend my time writing about textiles, creating ecourses or writing knitting patterns (something I have done for over thirty years). You can find my textiles and my ecourses on the website too.
Still I have always had a good collection of books. I have been adding a few to that collection in the past few weeks whilst my shoulder has been healing. I look for books that are to do with pattern or history, with great photos. Not to use per se, but to give me ideas that I can explore.
I am grateful to have a set of the White Star publishing ancient history books. These are real treasures with some of the best photography I have seen in books. Unfortunately the publisher has been bought out and you might have to buy secondhand.
One of my very favourite books is about world textiles. It is truly wondrous.
Of late I have been adding books on Damascus Tiles, Mosques and Islam. All coffee table style but all with good photos and informative text.
I always find that if you cannot travel, buying a book is a good idea. You can be transformed to foreign lands and be inspired by wonders you have never seen. Or study familiar objects through new eyes. For instance I have been studying Islamic Architecture for over 45 years. I still manage to find new inspiration to inform my own work and to teach.
WHERE DOES IT LEAD?
It might not lead anywhere. You might have ideas that you do not pursue for one reason or another, but at least you are opening and broadening your mind. Sooner or later something clicks. I am embarking on a new phase of work thanks to my new inspirational source books.
Words, work and images (except of the books) Karen Platt 2021