Monday, February 1, 2016

An Anthology of Decorated Papers

Courtesy Thames and Hudson

An Anthology of Decorated Papers
A Sourcebook for Designers
By P.J.M. Marks

A collection of gorgeously reproduced decorated papers alongside a thoughtful and carefully researched history of this often-overlooked art.

p 12  Paper from the Réveillon workshop in Paris, c. 1745. (detail)
© 2016 The British Library

Decorated papers have been used for centuries, from early as early as 105 AD in the Chinese courts, up to when Benjamin Franklin produced bank notes which were marbled to avoid fraud.  They have been used as wrapping, in bookbinding, as liners, stationary and art. This luxe publication is filled with glorious papers which will thrill almost anyone, especially those with a love of design and the decorative arts.

p 15  Comb-marbled end-leaf from John Evelyn’s gold-tooled leather prayer book, a present from his sister Elizabeth in 1685. (detail) © 2016 The British Library

Sourced from the Olga Hirsch Collection at the British Library, one of the largest and most varied collections of decorated papers in the world, the author, P.J.M. Marks takes us on a journey through examples of brocade paper, block-printed paper, paste papers, gilded, marbled papers and more.

p 130 Eighteenth-century German brocade paper on a green background. Patterned textiles often featured similar motifs. (detail) © 2016 The British Library

P.J.M. Marks is curator of book-bindings at the British Library. Her previous books include The British Library Guide to Bookbinding, Treasures in Focus: Decorated Papers and Beautiful Bookbindings. 

Thank you to Thames & Hudson for the review copy of this book. It can be purchased for your library here

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donna baker said...

What wondrous things people were able to create so long ago. Were we able to travel back in time to see how these artisans lived.

Linda Pakravan said...

I love paper, in all its forms. This title is now on my acquisition list!

Thank you! Have a good week Karena!

pve said...

I love how art and design can tell a story - starting with paper. What a wonderful book full of beautiful designs to inspire.

Katie Clooney said...

These are positively gorgeous, Karena!! Thanks for sharing!

Zachariah Teh said...

fascinating to read i like it

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Happy valentines day 2016 photography session in sydney said...

Awesome work with paper....loved it!!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

So beautiful! I loved the marbled papers.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful...I do love the marbled papers..I have some vintage books that have marbled them!
Have a great week Karena!

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Teresa Gardner said...

This looks to be a beautiful book and a good design resource. Years ago, I took a paper marbling workshop at the KCAI and still have all my papers! I just can't part with them and have used a few in small projects.

Xareenna Meyer said...

its so brilliant i like it looking forward for more pictures

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Vel Criste said...

Beautiful! I didn't know there was a resource like this available! Thanks Karena!

peggy braswell said...

just beautiful + i didn't realize

La Petite Gallery said...

I have really enjoyed this post. I love the history of wallpapper too.
Have a great day. yvonne

therelishedroost said...

Wonderful Karena!

Karen said...

I love beautiful papers. This book would be fun to read. I'll check it out.
I enjoy the history of beautiful items.

D. A. Wolf said...

These papers are so beautiful. Truly works of art. I wish it were a little easier to incorporate them into contemporary homes.

Chronica Domus said...

I adore marbled paper and this book has my interest piqued. I shall put it on my "wish list", thank you.

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

I have an obsession with pretty papers and stationery. I'm on the hunt for the perfect wallpaper to do an accent wall in my daughter's room. I have some ideas but I may wait until she's a bit older, at 2.5, they're always into things and something tells me she might pick at the paper. Thanks for the beautiful examples here! Warmly, Karla

Heather Lindstrom said...

I'm such a fan of marbled papers. These images are beautiful, Karena!
xx, Heather

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING KARENA! Paper is one of my favorite elements! And the lovely colors you share are inspiring me! Thank you so much for coming to comment on my post. I had problems getting the comment page to work and finally, I did it! Much love to you on this day!

Catherine Robinson said...

I adore paper Karena....and the British Library, a fabulous place to spend a few hours!
Have a good week!

Cindy Hattersley said...

I adore marbled paper. This book looks fantastic. Thanks for giving us a heads up Karena!!

La Petite Gallery said...

Just popping in to see your post again. That paper is what an Artist friend
uses in her paper sculptures and collages. yvonne

gésbi said...

These are beautiful- a book to follow up on.
Thank you, Karena!

LBDDiaries said...

I also love beautiful paper - I have some luxury wrapping paper I received years ago and I can't use it. It is far too beautiful! These are amazing! Love the gold on green!

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This decoration is simple yet artistic.

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