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Dive into the world of bookbinding with BOOKFORMS

Immerse yourself in a new book, one you create from start to finish!

With Bookforms: A complete guide to designing and crafting hand-bound books, from the Center for Book Arts, you’ll learn to create beautiful and unique handbound books in a variety of styles and formats.

Bookforms introduces you to the art and craft of both Western and Asian bookbinding. You’ll not only learn its history, but also how you can handcraft your own books. Projects include:

  • Accordion Books
  • Soft Leather Covers
  • Coptic Bindings
  • Pamphlets
  • And more!

BOOKFORMS

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO DESIGNING AND CRAFTING HAND

BOUND BOOKS, FROM THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

Brought to you by the instructors at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Bookforms (Rockport Publishers / January 22, 2019 / $30.00 US) is a comprehensive guide for making books by hand with a focus on functionality in design.

Bookforms presents all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. It traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses, and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.

Topics covered include:

  • Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past.
  • What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition.
  • How materials affect function.

Bookforms tackles a wide range of projects for all levels of bookbinders. You’ll see everything from sewn and ticketed blank books and traditional western codex book forms, to scrapbooks and albums, Asian stab-sewn bindings, unusual structures, and aesthetics/embellishments. What better time to dive into this venerable and unique hobby than now?

The Center for Book Arts is one of the few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book. Founded in 1974 in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. The Center promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. It facilitates communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts. They achieve their mission through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.

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Curl up and embroider the winter away with two great needlework books!

Hand Sewing Magic

Essential Know-How for Hand Stitching

By Lynn Krawczyk

Hand Sewing Magic is an essential reference to all things stitching, featuring how-tos for dozens of stitches, from the basics for sewing and mending to stunning embroidered embellishment.

Hand Sewing Magic is a modern, all-in-one guide for hand stitchers of all levels of skill and experience, and for all applications. In this unique guide book you will:

  • Get an in-depth overview of essential tools and materials, including thread, needles, fabric, and other key supplies.
  • Explore a comprehensive visual dictionary of 35 stitches plus dozens of variations, from basic mending to stylish decorative embellishment to unique art stitching.
  • Discover key techniques, from starting and ending threads to the right way to use an embroidery hoop, from stitching curved shapes to color shading, and more.
  • Learn essential tips and tricks from influential and innovative stitchers, including Joanne Sharpe, Allison Aller, and Catherine Redford.
  • 10 simple and stunning projects show unique ways to use stitches and techniques.

With Hand Sewing Magic, you’ll make the most of your hand stitching and give all your projects a beautiful handmade look.

Paperback | 144 pages | ISBN: 9781589239685 | $24.99 US, $32.99 CAN | Published December 4, 2018

About the author:

Lynn Krawczyk is a mixed-media surface design artist who focuses on pattern and color. Her work features painting, drawing, and hand stitching on both fabric and paper. Lynn has written nearly 50 magazine articles for such publications as Quilting Arts Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Uppercase, Fiber Art Now, and Sew Somerset, and is the author of The Hand-Stitched Surface (CPi, 2017) and Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art (Interweave, 2014).She also has a collection of floss with thread manufacturer Aurifil, Inked by Lynn Krawczyk, as well as three instructional DVD workshops with Quilting Arts/F&W Media: Print, Design, Compose; Color Theory Made Easy; andThermofax Screen Printing Essentials. Lynn teaches surface design workshops at various venues throughout the United States. She lives in Plymouth, Michigan.


I Love My Dog Embroidery

380 Stitch Motifs for Dog Moms and Dads

By MakikoArt

I Love My Dog Embroidery is a collection of 380 adorable dog-themed stitch motifs for pooch parents and their beloved fur babies, with project ideas, how-tos, and templates.

Created by embroidery artist MakikoArt and six other amazing embroidery artists, this “dog fanciful” collection of stitch motifs celebrates all things canine. With this lovely embroidery guide, you can create all manner of pups, including:

  • The sweet Labrador retriever, fluffy poodle, noble German shepherd, and many others
  • Dogs doing what they do best—classic poses, postures, and tricks—like “roll over,” “give me your paw,” and the ever-popular “rub my tummy”
  • Pooches disguised as people—the farmer, the artist, the businessman—and who can resist the sneaky but lovable mailman?
  • Mutts in different styles and shapes, including borders, frames, and alphabets

You’ll also find guidance on how to customize a motif to fit your favorite Fido, plus a gallery of project ideas for showcasing your stitches. So grab a needle and floss and take everything in your home and wardrobe from drab to double-dog fabulous!

Paperback | 120 Pages | ISBN: 9781631596131 | $19.99 US, $25.99 CAN | Published: December 11, 2018

About the author:

Oksana Kokovkina — better known to her fans as MakikoArt—is a textile artist and jewelry designer noted for her naive and whimsical animal embroidery motifs, especially her hand-stitched custom pet portrait brooches. Born in St. Petersburg, she currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

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Matt Smith is MAPPLETHORPE

MAPPLETHORPE evokes tangible time and place in its every frame. A phenomenal performance from lead Matt Smith and arresting historical deference. Mapplethorpe was a complicated person, and the film admirably leans into that complexity.”

Lena Wilson, SLATE

“Timoner’s gutsiness is shared (and then some) by her star Matt Smith. Nothing holds Smith back from making Mapplethorpe come alive again, in every sense.”

Dan Callahan, THE WRAP

“A superb performance by Matt Smith. A bold and brilliant performance, an act of possession, really.”

Keith Uhlich, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

The film depicts Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here, he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground.  Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. Exploring the intersection of his art, his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition, MAPPLETHORPE offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

Directed by: Ondi Timoner

Written by: Ondi Timoner, Mikko Alanne

Cast: Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kerry Butler

Release Date:  March 1st, 2019

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

TRT:  102 min.

Producers: Eliza Dushku, Ondi Timoner, Nate Dushku, Richard J. Bosner

Executive Producer: Peter Palandjian, Sam Maydew

Composer: Marcelo Zavos

Director of Photography: Nancy Schreiber

Editors: Lee Percy, John Allen, Ondi Timoner

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release MAPPLETHORPE on March 1st, 2019

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Say “Ciao!” to the Taste of Italy With New Gourmet Italian Products from Tuscanini Foods

From the rolling hills of Italy, Tuscanini Foods is rolling out a new lineup of gourmet food products that bring the taste of Italy to your table for a truly authentic Italian dining experience.

This superior brand of foods is imported from Italy, famously identified for its traditions and age-old recipes. From the mountainous Dolomite region to the idyllic Sardinia Island, products are sourced from artisans that specialize in offering only the best quality ingredients.

The host of products from Tuscanini – from naturally sparkling cold pressed beverages to bronze cut Italian pasta – allow consumers to cook-up original homemade Italian favorites and provide delicious gourmet options for year-round cooking.

Distributed by NJ-based Kayco (www.kayco.com), a leader in specialty food products, Tuscanini (www.tuscaninifoods.com) products meet the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship and gourmet cuisine.  All products are produced with natural ingredients, nothing artificial and are certified OU kosher.

The following authentic Italian imports are coming to grocery shelves in 2019:

Balsamic Vinegar (MRP $7.99 / 8.45 oz.)

This Balsamic Vinegar offers of ultimate Italian experience with its complex flavor and beautiful glass bottle and cork closure.

Italian Pastas (MRP $3.99 / 16 oz.)

Dried pasta has been the mainstay of Italian cuisine for centuries. These 100% Durum Semolina pastas are bronze cut to create a porous, home-style texture that showcases the sauce in every bite. The high-end collection includes a variety of shapes: Gigli (ruffle-edged cones), Pennoni (a somewhat more substantial version of Penne), Trottole(“spinning top”), tricolor Conchiglie (seashells), and tricolor Fusilli (corkscrews).

Pasta Sauces (MRP $4.99 / 24.3 oz. jars)

These four authentic toppings evoke warm, sun-kissed Italian summers. Every jar of Tuscanini pasta sauce features 40 fresh tomatoes from the Parma region, harvested at the peak of ripeness. Traditional Pizza Sauce,Naopoletana Pasta SauceClassic Marinara Sauce, and Zesty Marinara Sauce pair perfectly with Tuscanini’s home-style Italian Pastas.

Tomato Paste (MRP $1.99 / 7.05 oz.)

Ripe, luscious tomatoes grown under the Tuscan sun are triple-concentrated for an intense burst of fresh flavor. Convenient, re-sealable tube lets you use only what you need with no waste. All-natural and non-GMO project certified.

Peperonata

Recipe By Gabe Garcia

A simple rustic Italian sauce with the main ingredient being bell peppers will go great with any type of fish but will shine with fried fish.  It can be served hot or cold.

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, smashed

3 bay leaves

2 tablespoons Tuscanini Tomato Paste

1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 bell peppers, julienned

1 cup Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc or other dry white wine

1 cup water

1/4 cup basil chiffonade

2 tablespoons Tuscanini Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Pour olive oil into a large pot and place it over medium flame.  Once the oil begins to smoke add onion, garlic, and bay leaves.  Cook until the onions are translucent.

  2. Next add tomato paste, salt, and black pepper. Cook until the tomato paste has darkened, about five minutes.  Add the peppers continue cooking until they have softened, about another 10 minutes.

  3. Add wine and water.  Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.  This will give the peppers time to break down further.

  4. Uncover the pot and turn the heat back up and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated.  To finish, take off the heat and remove the bay leaves.  Stir in basil, balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

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A Ocean Fun Game – SHARK BITE

Get ready to have a REEL-y good time when you play Shark Bite!

Snag the fish and be the winner, but if the shark jumps, you’ll be his dinner! Place the fun and colorful sea creatures into the game unit with a snap, and grab your friends to start playing. Players take turns rolling the die and fishing for the sea creatures using the fishing rods. But watch out – you never know when the shark is going to bite!

This battery-free game will have kids hooked at first bite! Made by the o-FISH-cial creators of Let’s Go Fishin‘. For 2-4 players, ages 4 and up.

Game Contents:

  • 1 Hungry shark
  • 12 Colorful sea creatures
  • 1 Fishing rod
  • 1 Die
  • 1 Sticker sheet
  • Complete Instructions
This is a perfect game for kids who love sea animals and ocean culture. Playing with other kids, having fun with friend, the adventure right starts!
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So you forgot tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day…here are some tips

[ENCLOSED] –  the world’s only gift service, focused on helping gentlemen find romantic lingerie gifts for the women they love. Antonia Townsend, the founder of [ENCLOSED] has selected more than 57,479 gifts, almost all from men to women. This makes her a bit of an expert in one thing; Valentine’s Day gifts!

 5 mistakes the Valentine-Shopping Man Should Avoid in 2019:

1.   It’s Not All About You:

Just because you have a passion for green underwear that relates back to your 3rd grade science teacher does not mean you should buy her the forest green bra, stockings and panties. Listen to what she likes and what she feels comfortable with. Perhaps she hates her belly. Even if you honestly adore that tummy, choose items that minimize the focus on that area. Bodysuits, nighties and robes are wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts that don’t highlight the middle. Similarly, if you know she does like something about herself-perhaps she’s got those buff mom arms-then select accordingly. A bralette set is perfect for the woman with awesome guns.

2.   But It Is About The Two Of You:

It is Valentine’s Day after all, the day of love and romance. If you are a couple, think about what reflects the two of you. Perhaps your wedding colors were blue and white; buck the red and pink tradition and get her blue and white lingerie. Or you are dating and want to show her you are listening; select a lingerie set in her favorite color.

3.   Size:

This is the one that makes men SO NERVOUS. Like high-school dance with acne nervous. My number one piece of advice here is do not try to buy her a bra in a cup size. (e.g. those confusing algorithm-like 32B, 36DD number letter combos.) Even if you “know” her bra size, every brand is different and bras really do need to be tried on, therefore stick with the small-medium-large items that are much more forgiving. To avoid this use services such as [Enclosed] with basic information on the recipient, the experts at [ENCLOSED] hand-pick a personalized lingerie item for each recipient from the finest luxury designers worldwide.  The gift arrives in a signature purple box surrounded by dried rose pedals. No need to plan ahead with [ENCLOSED] as they offer overnight shipping. From size, style, quality to fit and beautiful packaging, you can be sure the gift you pick will fit your date.

4.   Quality Over Quantity

No, you don’t have to spend over $500 (although you can.) But whatever you do, don’t go cheap. The point of giving her lingerie is to give her a fine, feminine treat that she wouldn’t buy for herself. Better to give her one pair of ultra-high-quality panties than a low-quality 4-piece set. To be explicit, do not go to Victoria’s Secret for a gift. It’s an awesome brand for women for many reasons, but it’s not designed to help gents find really extraordinary gifts for the women they love.

5.   Do Not Go It Alone; Enlist Experts:

Picking out lingerie that makes a woman feel classy, sexy and sensual (not trashy) is hard! Enlist female experts who do this for a living and you will look like a hero. When she receives her luxe Valentine’s Day gift in an elegant purple box surrounded by dried rose pedals, you will be “the man” whose stock and allure just went through the roof. The [ENCLOSED] motto is tried and true in 20 countries: We do the work, he gets the credit.

About Antonia Townsend:

Antonia Townsend is the Founder and “Chief Knicker Officer” of [ENCLOSED] — the first lingerie gift-giving service specifically designed to empower men to create high-end, romantic gift experiences for the women they love.

Since launching in 2013, the San Francisco-based e-commerce lingerie subscription company has generated multimillion-dollars in revenue while servicing 30,000 customers in 20 countries. Prior to launching [ENCLOSED], Townsend spent nearly 25 years working as a CEO, CMO and c-suite executive for companies including Clear and Edit.com.

She earned her BA from Wesleyan University and her MBA from Columbia University. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and baby. Headshot available upon request.

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