Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Bookcase Tour Giveaway - 20s Kimonos

I haven't been terribly consistent in my Bookcase Tour Tuesday posts.  I'd like to change that, and am asking for your help.  I'd love to know what you'd like to see, but more about that in a moment... first, some book eye candy... the book I'm giving away...



"The patterns used on kimono in the Taisho era (1912-1926) were composed, generous, bright and vivid.... when the tides of change were at work altering many aspects of Japanese society, the Taisho experienced an intermingling of the old and the new.  A brilliant popular culture blossomed in the resulting creative chaos." (from the book's introduction)


I  love the fabric designs that came out of Japan during this era.  There is a heavy Art Deco and Art Nouveau influence and you can almost feel the excitement of a culture opening its doors to the world outside.


There is a real sense of fun and humour to the bold patterns of this time.


Funnily enough, I have a pair of pajama bottoms that have this red print on them.


This period is filled with vibrant and colourful designs.




This book comes with a CD (PC and Mac compatible) with 100 magnificent designs from this era. 


Now lean in very closely while I whisper... I don't want the Man to hear... I'm giving away a copy of this book because... I loved it so much I accidentally bought two copies!


The giveaway is open all, I'll post it anywhere.  I'll draw and announce the winner on Tuesday October 12th (my time) in that day's Bookcase Tour post.  To enter, please take a few moments to answer my survey (link below) to help me decide what books to show you from my rather loaded bookcase.


Click here to take survey

24 comments:

Ingrid said...

Hi Melanie
Loved reading your book tour reviews. Fascinating to learn a little more about kimonos. What a beautiful book with such vivd images.
Fingers crossed!
Ingrid
(BYW)

Red Hen (dette) said...

Survey done! This is a lovely book. I love all things 1920' and 30's I have a set of prints from china from that time and they are gorgeous.
Thanks for the photo tips below. I'm going to come back and read them thoroughly when I get a moment or three!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Lovely book!!! Pick me, Pick me....survey done hope it is useful for you :-)

origa-me said...

Love your 'confession'. It only happens to me with boring stuff when I forget that I already have one.
Your bookcase review is waaay better than Amazon LOL.
Carole

Sandrine said...

Your book case tour is soo unique and beautiful, I hope you will keep it going x

Lisa said...

Melanie, I haven't been over here in forever. In fact, I think your blog has undergone a dramatic redesign since my last visit. I haven't been online much at all for several months. In any case, your flickr photo caught my interest and here I am. The book looks deliciously juicy and ripe with potential inspiration. If I promise to drop by more often, may I enter the drawing?!

Lilli boo said...

Hello, survey completed, always hyappy to give positive feedback....a great idea and a fantastic theme. It's great to have some really thorough research being done on topics I love! Thanks Melanie ;-)

Yana said...

Onyl just discovered your blog through CurlyPops Blogtoberfest page. Look forward to having a read of the Bookcase Tour posts. I've also done the survey, hope its useful :)

Emjie said...

Hi! I just started following your blog.
I love that book and find the Japanese aesthetic to be beautiful and fascinating.

Jan said...

Another explorer led by the intrepid CurlyPops. I'll be back to have a good poke around. That book looks very interesting and a Mac compatible CD - wonderful.

CurlyPops said...

I'm so silly - I went off and did the survey and then forgot to come back and enter to win that beautiful book!
I have a similar one with old floral designs and I love it!

michelle said...

the book looks delicious as does your blog. i'm set to indulge in some lovely exploring

L-A-E dans l'A T-I-T-I-A said...

Great source of inspirations for the Japanese culture lover that I am...I'm jealous! If I get the book I send you one of my japanese inspired linocut... you can have a look on my site http://www.laetitia-art-design.com.au/linocut.html
That is not called bribing, it is fair trade :-) Have a great day!
Laetitia

Brianna said...

Great idea, I popped over and completed the survey for you as well.

nicole said...

survey complete!
those patterns are absolutely amazing! definitely drool-worthy!
happy blogtoberfest!!!

angelina said...

hi, thank you for the chance !x

Bec said...

I love kimono fabric and designs. Also things from the 20s & 30s :)

Nydia said...

Loved the book tour idea, loved the giveaway, loved the blog...

sue said...

What a divine book - thanks for sharing that with us all. sigh - how lovely are those fabrics?

alipink said...

Exquisite book! I've completed the survey and am keeping my fingers crossed that I'm a winner.

Larissa said...

Hi, I've taken the survey!! Hope it's useful to you. The book is absolutely beautiful, I would love to be able to share it with my daughter who is studying Japanese and loves the culture. Thank you for the chance!

ally said...

Please count me in. I love a good book!
Ally <'v'>

AlessandraLace said...

I love your blog and book. just to say this to you. hugs

Weatherbee ;) said...

What an amazing book. I actually lived in Japan for a year and was amazed by all of the fun colors and designs. So beautiful. Hope I'm not too late for the giveaway!

~Teresa ;)

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