Following the phenomenal success of The Cute Book (2007) and Aranzi Cute Stuff (2008) - both available from Turnaround - Vertical now presents the latest craft book from Aranzi Aronzo. After touring the globe with their 'kawaii' (Japanese for cute) craft caravan, they are ready to return with what is their cutest book to date. Each new character is given a two-page spread, featuring a short biography and a photograph taken out in the wild, with patterns and easy-to-follow instructions for first-timers.
The Aranzi Aronzo books teach you how to make your own toys, accessories, purses, t-shirts, etc. using easy to find materials and household objects, but the books also include short narratives featuring the unique, sometimes bizarre characters you've just hand-made.
Following the phenomenal success of The Cute Book and Cute Stuff, this is the latest craft book from Aranzi Aronzo. Formatted like the other delightful titles, Baby Stuff has 80 pages of full-colour photographs, patterns and instructions. More than 17 different crafts are presented to create adorable toys for babies, all seasoned with the irresistible Aranzi Aronzo cute aesthetic.
"Kitten-rearing is something, but raising a street-smart feline in a building with a strict no-pets policy is another story altogether. When mentoring a curious kitty, tactful tabbies must teach with patience and a firm paw. Remember, cats are a special breed. While we can survive well enough on instinct, those same feline responses can lead to unwanted attention. This long-whiskered one recommends spending lots of time with your little furballs, for they will instinctively look for mischief unless thoroughly entertained"--P.  of cover.
Design Your Life is a series of irreverent and realistic snapshots about objects and how we interact with them. By leading design thinker Ellen Lupton and her twin sister Julia Lupton, it shows how design is about much more than what's bought at high-end stores or the modern look at IKEA. Design is critical thinking: a way to look at the world and wonder why things work, and why they don't. Illustrated with original paintings of objects both ordinary and odd, Design Your Life casts a sharp eye on everything from roller bags, bras, toilet paper, and stuffed animals to parenting, piles, porches, and potted plants. Using humor and insight Ellen and Julia explore the practical side of everyday design, looking at how it impacts your life in unexpected ways and what you can do about it. Speaking to the popular interest in design as well as people's desire to make their own way through a mass-produced world, this thoughtful book takes a fresh and humorous approach to make some serious points about the impact of design on our lives. Find out what's wrong with the bras, pillows, potted plants, and the other hopeless stuff you use, buy, clean, water, or put away everyday. Discover how to secretly control the actions of those around you by choosing and placing objects carefully. Find out how roller bags are threatening civilization, and how the layout of your own house might be making you miserable. Use the tools of self-publishing to take the power of branding into your own hands. Taking a fresh, funny look at parenthood, housekeeping, entertaining, time management, crafting, and more, Design Your Life shows you how to evaluate the things you use, and how to recognize forms of order that secretly inhabit the messes of daily life, be it a cluttered room or a busy schedule. Use this book to gain control over your environment and tap into the power of design to communicate with friends, family, and the world.
Kawaii is a word that originated in 1970s Japan when schoolgirls adopted the term to describe everything cute. This word is now understood world-wide and identifies a particular trend of visual aesthetics (Hello Kitty being the most famous). Kawaii is a recognizable art form practiced by artists all over the world and covers the visual gamut from commercial art (stickers, clothing, calendars, pens, pencils, erasers, video games) to high-brow contemporary art (e.g. Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara). Presented primarily through full page images, Charuca (a Kawaii artist herself) has curated an international collection of the most popular adorable, hilarious, and sometimes dark Kawaii art being made today. Charuca begins each chapter with a small description of the artist and her feelings towards his or her work, creating an artistic dialogue spoken mainly through the loud, brightly full-colored images that flood each page. Some of the artists she selected include: Aranzi Aronzo Bubi Au Yeung Bukubuku Charuca Devil Robots Hiroko Yokoyama Itokin Park Marichan Meomi Paul Shih Ryoko Takidoki Yukiko Yokoo