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Bookshelf: Daniel Brereton

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Image maker Daniel Brereton, aka Dan Has Potential, is our Bookshelf contributor this week. The “maker” part involves anything from 2D upwards and occasionally he puts these makings into motion as a director represented by Partizan (see his crafty music videos for the likes of Django Django and Connan Mockasin.) Over to Dan…

1000 Record Covers Michael Ochs

I think I’ll start with where my creative meanderings began. This was the second design book I got when I was about 15 from my dad. The first was called A Graphic Eye_, but this one hasn’t stood the test of time with me as much as 1000 Record Covers. The reason I got into illustration and all that was because I wanted to make record covers, I still want to make record covers. And this book is full of really great one from the 1950s to the 1990s. I like that I have had it for a while and still look at it all the time.
www.amazon.co.uk/1000-record-covers
www.taschen.com/1000-records
covers.htm

Philip Guston Robert Storr

He is my favourite artist, I don’t know why but he is. I saw one of his paintings once in the Whitechapel gallery and it was profound, which sounds terrible. I nicked this book, which is also really bad.
www.amazon.co.uk/philip-guston
www.wikipedia.org/philip-guston

Sculpting in Time Andrei Tarkovsky

From my favourite artist to my favourite director, this book goes a long way into how and why Tarkovsky made films. I have to say that lots of it went way over my head, like his films you have to put a lot of effort in to get something out of it.
www.amazon.co.uk/sculpting-in-time
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sculpting_in_Time

Mantle Piece/ Home Thoughts Leon Sadler

This is a zine made by Leon. I guess I included it as I think zines are important to me and what I do. I like the way they are mini books with lots of ideas, and they keep things interesting and exciting. And I also like the way they are made by someone at home with a stapler. When he sent me this zine, he put lots of other things in with it, like a fake leaflet containing information on how to operate machinery in a hospital. Leon’s zines are really great, there are tonnes on his website.
www.snakzstock.com/mantle-piecehome-thoughts

Folk Archive

I was always disappointed that we didn’t have such a rich amount of folk art in Britain, but then this book shows I was looking in the wrong places. It celebrates a lot of the overlooked “art” we see everywhere, and makes me appreciate it even more, stuff like greasy spoon menus and handmade signs. There is lots of it in London, but there is just as much all over the country.
www.amazon.co.uk/folk-archive

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