Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Jewellery by Alan Preston
Godwit - Hardback - $39.99
Alan Preston , one of the founders of the pioneering jewellery collective FINGERS, was one of the first contemporary New Zealand jewellers to use Pacific influences and expression in his work.
This stunning new title is a survey of Alan's life and work by Gisborne-based art historian and curator Damian Skinner. The book is filled with superb photographs of Preston's magnificent jewellery all complemented by Skinner's instructive and readable text . Reading the book one understands why Preston's art is so coveted and collected. If you admire his work but your art budget doesn't run to buying a Preston piece why not instead treat yourself to this splendid publication.
The three accompanying illustrations will give you an idea of his varied style but the book is profusely illustrated with many of the photographs taken by the internationally highly regarded photographer of art objects, Julia Brooke-White.
Fig.25 - Star necklace 1985 -Private collection
Photo by Julia Brooke-White
Brooch breastplate fourpointer - 1997
Collection of the artist
Photo by Haru Sameshima
Kauri & Kowhai seeds necklace 2006 -Collection of the artist