Synopses & Reviews
According to artist Lisa Delong, plant design isnt confined to the garden. In Plant Form in the Decorative Arts, Delong goes far beyond the fleur-de-lis, showing how roses and palm fronds are transformed into geometric patterns that appear in everything from ancient Moroccan mosques to M. C. Eschers abstract sketches. Educated in both mathematics and studio art, Delong answers the following questions and more: What are the secrets of ornamentation? Which plants have been used most by artisans over the centuries? Why are certain plant forms so well-suited to graphic design? In a beautiful pocket book, packed with helpful diagrams and rare illustrations, Delong shows us the time-honored traditions of plant forms in the decorative arts, with examples from illuminated manuscripts to ironwork.
“A slim book packed with stunning black-and-white illustrations, its flush with harmony and rhythm…It is music to the eye.” -The New York Times
A charming pocket guide to the most majestic of Earth's life forms.
A one-of-a-kind look at has images based on the natural world can be found anywhere, from Versailles to Hopi earthenware pots.
Curves enhance our enjoyment of the visual arts, bringing life into otherwise dull compositions. Stylized plant forms have been used as a key component of decorative ornament for thousands of years. In this beautiful little book, using both rare antique engravings and original graphics, Dr. Lisa DeLong introduces us to many of the secret techniques long used to employ curves in the traditional arts. From arabesques to wallpaper designs, iron railings to penned flourishes, tiles to arches, this book will be an essential companion to any designer.
About the Author
Lisa Delong has a PhD in the use of geometry in art. Originally a native of Utah, she now lives in London, from where she travels widely, promoting excellence in the traditional arts.