Creative design books by Ernst Rottger
For those of you who love mid-century craft books, I came across this fab series published by B.T. Batsford Ltd (now called Batsford Books) in the early 1960’s. Written by Ernst Röttger it contains images of students work from a variety of ages and covers areas such as Clay, Paper, Fabric, Wood, Metal, Different Surfaces and Creative Drawing.
Here’s a few images from different books in the series. I wonder if the creator of the kids series Fingerbobs had read these books !
Looking at sculpting in clay and wood.
Mark-making, exploring shapes, textures and line.
Designers like Jurianne Matter have explored and modernised these lantern ideas (below) that we used to make as children.
I expect, due to the popularity of this series which was reprinted about 9 times, publishers Batsford Books extended the series, they included more books, this time by Rolf Hartung and covering areas like textiles, colour and corrugated paper craft.
If you like this era of craft books then check out some more suggestions on the Hippli Books Site. Don’t forget to enter Monday’s competition for a chance to win a copy of Benji Davies’s new paperback picture book for children, On Sudden Hill, see here for more details.