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Creative design books by Ernst Rottger

October 29, 2014

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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. Fishinkblog 8245 Ernst Rottger 1

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 !

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Looking at sculpting in clay and wood.

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Mark-making, exploring shapes, textures and line.

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Designers like Jurianne Matter have explored and modernised these lantern ideas (below) that we used to make as children.

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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.

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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.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2014 5:31 pm

    Brought to mind Joan Miro (top right photo, ‘mark-making, showing shapes, textures and lines).

  2. October 29, 2014 5:33 pm

    Yep I can see where you’re coming from with Miro too

  3. October 29, 2014 6:23 pm

    Who could forget Fingerbobs?!! This is surely where they got the idea from! Lovely pics as ever Craigus!! Keep it up!

    • October 30, 2014 8:49 am

      Thanks Lizzie, I’ll look out for an italian fingerbobs on your blog sometime soon then : )

      • October 30, 2014 11:45 am

        Now that would be stylish wouldn’t it!!! ;o)

      • October 30, 2014 5:54 pm

        Perhaps you can make a chocolate one for us ?

      • October 31, 2014 1:06 am

        Hmmm, I don’t see that lasting long…..nom nom nom!!! ;o)

  4. 54paintings permalink
    October 31, 2014 12:30 pm

    I had a couple of those.Very inspiring they were too.

    • October 31, 2014 12:36 pm

      Always good to hear. Any others along these lines worth looking at ?

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