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Fairie-ality Style: A Sourcebook of Inspiration from Nature    by David Ellwand order for
Fairie-ality Style
by David Ellwand
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Using an array of natural elements such as feathers, flowers, stones, and shells, photographer David Ellwand explores the limits of imagination in home design as well as haute couture. Partly an inspirational sourcebook for imaginative do it yourself projects, partly a showcase of unique fantasy fashion, this collection of color photography is an eco-designer's dream given the variety of truly organic materials Ellwand uses.

Exploring the four seasons, the photographer features a number of ecosystems that capture natural colors and textures as diverse as ammonite and downy nesting feathers. A pull-out color swatch panel is included with the book which can be used to determine paint colors and palettes for home projects.

'The body of work in this book came from a strange place; it took form while I was working on Fairie-ality, a fashion collection for fairies. Whilst working on this project, I became aware of the true beauty of the colors in nature,' writes Ellwand. 'I began to ponder an interesting thought: Do all colors in nature match? ... Natural color combinations can seem at odds with modern fashion, but they work in nature.'

As you page through this wonderful book with its array of colorful and organic objects, you'll find numerous examples of what Ellwand is speaking about when he suggests seemingly disparate color combinations do work together in nature.

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