Monday, April 4, 2011

the principles of ornament


This is one of three books that attached themselves to me during my visit to Norfolk last week. This edition from 1896 is a comprehensive work, a textbook that is still in print today on Amazon along with other copies of this and earlier editions. A mine of organized information of historic sources, the choice and application of natural plants into design (taking care that your choice is correct for the stone or fabric that the design will be executed in) and how to be sure the moulding you design suits the light it will be placed in! Be aware from now on that Northern architectural mouldings are not suitable for Mediterranean light, a blunder any of us could easily make before reading this book. But seriously, the book is a delight to read with so much applied knowledge from generations of experience.
Today when composition is a bad word, my perverse nature kisses this book.