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Apr 10 2012

New Books!

Ancient textiles : production, craft and society : proceedings of the First International Conference on Ancient Textiles, held at Lund, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 19-23, 2003

edited by Carole Gillis and Marie-Louise B. Nosch.
An understanding of textiles and the role they played in the past is important for anyone interested in past societies. Textiles served – and in fact still do – as both functional and symbolic items. The evidence for ancient textiles in Europe is split quite definitely along a north-south divide, with an abundance of actual examples in the north, but precious little in the south, where indirect evidence comes from such things as vase painting and frescoes. This volume brings together these two schools to look in more detail at textiles in the ancient world, and is based on a conference held in Denamrk and Sweden in March 2003. Section one, Production and Organisation, takes a chronological look through more than four thousand years of history, from Syria in the mid-third millennium BC, to Seventeenth Century Germany. Section two, Crafts and Technology, focuses on the relationship between the primary producer (the craftsman) and the secondary receiver (the archaeologist/conservator). The third section, Society, examines the symbolic nature of textiles, and their place within ancient societal groups. Throughout the book emphasis is placed on the universality of textiles, and the importance of information exchange between scholars from different disciplines.

Supply management and procurement : from the basics to best-in-class

Robert W. Turner.
In this guide for managers and procurement professionals, Turner, a veteran financial analyst and procurement specialist, compiles theory, background knowledge, methods, and analysis tools in strategic supply management and procurement. Coverage encompasses identifying, planning, designing, and mapping supply chains, with many examples. Two in-depth case studies ask readers to make decisions based on the facts and research presented, and case answers are explained in detail. The field is broken down into 20 specific areas such as value chain design and planning, benchmarks, risk identification and management, international trade, and breakeven analysis and decision making. Throughout the book, comparisons are drawn between practicing basic procurement and more advanced principles of strategic supply management; reflecting the reality of the economic recession, several chapters give examples of how practicing basic procurement can lead to disaster.

Mastering resource management using Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

Collin Quiring, Tanya Foster.
This reference provides the in-depth guidance and step-by-step illustrated instructions not available in other books, but needed to master the use of Microsoft Project with Project Server 2010 as well as stand-alone Project Professional as it pertains to optimal utilization and management of the scarce resources devoted to project portfolios

Patternmaking

Dennic Chunman Lo.
An introduction to the basic principles of pattern cutting, this practical book shows students how to interpret the human form and look at clothing through the eyes of a designer rather than a consumer. As well as explaining the proportions of human anatomy, the book introduces key tools and then takes the reader from simple pattern-cutting ideas to more advanced creative methods. Finally, the book looks at the work of fashion designers who are masters of pattern cutting, such as Comme des Gar ons, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. With photographs of final and dissected garments, along with CAD/CAM diagrams to explain how those pieces were cut, the book will gradually build an understanding of pattern cutting, and enable students to experiment and create exciting patterns for their own designs.

Handbook of textile and industrial dyeing

edited by M. Clark.
Chemists and textile scientists consider first general aspects of dyeing, then dye types and processes. Among their topics are the structure and properties of textile materials, pre-treating and preparing textile materials prior to dyeing, the thermodynamics and kinetics of dyeing and dyebath monitoring systems, molecular modeling and predicting dye properties, the chemistry of reactive dyes and their application processes, disperse dyes, metal-complex dyes, sulphur dyes, environmentally friendly dyes, fluorescent dyes, and near-infrared dyes. The second volume covers applications.

Textile production in pre-Roman Italy

Margarita Gleba.
Gleba (Centre for Textile Research) focuses on evidence of textile production in the Apennine Peninsula and Sicily between 1000 and 400 BCE. In addition to providing a geographical and chronological context, the author examines a variety of archaeological evidence including fibers used and the textiles themselves, textile tools, dyes, textile technology, textile function and context (such as ship rigging, books, and garments), and trade. The text is supported by numerous photographs and illustrations. The book is intended for researchers and archaeologists working on pre-Roman sites.

Marketing research essentials.

Carl D. McDaniel.
Filled with engaging, current examples drawn from the authors’ ongoing involvement in the field, Marketing Research Essentials is a comprehensive text that teaches students how to become effective consumers of market research. The only book on the market co-authored by a full-time marketing researcher, McDaniel and Gates together bring their real-life, insider experiences from the industry to teach students how to make critical business decisions through the study of market research. Recognizing that marketing research is much more than computing sample size, learning SPSS, or conducting a focus group, the text shares with students all they need in research design, data acquisition, and data analysis, with a fresh dose of reality that is unmatched.

Inspired rug hooking : turning Atlantic Canadian life into art

Deanne Fitzpatrick.
Rug-hooking artist Deanne Fitzpatrick is renowned worldwide for her stunning rugs and patterns. Her work is in permanent exhibits at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, among others, and she has made frequent radio and television appearances. Deanne is also the author of East Coast Rug-hooking Designs and Hook Me a Story. She lives in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

The wedding dress : 300 years of bridal fashions

Edwina Ehrman.
From the romance of its evolution to the splendor of its design, the wedding dress is unlike any other garment, a talisman from a fantasy world, the manifestation of dreams coming true. This book draws on wedding garments in the V&A’s renowned collection along with photographs, letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts to explore the history of the white wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it from 1700 to today, when designers from Vera Wang to Vivienne Westwood continue to challenge the aesthetic. Paintings, drawings, and wedding photos depict queens, princesses, celebrities, and everyday women–including Kate Middleton–in their gowns. The text considers the dress in the context of the commercialization of weddings that began in the Victorian era. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride.