The Kew Sketch Journal
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The Kew Sketch Journal is a stunning celebration of Kew Gardens and the local area through the eyes of artist and designer Charles Leon.
Author: Charles Leon. 120pp. 30 colour sketches. 60 black and white sketches. 230 x 290 mm. Hardback, ISBN 978 1 84246 781 7, Kew Publishing 2023.
The Kew Sketch Journal is a stunning celebration of Kew Gardens and the local area through the eyes of artist and designer Charles Leon. Through this unique perspective, Charles shares with the reader the human relationship with buildings, built by people for people, used and visited, and a constant through decades and centuries.
Few places in the world have such a range of great architecture in such a relatively small area as Kew, and the author takes us on an architectural and historical journey around the Gardens and local area. The book covers everything from Kew’s great Victorian glasshouses the Palm House and Temperate House, through to modern additions such as the Princess of Wales Conservatory and Davies Alpine House, and other visitor attractions including Kew Palace, the Xstrata Treetop Walkway and Marianne North Gallery.
The author offers personal insights into his sketching journey around Kew, along with snippets of history about the buildings, all of which accompanies the stunning sketches in colour and black and white, making this a beautiful souvenir of the area.
Charles Leon started his professional life as a designer for theatre and film and then ran an award-winning hotel design company. He also lectures and talks internationally on creativity and design thinking. For Charles, sketching is an integral part of the designer's life and is a way to communicate ideas and tell stories. He is also the author of Barnes, Mortlake and Sheen, a Sketch journal.