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Product Details

  • Series: Art Quilt Portfolio
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600599281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600599286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic, take note: the first installment in the anticipated Art Quilt Portfolio series, The Natural World by Martha Sielman, may just steal some of your readers away. With the overarching theme of nature, this book profiles 19 of the world's most respected contemporary fiber artists and the influence that the natural world has on their work. Each artist's thoughts, techniques, and processes are explained eloquently, and their work creates a cohesive gallery of exquisite quilts. Work from an additional 77 artists is also included in this volume, expanding on the themes explored by the profile artists. Quilts of flowers, insects, animals, and more are beautifully presented in these galleries. The techniques used by these artists represent the full range of textile art today-dyeing, painting, embroidery, machine quilting, collaging, and more. If there is one criticism, it would be that some of the pictures are too small. The quilts cry out for a closer look, or even a traveling exhibit. However, the quantity and quality of the photographs in the book are impressive and, perhaps, an acceptable trade-off. Make a space in your library for this one and, if future volumes in the series are as good, you just might need to dedicate a whole shelf in anticipation.” --Quilting Arts, Kristine Lundbald
 
“This volume includes work inspired by flowers, trees, water, leaves, animals, insects and birds. Several artists--including my friend Nancy G. Cook--are spotlighted in sections that include several examples of their work. I really enjoyed reading these profiles, as they include information about the artists' inspiration, techniques, and influences.” --Susan Brubaker Knapp
 
“The artist interviews were revealing and one of my favorite parts. The artists chosen have explored the natural world in depth, often as metaphors for their own lives and circumstances. This book would be a great gift to a nature lover who perhaps is not familiar with the art quilt. The images are arresting, interesting, and varied. There is very little use of abstraction in the artworks showcased so the volume can be enjoyed by those who just like to look at nature in all its glory.” --Virginia Spiegel
 
“Overall, it's a lovely book with a wide range of work and much of it not seen before, a great addition to one's art quilt library--I look forward to further editions in this series.” --Elizabeth Barton

About the Author

Martha Sielman is the author of Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2 and the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). She has been a professional artist, author, lecturer, curator, juror, and arts administrator for over 20 years.

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Martha Sielman is the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing art quilting as a fine art medium. As SAQA's Executive Director, Martha has witnessed the explosive growth of art quilting, as well as growing interest in art quilts as a legitimate and collectible fine art medium. Over the past nine years of Sielman's leadership, SAQA's membership has grown to over 3,100 members in 32 countries.

Sielman is the author of "Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2" (Lark Books, 2008; 2011), "Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World" and "Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits" (Lark 2012; 2013). She has served as a juror for the 2012 Swarovski Crystal "Create Your Style art quilt competition," the 2009 Niche Awards, and she was the founder of "Fiber Revolution," a northeast art quilt exhibition group. Sielman lectures frequently on art quilts.

Sielman earned a bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College and a master's degree at Bank Street School of Education. She lives in Storrs, Connecticut with her husband, their five children and two cats.

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This book would be an excellent addition to any art lover's library.
Sandra Sider
I am slowly reading every word and thoroughly enjoying the diverse Art and each artist's "story" in Martha Sielman's Art Quilt Portfolio, The Natural World.
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This is a book that one can return to many times always finding something new to study or stimulate the imagination.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lisa B. Quintana on April 3, 2012
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The book is divided into 9 sections by topic: Flowers, Birds, Water, Animals, Leaves, insects, Flowers II, Trees and Textures. Each section begins with an in-depth introduction to two or three artists, then goes into a gallery where many artists works are shown, just as if it were in an exhibition with labels identifying artist, title, date, size and method. The book is well indexed with the table of contents guiding you to the featured artists and the subject matter, as well as a featured artist index and gallery artist index at the back of the book.

Martha's introduction is a must read as it gives you insights into the book as well as includes some information on the artists not repeated elsewhere.

Each of the featured artists described their method of work and were asked questions. Everyone was asked "Why fiber?" and the responses were quite telling. Asking ourselves this, I think is an important activity. Why DO we work in fiber or textiles? Why don't we stop at taking a photograph, rendering a drawing, or whatever. Reading each of the featured artist's answers was illuminating as well as one which pleased me as I think it is important for us as artists to consider as well as enabling the general public to understand where fiber/textile artists are coming from. In addition, Martha queried them on technique when she thought that that was important.
When I first came to Ohio from Connecticut in 2005, I hadn't been exposed to large doses of textile art. I had been to a few shows which had some art quilts in them (The Odyssey show) and the Shoreline Quilter's Guild and Clamshell Quilters (one of which Barbara Barrick McKie belonged to), but I hadn't been exposed to work by many art quilters. Moving to Ohio opened my eyes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clairan Ferrono on April 3, 2012
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This is a beautifully produced art book full of large, sharp images of fantastic art. All the works are art quilts, but this is not a book just for quilters -- it is for everyone who enjoys fine art. Several top artists are introduced in depth, and the galleries contain fine work by many others. This book rewards the careful and diligent peruser as well as the more casual reader. A real joy for the art lover.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By REM on April 26, 2012
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An amazing collection of art quilts. Puts quilts firmly into the art world sphere. A must have not only for quilters and art lovers as it also makes a lovely coffee table book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dcl on May 14, 2012
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A recent new release by Martha Sielman is more than beautiful photography of fabulous art quilts. The themes are timeless examples of our world in which we share space with plants, animals, insects, and the elements of nature.
Art Quilt Portfolio - The Natural World, proves the talent Martha has for bringing forth the best of art quilting and creativity in her books. Not only are the quilts impressive, but the narratives of the artists add a depth of understanding which enhances the artwork. Each quilt holds a hidden emotion which was captured or dreamed by an artist and then transferred into a tangible work of art with fiber and various textiles.
The art styles have a wide range. Many times it is possible to recognize a particular artist when you see several of the pieces due to a certain style of artistic expression. Maybe it is the `branding' of an artist which sets their work apart. Some of the textile artists enjoy working in a realistic style while others are more abstract. As you peruse this edition of Martha's art quilt series, you will find underneath all the beautiful works from the hands of the artist, a subtle influence of traditional quilting. Factors such as size, scale, proportion, and color values are prominent in these quilts. This should make even the most traditional of quilters feel some pride.
No matter where you reside on this planet, you can relate to the beauty and soul of this book. For me, springtime in the south, (USA) is a perfect time to be immersed in this very inspiring new book by Martha Sielman.
It's Fabulous!
Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Clayton on May 14, 2012
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This book is subtitled "Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works" which pretty much sums up the 192 page book. Martha Seilman, who grew up not that far from me on Long Island, is a self-professed nature girl. She began the book with a call for entries and received more than 1,200 images from 450 fiber artists. She is planning the next volume of the book to be "People and Portraits," with additional books on abstract work and landscapes to follow. This book is divided into subsections of flowers, birds, water, animals, leaves, insects, trees and textures.

My first comment on this book is that the photographs are beautiful. No question that this is major eye candy for quilters.

Two or three quilt artists are profiled in each section. There is substantial information on each artist, including their background, working methods, and goals. Each of these chapters contains several photos of the artist's work. Following the artist profile, there is a gallery of work from various artists.

There is a huge range of subjects and styles in this book. Some of the artists are scientists. Many (I'd say most) had a significant art background before they started quilting. I found their stories fascinating and it definitely complimented their work.

I had a couple of frustrations/suggestions. First of all, I would have loved to have seen a photo of each profiled artist to accompany their first-person narrative. Secondly, many of the pictures were in the 3" x 4" size range. While this let me see the totality of the work, it did not let me see any of the quilting. I realize that this is a space tradeoff, but the quilting is an integral part of each piece and I was hungry for more details. Some of these pieces were very large -- for example 52" x 104" -- and shown on a half-page of the book.

Overall, this book is fantastic and would be a great addition to any art quilter's library.
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