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Masters: Art Quilts: Major Works by Leading Artists Paperback – May 6, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Masters (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591075
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Art quilts have long since moved from covering beds to hanging on walls, and this collection of 40 artists' works, gathered and introduced by Sielman—executive director of Studio Art Quilts Associates and an art quilter herself—is ample evidence why. Ranging from the United States and Canada through Europe to Israel, South Africa, Japan and New Zealand, these quilters show the beauty and imagination of fine art and a vast variety of styles and materials. Noriko Endo's forests look like pointillist paintings, while Susan Shie's pieces are reminiscent of Lynda Barry in the density of image and hand-lettered words. Pamela Allen recycles beads, safety pins and sewing machine bobbins in Crone of Crazy; Wendy Huhn's surrealist dreamscapes include vintage fabrics and stenciled images. Each artist is represented by 10 works, some with details, as well as the artist's comments on inspirations and the works' meaning; many refer to the layering of fabric as a form of layering time, the opposite of what archeologists do. While it's sometimes difficult to see all the texture of these quilts in flat photographs, the wealth of color and pattern is worthwhile in itself. Color photos throughout. (June)
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Review

"Masters: Art Quilts ... is a book at the pinnacle of inspiration. It offers up countless works of art by the true master art quilters of our time. Included within the pages are works by Elizabeth Brimelow, Jette Clover, Jane Burch Cochran, Linda Colsh, Chiaki Dosho, Susan Shie, and so many more. It's the book I turn to when I need a quick and concentrated dose of inspiration." - Art Quilting Studio

"In this colorful and masterful survey, 40 outstanding contemporary artists from around the world exhibit their art and share their thoughts and themes. Photo spreads with up to a dozen quilts from each artist are artfully arranged on consecutive pages allowing an in-depth look at the quilts. Artists' photos and a short introduction begin each section, and materials and techniques are provided with each quilt image. This group of artists and their wonderful artwork is sure to impress." - Quilting Arts Magazine

"Art quilts have long since moved from covering beds to hanging on walls, and this collection of 40 artists' works...is ample evidence why. Ranging from the United States and Canada through Europe to Israel, South Africa, Japan and New Zealand, these quilters show the beauty and imagination of fine art and a vast variety of styles and materials....Each artist is represented by 10 works, some with details, as well as the artist's comments on inspirations and the works' meaning....the wealth of color and pattern is worthwhile " - Publishers Weekly

"At nearly four pounds, this book is dense with color and inspiration. But the real value lies in the space devoted to each of the 40 artists whose works are included--up to a dozen quilts per artist. This allows readers to see the scope of each quilter's career and to take away a clear understanding of today's art quilt movement." - Quilters Newsletter


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

A definite must for the bookshelf for all art quilters out there.
Gillian Shearer
This is a book to be savored one page at a time and one that you'll find yourself picking up and flipping through over and over again.
Sue B
Masters, curated by Martha Sielman, is a magnificent 414 page book of 40 of the top art quilt artists.
Carolyn L. Vehslage

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Meg Cox VINE VOICE on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
There are loads of books filled with gorgeous color photographs of quilts, but this one is so much more. Martha Sielman's curatorial eye has resulted in a portable exhibition of the most exciting art quilts of our time. By grouping them as she has, you get a sense of each textile artist's progression and depth, not just a repeat visit to iconic images seen over and over already. The quality of this solid effort coupled with the price make this one of the great bargain books around. A great gift for quilters, and a must for the libraries of all quilt-lovers, quilt-collectors and quiltmakers.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Virginia A. Spiegel on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Masters: Art Quilts is part of a series published by Lark Books under the premise of featuring major works by forty leading artists in a specific medium. To date, the series includes, in addition to this volume, Beadweaving, Gemstones, Glass Beads and Porcelain.

Having started this way to indicate that the emphasis is perhaps greater on craft than art in their selection of media, I must continue by saying this gorgeous, gorgeous book needs (yes, needs) to grace your desk, coffee table or bedside reading pile.

I guess that pretty much gives away the general tenor of this review, but, more specifically, this is a much-needed volume if you are an artist who tires of explaining the ART in art quilt or who enjoys reading about the why, rather than the how, of artists.

If you are a collector of art quilts or a general art aficionada, Masters: Art Quilts will help you understand this medium (why fabric???) and provide hours of delighted perusal.

The emphasis on only forty artists, dictated by the constraints of the series, was undoubtedly a cruel hardship to the editor and curator, Martha Sielman. Sielman is the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an organization dedicated to the promotion of art quilts and their makers.

Each of the forty artists receives a small essay by Sielman, space for personal comments about their artwork, and, of course, several (up to ten or twelve, including details) photos of their artwork over eight pages.

The small essays by Sielman are sparkling. Nothing is harder than to study the work of a diverse cross-section of artists and render their work sensible and in a perceptive light in a very short essay.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Anne Copeland on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just got my copy of Masters: Art Quilts, by Martha Sielman, published by Lark Books and it is perhaps the most important book to come along since the first book on art quilts many years years ago.
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This is a great way for us to study the masters so that you all have the benefit of seeing what's good about the best of the best. Studying the work of the artists in this book should be a good exercise to help you with your own work, not in the sense of copying someone else, but in understanding the design elements each artist has used to get the results that have made him or her famous. It is also good to know the artists individually as this is the living history of our art heritage.

If you are a member of an art quilt group, you can use the book as the basis for study of each artist's unique style. As an individual artist, it is a great way to study art quilts without having to leave home. What I like too is that the writer doesn't use a lot of difficult to understand terms so even a beginning fiberartist can readily relate to whatis being discussed. Martha Sielman writes in a very comfortable and down-to-earth style.

I like this book as there are a wide variety of artists covered and each one is discussed in depth regarding the artists' backgrounds and lots of good notes about the artists' techniques and styles.

Aside from all of this, it is the most fantastic opportunity to see the works of artists whose works you might not otherwise have an opportuni'ty to see. We so seldom get an opportunity to see a number of each artists pieces . This book is definitely a visual feast. and one it is truly hard to put down. I think my only regret is that I didn't want the book to end!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By June O. Underwood on May 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Masters" is an overview of quilted art and represents 40 of the most highly respected figures in quilted art today. The inclusion of 12 pieces by each artist, along with the quotes and introduction of the artists, gives the book an unexpected range and depth. Many of the works shown have been widely exhibited and published, but when put together with lesser known works by the same artist, a new breadth of understanding of the art and the work can be obtained.

Quilted art, generally wall hung, is a specific form of art, with its own attributes and boundaries. It is a highly stylized form, which surprisingly seems to have more in common with Jeff Koons than with Van Gogh.

The tradition of layers, embedded in traditional quiltmaking, becomes a perfect place for the quilt artist to use the traditions to form untraditional imagery in collage manner. John Lefelhocz says that the physical layers "push me to think in narrative and metaphoric layers." Even the artists who paint their work, like Nancy Erickson, who says she does "layered, stitched paintings" rely heavily on line and layering. Most of the quilts are designed using layered and pieced fabrics. In this sense they are clearly a part of the older tradition of bed quilts.

My one criticism of the book is that the quilting stitches are not evident in the photos of many of the pieces. This is due to the large size of the works, of course, but as the quilted line is part of the graphic design of quilted art, it would have been useful to include it more forcefully. Next time, maybe.

"Masters" is one of those books that will act as a resource for many years to come. It's a compendium of what quilt artists have been able to achieve and, as such, will form the basis for studies of the form.
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