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PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art (PUSH Series) Hardcover – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: PUSH Series
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597879
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Chalmers is an active leader in the online stitch community and what he has dubbed “the new embroidery movement.” His blog, Mr. X Stitch (http://mrxstitch.com), presents a steady stream of contemporary indie stitch artists pushing the limits in their mediums. From tattoo-inspired stumpwork (3D embroidery) to pinup cross-stitch to embroidered metal, Mr. X Stitch and his team profile, interview, and feature the very best stitchers in both the craft and art realms.

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Chalmer's careful choices for the images for each artist show a clear editorial process.
Mark X. Bieraugel
For me, this book is a go-to for mind-blowing examples of how textile artists are pushing their craft.
Olisa L Corcoran
As a cross-stitch fan, I found several artists who used my favorite medium in unusual ways.
Connie G. Barwick

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Olisa L Corcoran on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Push Stitchery is a juicy little treasure of a book. It's not a how-to for stitching or a book of embroidery patterns. You won't find a single stitched duck or gingham ruffle among the pages. What you WILL find is an inspiring and hugely diverse collection of stitched artwork from artists around the world.

Everyone uses art books differently. For me, this book is a go-to for mind-blowing examples of how textile artists are pushing their craft. Gorgeous pieces of stitching through slate, stitching on rusted, discarded watering cans and stitching on porcelain are included. But also beautiful quilts depicting nebulas and more representational portraits are featured.

I've only owned the book for 2 weeks and I've already devoured it dozens of times, as have guests to my home. Like a small gallery of textile art available any time you could want it. And Jamie Chalmers is a gracious, open-minded curator. The work he has selected is diverse and varies in the way it challenges the viewer.

One of my two or three favorite art books of the year. Gorgeous book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark X. Bieraugel on September 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This handsome and well designed book is an excellent introduction to the lively world of contemporary embroidery. The artists covered in this book range from self-taught to those with numerous art degrees and university training. Chalmers asks probing questions of each artist which reveals their background and approach to stitching. Chalmer's careful choices for the images for each artist show a clear editorial process.

This book provides a snapshot of a wide variety of artistic expression using not only fabric and traditional embroidery materials, but also shows artists who embroider on metal, on slate with twine, and on the hood of a car.

Brief biographies of all artists are found at the back of the book.

Highly recommended for those interested in contemporary embroidery, who follow artists using traditional and nontraditional materials, and those interested in how women and men are using embroidery to express their artistic vision.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Connie G. Barwick on September 9, 2011
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I was so excited when I received my copy of Push Stitchery. The book is beautiful and unusual from the start. Stitched art abounds in this collection. As a cross-stitch fan, I found several artists who used my favorite medium in unusual ways. I love the mixed media pieces, especially the stitching on a shovel, metal can, and even a car door. The porcelain plates with stitcheries mounted on them are interesting too.

Of course there are many beautiful items included in the book - you will want to delve into the book many times - and I bet you find a new favorite each time!

One of my ultimate favorites in the collection is the William Blake portrait created by Bascom Hogue. I have been a fan of his work for several years, yet I am still astounded at the detail he creates in this portrait using strands of embroidery floss.

This is a must purchase for any fan of fiber arts!

With the holidays coming up, it would also make a great gift. Just keep your hands off my copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ellen schinderman on September 22, 2011
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what a gorgeous book! so many talented stitchers represented. some of the work left me breathless. an inspiring must have for any artist working with thread.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've spent hours looking at PUSH Stitchery and PUSH Paper - the artists and works featured are truly inspiring. This books in this series are well designed, with questions answered by each artist about their medium, technique and inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tilleke Schwarz on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Inspiring book for people interested in art and in stitching.
Value for money too. A "must have" for lovers of embroidery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lev Akhmatova on September 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Hogue reminds me of Marc Chagall: He is a dreamer who I hope never wakes up. I am awestruck by his symbols and his nod to William Blake will abide in my mind till I die. If I was on the moon I would think of Houge's work. I cannot always decide what he is saying but his images have to be a deep part of his world and I find a universal message in his iconography. His work titled Breathe is a masterpiece of restraint - the epitome of less is more. Houge has climbed Jacob's ladder and come back to tell us all of the wonderful things he saw and he invites us all on the same kind of transcendental journey to the place where the "poetic champions compose.". Hougue knows this place is a hard place find but it is full of grand personages, fakirs, barkers, rabbis, singers, plumbers, trash men, junkies, and sober folks too. Everyone is welcome in Hogue's kingdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on May 20, 2012
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Who says a needle can be threaded only through paper or cloth? Look through Push Stitchery and you'll see embroidered works created on tough materials like stone and metal: there's stitching through a shovel and cars (Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene) and found slate (Clyde Olliver). Talk about pushing the boundaries of a traditional craft to create unforgettable art! There is a lot of the unexpected in this book; some of the works may be unappealing to traditional stitchers but I think Jamie Chalmers did a great job as curator.

The book is an interesting and often inspiring gallery of modern embroidered art from artists across the globe. Apart from the pieces made on more unusual substrates, also showcased are works from artists who practise more traditional forms of stitching, though often with a twist that takes their work beyond mere craft into more thought-provoking art pieces. Among those I found most striking were Cayce Zavaglia's embroidered portraits, Rosie James' stitched drawings of street scenes, Penny NIckels' embroidered postage stamps, Tilleke Schwarz's stitched "graffiti" art, Gillian Bates' textile canvases of seaside scenes, Charlene Mullen's blackwork embroidery of London landscapes and Robert Forman's compositions of thread glued to clayboard.

I like the neat design of Lark's Push books - the layout works well for the gallery concept - although I find the interviews with the artists somewhat sketchy. But as an introduction to their work, Push Stitchery doesn't fail to impress. And one thing's for sure: I now look at all materials and objects as a potential stitching surface. The book shows there are no limits to what can be achieved in artistic expression through an old craft form.
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