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Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Twelve by Twelve is not like that. This is a book that has lots in it for all of us. It is the coming together of twelve artists who, over time developed a special relationship with each other and their art. This group made a commitment to create 12 pieces of art each based on 12 themes over the course of 2 years. Each piece was 12" x12" and had a deadline of 2 months. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a theme and we get to visit with the artist who chose the theme. We find out why the subject was chosen and get to see how the piece developed. We also get a real in depth interview about each artist and a "tour" of their studio's. Some are large, some are closet sized. Each other artist has a short explanation of the piece they created for that theme's challenge. There are also extra pages on some of the techniques used and other useful information. There are 144 quilts to drool over.
The Twelve artists are: Deborah Boschert, Gerrie Congdon, Helen L. Conway, Kirsten Duncan, Terry Grant, Diane Perin Grant, Francoise Jamart, Kristin La Flamme, Karen Rips, Brenda Gael Smith, Terri Stegmiller, and Nikki Wheeler. Their website/blog is [...]
Run, don't walk and pick it up. You will not regret it.
Sure the whole group challenge thing has been done before, but what makes this group and their art stand out is the joy and camaraderie revealed in this book. Each chapter features one of the twelve artworks almost full-page sized and the artist of that artwork writes the chapter. Running along the bottom half of each page of the chapter is one of the other artworks with a short artist statement.
Either (or maybe I should say either/or) these are twelve of the best artist/writers around or they had a superlative editor in Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader. Each chapter is unique, personal, useful, engaging, and just down right interesting. I kept being distracted by the other artworks on the bottom half of the pages until I finally worked out a system.
First I went to the back of the book and read all the artists' biographies. Then I read all twelve small sidebars listed in the back. The sidebars are full of useful stuff such as Demystifying the Thermofax, On Sketchbook and Journals, and Twelve Reasons to Blog.
THEN I looked at and read about all twelve art quilts for each theme and THEN finally I read the chapter by the one featured artist straight through. That's why I gave such a hearty thumbs-up to this book; it's just full of interesting information and insight.
The chapter written by each featured artist clearly points out both the why and how of working in many different styles.Read more ›
Developing your eye: Do you see what the quilt artist was going for? or something else?
Creative processes: The quilt artists often made many experiments with different expressions, trying to achieve the idea or emotion they were after. Sometimes they hit it right away. Sometimes they feel they never did, then they moved on to the next project. (That can be soooo hard.)
Drawing upon many skills techniques to create art: I learned about art and design methods I'd never even heard of, and those art skill and tools have application in many ways. I'm now inspired to work a quilt technique into my watercolors.
Deadlines and deliverables; making and keeping commitments: Not failing your group. Making the best contribution you can and keep going. Each artist made a commitment to others who were also committed and contributing; they never decide not to make a submission "this time." Others are counting on you. Keep going even if your life is falling apart around you.
Inspiration is all around you. Open up to it. This is a definite take away for me.
The book, is course, about the artwork, but it is also so much more. The idea was that twelve themes were chosen and each member of this 12 person group would make a 12 inch X 12 inch interpretation of the theme. All I can say is "WoW"! Themes included things such as chocolate, community, window, passion, shelter etc. The book is arranged so that one page provides small images of all twelve quilts with more in depth information about the quilts on the pages that follow. Each chapter also includes so much more information though - about meeting each other, how they explored the theme, how they approach the design process, their creative spaces and small, significant highlights about the inspiration for their designs.
The book also includes wonderful tutorials,inspirational glimpses, method/process information as well as tips and tricks about the artist's creative tools, paints, brushes and process. I believe that this book will hold great appeal for art quilters and textile artists of course - but also for artists in general because it really highlights the creative process and will spark your own imagination providing you with creative ideas that will apply to whatever medium you choose to work in. You could follow the themes yourself and see what your interpretation would be. Explore the some of the tools and instructions and make them your own. Feast your eyes on the artwork. Sit back, relax and get your creative mojo going!
As with all Lark books, the design of this book is a knock-out. The photographing is perfection. I have to give to Lark. When they do a book- they do it right.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is o.k. I don't like the process, etc. Not my style of quiltingPublished 5 months ago by JENET BAKKE
I wasn't sure what this book would really be like when I bought it. The Seller had it listed (with accurate description of condition) at such a good price I really had nothing to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathy Bankston
I was not impressed, I can throw a bunch of junk on a piece of fabric and call it art.Published 9 months ago by J. Smith
I heard Brenda Gael Smith speak at the 2015 Manawatu (New Zealand) Quilting Symposium and as a result purchased this book.....I LOVE itPublished 12 months ago by Dianne Fazackerley
Was fun to read the development of ideas for their creations. I got several ideas to use for my own creations.Published 15 months ago by Nan Osborn
Inspirational just what I needed
A coffee table book that will get your creative juices going . Read more
I saw the Colorplay Challenge by these same twelve quilt artists at the American Quilters' Society show this summer. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Jane Wilkin