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500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material (500 Series) Paperback – September 6, 2011

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Juror Susan Brown lives in New York and is the associate curator of textiles at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She curated the exhibition “Fashioning Felt” and has written and lectured extensively on the topic. She also co-curated “Quicktakes: Rodarte” with Gregory Krum; “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay”; and “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance with Matilda McQuaid.” She teaches in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design, as well as lecturing regularly for the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Before joining the Museum, she worked as a costume designer for theater, opera, and television.
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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597053
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jamie Herron on August 20, 2011
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This arrived yesterday and I spent the evening pouring over each page. It is fabulous! Wished there were photos of Carol Cypher's work in it, but enjoyed everyone else's felt interpretations. Awesome woolen eye candy and worth every cent!
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A gallery of pictures of amazing garments, hats sculptures made of felt, by amazing artists. It is not a 'how to ' book, but an inspiring insight into what can be done in this incredible fabric.
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What a gorgeous book! It is amazing, with so many incredible examples of felt fiber art, it takes my breath away.

The juror for this book was Susan Brown, associate curator of textiles at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Brown was curator of the 2009 exhibit, Fashioning Felt, which was a spectacular assemblage of felt art.

The diverse objects run the gamut from garments to sculptural forms to home decor, with many stops in additional categories along the way. With so many diverse objects pictured, the layout of the book must have been a wonderful challenge. Art Director Matt Shay's thoughtful choices make the book a lovely pleasure to behold. You'll have to pick up the book for yourself to see how beautifully put together it is.

Full Disclosure: I am really, truly honored to be included in this international group of fiber artists ... on page 248. :)
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This book is quite inspirational. My only complaint is that often these publications select the best photos, not the best art. It is a problem with every book of this type so I do hate to make this evaluation on this particular read. Understanding that the photos need to be of quality for print helps. I do often wish though that the wonderful work I see around the world, that the artist most likely cannot afford to have photographed at this level, could find a way in.
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I have been wet felting for 12 yrs and have had my eyes opened by the fantastically beautiful items in this book. It is truly a revelation. Anyone who understands how felt is made will enjoy this book, in fact you can't live without it. I keep it by me and thumb through it every time I sit.
I especially like the jkts and the beautiful green holey vest. Wonderful. Thank you reviewers you gave me a good guide to buy this book. My heartfelt congratulations to the feltmakers.
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By Sara Fultz on October 24, 2011
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This book is an excellent source of inspiration. It generates ideas for additional exploration of the medium. Looking at the work of others helps my creativity to take off in new direstions. New ideas are generated. I would recommend the book for other felters to see some of the innovations in our craft. With 500 examples there is something to inspire everyone. Get those creative juices flowing!
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This book is not only full of amazing artworks, but also embraces the myriad of ways artist use wools and felts. The images are stunning and inspiring. A must have for your library.
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You can't go wrong with these books. Any of the number series (1000, 500, 400, 300, etc.) are wonderfully done and will inspire, please, and stay with you. The photography is gorgeous, the artists are the best. You'll look through this book and then be anxious to get into your studio to create your own artwork. We used this book as a prize in our weaver's guild show because it is so magnificently done that even a top-notch felter would enjoy it.
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