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Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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Another treasure for me to visit over and over again; each time seeing something different in the beautiful quilts. A treasure.Published on April 18, 2014 by quilter71
Gorgeous quilts and so much inspiration from the world of nature. The photography, color detailing and artistic originality is just outstanding. So glad I purchased this book.Published on February 11, 2014 by Bunny
inspiration, inspiration, inspiration! I've revisited this book many times and have been filled with the desire to create each time.Published on August 27, 2013 by L. SIMCOCK
I like this book a lot. There are a lot of inspiring photos and ideas in this. It is great for quilting inspiration and just enjoyable to look through.Published on July 8, 2013 by JB
This book is a good one to use for ideas give it a try and you will see that it is truePublished on June 25, 2013 by crazy grannie
Well presented, great artists, inspiring stories. Love. Many of the artists have become my favorite. Please have more like this.Published on June 15, 2013 by Patricia A. Arndt