- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Breckling Press (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933308192
- ISBN-13: 978-1933308197
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Nancy Crow is considered the world's foremost art quilter, and her award-winning work has been instrumental in promoting quiltmaking from traditional craft to an art medium. Her quilts are on permanent display at several world-class art museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Arts & Design. She is the author of Improvisational Quilts, NANCY CROW, and Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences. She lives in Baltimore, Ohio. David Hornung is a painter and former quiltmaker and the author of Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers. He lives in New York City.
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This book is the fourth book that she has published in her extensive career. Like all of the others, the book is of very high quality, replete with fascinating photos and excerpts from the journals she keeps. The book accompanied a 2007 exhibit of twenty-five quilts at the Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The exhibit focused on three series she is working on, "Constructions," (machine pieced and quilted cottons that she hand dyes in her studio; "Markings," (screen printed and monoprinted fabrics that are pieced in large sections and hand quilted) and "Structures" (whole cloth quilts that are screenprinted and then hand quilted). Some of the "Structures" quilts are very reminiscent of the African Bogolanfini textiles.
I have to admit that I was at first quite taken aback by the evolution of some of her work in this book. These are not "pretty" quilts. A number of them are reminiscent of and are named by expressions of her inner anxiety and turmoil, which she writes about in the journals. No, these are not "pretty" quilts, but they are very powerful, very graphic, very beautiful, and I have grown to like them as much as I have liked her other work. The quilts in the "Construction" series had me wondering "How does she do that?" They are fascinating works.
An extensive introductory essay by David Hornung pays tribute to Crow as an artist, teacher and leader in the quilting community. For those interested in learning from her, Nancy Crow teaches classes on her farm in Ohio and around the country.
Prints of her work are very good quality also. I am really enjoying this book and recommend it.