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Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility Perfect Paperback – April 23, 2010
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Daniella Woolf is an award winning artist with an M.A. in Textile Structures from UCLA. She teaches nationally for R and F Paints, Wax Works West Studio and internationally to artists in every medium, and especially to those working in fiber, textiles and mixed media. She also has a very popular instructional DVD out, also entitled Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility.
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In this book she presents many different artists with differing uses of the encaustic medium.
Each artist has their own story to tell, and their own way of expression through wax, which is very enlightening for beginners and advanced encaustic enthusiasts alike. This book shows that wax is one of the most exciting mediums around at the moment.
This is not a "how to" book but a fantastic collection of work and ideas in wax.
This book would be great for beginners and the more advanced encaustic artist because each artist is inspirational in the medium.
Daniella does not teach us how to "do it" in this book. For that, see her video of the same title. This book is about seeing work. The focus is on actual art.
ENCAUSTIC WITH A TEXTILE SENSIBILITY is a dream come true for a wax devotee. In alphabetical order, walk through a wonderful curated show and never have to leave. Go back to look at each page and devour every little morsel over and over again. The plates are large, and the print quality is excellent.
Joanne Mattera, the wax mother of us all, says that "textile sensibility" is about the "primal desire to interlace." I am not sure what that means. Sometimes I get confused in this book if I try to figure out the "textile sensibility" of each artist. Mattera, one of my favorite wax Rock Stars, writes a great forward about "the thread." Daniella is a good writer whose reverence for encaustic processes and the ones who do it comes forth in her small introduction. In this book, words are kept to a minimum. The true beauty of this book is that it is filled with great photos of encaustic art.
The book contains work by rock stars and emerging artists alike, 23 artists in all.
Wrap this book around you like it was your grandmother's patchwork quilt. Visit it time and again. Celebrate the wax inside. Be motivated and inspired. Take more risks. And if you want to touch it or lick it, go right ahead.