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Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media Paperback – July 1, 2012
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About the Author
Lisa Solomon is a studio artist that moonlights as a college professor and graphic designer. Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization (sparked from her Happa heritage), Solomon's mixed-media works and installations revolve thematically around domesticity, craft, and triggers that may be construed as masculine and/or feminine. She is drawn to found objects tending to alter them conceptually so their meanings and original uses or intents are repurposed. She often fuses "wrong" things together--recontextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that question the line between ART and CRAFT. She received her BA in art in 1995 from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. She has exhibited and works with galleries both nationally and internationally, is in numerous private and public collections, and is continually tweeking artworks in her backyard studio. She resides in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, a three-legged cat, a cross-eyed cat, a deaf French bulldog, a pit-bull, and many, many spools of thread. She is the author of Knot Thread Stitch (Quarry Books, 2012). www.lisasolomon.com
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While it's not marketed that way, this book is ideal for a crafter with curious children. There are two examples for most of the projects -- a basic procedure and the "artist version" -- and I can imagine parents using this book to teach their children how to sew properly. The "Portrait of Papa" piece is a lovely example of how a childlike imagination, coupled with almost expert-level sewing, can produce brilliant and whimsical work.
My favorite projects in "Knot Thread Stitch" are those that stem from the author's interest in her Japanese heritage. The robot and kokeshi finger puppets, along with the sashiko skirt, are items I'd probably make for myself. The author's procedures are good introductions to these styles.
It's unfortunate that there are some copy editing gaffes; I hope these oversights can be corrected in a future edition.
(This review first appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the idea of mixing media, but the drawings she used as the base for embroidery were generally more primitive than I would've liked.Published on August 20, 2013 by Susan Shane
Has the basics and many creative, up to date designs that can stand alone or be embellished. Good instructions. Easy to follow.Published on June 25, 2013 by louise edwards
I am bit of a beginner, but this book will be a source of inspiration to me for years to come.
The embroideries from photos are my favorite, second is the use of... Read more
There's nothing old fashioned here. Super inspiring project ideas interpreted through different artists eyes. These is the embroidery book i've been looking for. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by N. Anderson
Very creative ideas! Modern ways to use mixed media and stitching. Awesome book for new inspiration and photo stitching by hand!Published on January 30, 2013 by Kim F
Lisa Solomon's book is what I have been waiting for! Full of technique and insightful lessons which - by the way- are beautifully photographed make anyone at ease with creating... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Susan Schwake