I picked up a few art quilt books the last time I went to the library. None of them are recent books – published dates of 2004, 2003 & 2009.
The first one, Journey of an Art Quilter by Barbara Olson
It is interesting but totally outside of what I want to do. Amazing work and an inspiring story of how she found her life’s purpose and developed the confidence to develop her quilting career. Examining the quilting work – the free motion quilting was what I enjoyed the most about this book although that wasn’t the focus of the book. It was also inspiring to watch her progression from doing a sampler quilt to making award-winning quilts.
A couple key quotes from Barbara Olson’s book:
“If I do have talent, how do I develop it?” “Practice, practice, practice”
“using your brain is the slowest way to create. Using your intuition and feelings is the quickest way to create unique images.”
Ask the questions “what if?” “what now?”
Next on my library reading list was Contemporary Quilts – Design, Surface and Stitch by Sandra Meech.
I know the phrase O-M-G is overused and all but O-M-G! This book is right up my alley. I actually need to check it out again because there is so much in it that I want to explore and learn. The cover alone is amazing. It covers inspiration, different surfaces, the design process, color and then stitching. Nearly every page has something that grabs my eye and makes me want to look at it closer.
One thing I really like about her work is that she incorporates photographs into her quilts. Another potential use for the Matilda’s inkjet fabric perhaps?
Probably one of the key things I picked up from her book is that I need to keep a sketchbook or journal handy to capture my ideas. That is the first thing on my list to organize this week. Nothing fancy (I can fancy it up later) just something convenient that I can keep near me to capture my quilting thoughts and ideas.
The machine quilting on this gals quilts is fabulous also. She includes lots of wave-like motion and rocks/pebbles and just free form lines that accentuate her vision. I’ll definitely be checking this book out again to study it in more depth.
The 3rd book I checked out is by Lyric Kinard called art + quilt
I seriously WANT this book. I think it has to be on my bookshelf. It’s on my Amazon wish list. For sure, I’m going to try to keep it for another month – hopefully it’s not on someone else’s list of books that they are waiting for. Here are a couple quotes from the first couple pages…..
“I firmly believe that everyone is creative in some way, and that if you have the desire and the willingness to learn, you can become an artist.”
“Learning the fundamental elements of art and principles of design is just like learning to read and write.”
“Surround yourself with people who support you. Find others who wish to take the journey and walk together on the path to creativity.”
“Give yourself permission to learn one step at a time and to make mistakes along the way.”
There are exercises to do, quotes to read, things to make you think and feel. Where to gather inspiration, playing with color, values and contrast……so much stuff in this book. I has me totally inspired.