Time to return another batch of books to the library – here’s what I’ve been reading:
Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts by RaNae Merrill
Interesting book but not something I want to pursue at this time. This would be perfect for the person who wants to really get into geometric work. There is good information in here about choosing your fabrics – scale and color – in order to make the spirals really swirl.
Again, some great machine quilting work on her examples. And, I love the concentric circle appliqued on the cover.
Personal Imagery in Art Quilts by Erika Carter
This is another one of those books that details the transition the quilter made from traditional quilting to art quilting. Her later work is quite abstract and that is the work that most appeals to me. I’m sure it represents specific ‘stuff’ to her – but I like that I can interpret it to mean anything I want it to mean. Truly, isn’t that art in general? I struggle with art critics and art instructors and all telling me WHAT or HOW I should interpret something (whether it’s a painting, a photo or a story or whatever).
She says….”Personal, internal landscapes are organic.” (I LOVE the word ‘organic’……it’s my new favorite word after ‘fractured reality’). Back to Erika…..”Personal, internal landscapes are organic. They live, change, and grow. Some aspects wither and die.” She goes on to talk about how she came up with an entire new language – the language of landscape which became metaphors for personal issues. Sounds a little deep and I may not be getting the entire gist of her thoughts across – but suffice it to say that the words in this book are just as inspiring as her quilts. I think it’s her story that is most compelling because it’s not that it is a story of great strife and chaos or hardship (or it could be, I’m not sure) but more that she had the internal angst……she knew at times that she wanted to do something different but she didn’t have a path to follow or know the path to follow and yet she just kept plugging along until she found HER way.
I am drawn to her work. I like the hand-dyed fabrics and I like the squares and rectangles. They are visually appealing to me.
Art Cloth by Jane Dunnewold
There is a ton of information in this book for dying and painting fabric. Not only does it cover the different techniques for adding or removing color but it gives you ideas for developing your workspace, the tools you need and how to build layers of color onto your fabric.
One of the techniques I’m going to try is fabric resist using flour. I’ve dyed 3 pieces of fabric to use in my 2012 leader/ender project but I’m not quite happy with them yet. I’m thinking by doing the flour resist, I can add some depth to the fabric. As soon as we have a couple days of dry weather – I’ll be tackling her method. Should be interesting!
This is another one of those books that I would definitely check out again or perhaps even purchase.