American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Art - 376 pages
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Sumptuous, informative, and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, it’s a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage. Not only does author Robert Shaw provide an insightful look at quilting aesthetics, he places the craft in its historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context, providing a visually lush journey through American history.

This opulent volume starts with old-world traditions and goes up to date, examining key moments that had an impact on quilting culture—including Amish emigration, slavery and the Civil War, the Depression, new sewing technology, and the Bicentennial. More than 350 stunning images capture a rich variety of work created by people from all walks of life.

 

 

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Robert Shaw's book, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007, is an exceptional read for lovers of quilt history, made even a more important book because of the very large and clear color photos offered. The book is delicately and carefully worded and a representative selection of American made quilts are shown. This is an amazingly heavy volume with 376 pages. Every quilt historian or fan of American History will want to add this to their collection! ~Patricia Cummings, quilt historian and owner of Quilter's Muse Publications, an online educational website for quilts and textiles.~ 

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Contents

American QuiltsThe Democratic Art
1
Old World Traditions and American Beginnings 17801825
19
King Cotton 182560
37
The Golden Age of Applique 184060
57
The Rise of the Pieced Quilt 184080
79
A Nation Divided 184070
99
Exuberance and Imagination 18701910
119
Crazy Quilts and Log Cabins 18761920
143
Nostalgia Social Causes and Hard Times 191040
221
Simmering Along 194070
253
The Great Revival 19702000
277
The Art of Intention 19702000 39
309
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow 20002007
333
acknowledgments
356
INDEX
365
PICTURE CREDITS
376

Diversity 18701940
167
The Amish 18801940
191

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About the author (2009)

Robert Shaw is a former curator of the Shelburne Museum, Sotheby's consultant, and recognized authority on American folk art. He has written numerous books on American crafts.

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