Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters

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Voyageur Press, Oct 15, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
Quilting is a craft, rich with tradition and homespun, practical applications. But it’s also an art--which, with needle, thread, fabric, and an idea, can give us a new way of looking at, and wrapping ourselves in, the world. This book profiles twenty American practitioners of that art, quilters whose fascinating, innovative work takes the craft one step further and makes it into something new. These remarkable quilters describe their inspiration and methods and show us several examples of their best work. Among them are Jeanne Williamson, a celebrated mixed-media journal quilter; Pam Rubert, whose large-scale quilts showcase her humor; Loretta Bennett, the youngest of the beloved Gee's Bend quilters; Boo Davis, a hip crafter who pieces together quilts with heavy-metal themes; Susan Else, who constructs whimsical quilted sculptures; Ai Kijima, a Brooklyn-based artist influenced by Japanese anime; and Jane Burch Cochran, whose folk-art quilts feature thousands of beads and buttons.

Through personal conversations with the quilters, author Spike Gillespie gives us an inside, in-depth look at what inspires each, what methods they use, and how their art has evolved. Along with these close-up views of the quilter’s studio and process, each profile features firsthand tips and inspirational advice. Quilting Art serves as an idea book for quilters, as well as a gorgeous representation of the quilter’s art.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Deidre Adams
17
Pam RuBert
25
Lisa Call
33
Mary Beth Bellah
39
Sarah Williams
47
Angela Moll
53
Joan Dreyer
61
Susan Else
97
Boo Davis
105
Karen Kamenetzky
111
Ai Kijima
117
Mary Louise Butters
123
Margot Lovinger
129
Joanie San Chirico
137
Robbi Joy Eklow
145

Loretta Bennett
67
Jane Burch Cochran
75
Dominie Nash
83
Malka Dubrawsky
91
Jeanne Williamson
151
Index
158
About the Author
160
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Spike Gillespie is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and quilt lover living in Austin, TX. She is the critically acclaimed author of four books, including Quilty as Charged: Undercover in a Material World, and countless magazine articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and other publications. Her popular blog details her misadventures in quilting. http://thesloppyquilter.blogspot.com

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