I admit I fell for the title first and when I read the book blurb, I knew I needed to request it. Yes coloring books are all the craze but that wasn’tI admit I fell for the title first and when I read the book blurb, I knew I needed to request it. Yes coloring books are all the craze but that wasn’t why this title caught my eye, the two words Design and Workbook were. My art education ended in jr. high. Yes, I took an architecture history course in college, but other than spending time strolling through the Met and MoMA, that’s about as formal as my art education gets. It’s a challenge now working with artists and those special people who just “get” color. I am challenged greatly if asked to mix more than two to three, could this title be what I’ve looked for?
Yes. And it’s so much more.
Knauer has condensed modern art history, color theory, and quilting into 144 pages of an amazing book. It is helpful for those who have aspirations to quilt (such as I do) , those who want to understand the relationship of color and space, and for those who love to color!
After a clear introduction to Knauer and his philosophy to modern art and color, we jump into sections that cover seven aesthetics of modern art. They are organized beautifully and make the book really work.
Each section begins with an overview of the aesthetic. We then see a sample quilt followed by an example in modern art. Following this foundation, there are both design exercises and coloring exercises to cause the reader to test and stretch ideas.
It is the design exercises that set this workbook apart from all the coloring books proliferating on store shelves and provides useful education for all artists. For example, in the section Balance, the reader is asked to add a shape that balances the composition and then another to again throw it into imbalance. Repeating until the desired effect is reached. Wow, it’s not easy. It’s made me stop and think about how I use shape and color value and layout. For more on these experiments please read Quilt Design Coloring Workbook: Why Include Design Experiments???
The appendices includes a summary of modern art movements with selected artists and selected further readings.
I highly recommend this book!
I received an eARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a review. The FTC wants you to know....more
I know. Or, actually, I don't. I have no idea what made me place a hold request for this book. But -- surprise -- I'm happy I did and hope that a newI know. Or, actually, I don't. I have no idea what made me place a hold request for this book. But -- surprise -- I'm happy I did and hope that a new obsession is not forming. I know that in my bookshelves/tags for the goodreads review I have this as craft--weaving which isn't quite correct. Deal. It's where my brain will look for it, I also have it as craft--other.
As I knew nothing at all about the process of twining before I read this book, I found it delightful and very informative. While it looses a few points for being soft bound and not twin-ring bound (? dual-ring? whatever) it is very nicely laid out with an extensive tutorial on the technique in words, diagrams, and very clear photos. It also lays out the difference between twining and other fabric created by other fibre arts.
Furthermore, there are a range of projects (18, as per the title) that rang in size from the expected rugs, to the unexpected -- napkin rings. I feel that this nudge toward the slightly unexpected is providing this traditional art with great modern artistic possibilities.
I now fear for all the textiles in my house, least I decide that for example, our duvet cover would prefer instead to live as a twined cushion! ...more
I have meant to check this book out from the library since I first came across it during research for my Master's project over a year and a half ago.I have meant to check this book out from the library since I first came across it during research for my Master's project over a year and a half ago. I finally stopped by the Brooklyn Business Library a few weeks ago and I'm not really sure why I waited. This book is full of answers to common questions and while parts of it are dated (in my eyes) by not being able to mention what a force the internet and Etsy, Craftster, and Ravelry have played in changing the environment, it is still quite valuable. I found that the format mostly worked for me, though sometimes the alphabetization didn't make sense. At first I was disappointed to find the index lacking (since I read through most books backwards) but was delighted to find that the table of contents provided theme based organization to the Q/A. If you are really serious and about to launch a crafts business I do suggest you look at this book as I felt it was valuable to me in understanding some things I hadn't thought about due to the nature of my other business (technology consulting)....more
Within the pages of this slender volume are stories of 25 women who have done it-- crafted a business and found a sustainable way to have joy in theirWithin the pages of this slender volume are stories of 25 women who have done it-- crafted a business and found a sustainable way to have joy in their daily work. I found the essays well edited and the photographs added so much more to it -- something I did expect when I saw that Country Living had a role in the process. I found the stories inspiring and useful to me as I try to break out of the mold I've been placed into for years and try to find the balance between the crafts I enjoy and the "knowledge worker" that sits in front of a computer screen. ...more
Long before Japanese craft books were cool, I discovered how inspiring they can be. This floral embroidery book does not disappoint in the least. It iLong before Japanese craft books were cool, I discovered how inspiring they can be. This floral embroidery book does not disappoint in the least. It includes both stylized inspiration ideas and very useful photo tutorials which makes my very limited Japanese a moot point. ...more