Monday, April 5, 2010

"A Book Must be the Ax, for the Frozen Sea Within Us..." (Kafka)

There is no better cure for creative block (the frozen sea!) , than an inspiring book (the ax!)  In the market for a new book, after researching about 10 books, I decided to purchase the next in a series of books I already own written by artist/author, Sandra Meech - Connecting Art to Stitch.

I already have Contemporary  Quilts and Creative Quilts: Inspiration, Texture & Stitch: - both written by Meech, and I can't tell you how many times I have gone to both of them for inspiration or instruction.  I knew by purchasing this most recent book - I couldn't go wrong.

This new book (copyright 2009) is laid out very similar to her other books with a section on, "Using this Book",  as well as five additional sections outlining various techniques and procedures, discussing materials, use, providing examples, and in many cases - "exercises" that really drive home the points she is trying to make, while reinforcing basic design principles.  Yay!

Hey - do you have a favorite "go to" book in your art/craft/quilting/mixed media library?  Do tell.



5 comments:

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Cathie, glad to know that you have found just what was needed.

'The Oil Painting Book' by Bill Creevy, subtitled 'Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist' is my book of choice. It's comprehensive and has been invaluable over the years. BFN, Lesley
PS That was a bunny? Well, well!

Mary said...

I purchased that book too. I really like it.

Julie Bagamary said...

Looks like a great book. I'm currently going through Art+Quilt by Lyric Kinard.

Deborah said...

I haven't purchased any new books recently but Connecting Art to Stitch looks great!

Anonymous said...

I got this book for my birthday last summer and have found it super-helpful and inspiring.

A few books in my personal go-to category: two classics by Roberta Horton - Beyond Calico and The Fabric Makes the Quilt. I also love Stitch Magic by Beaney and Littlejohn and The Passionate Quilter by Michele Walker. Plus two books loaded with color plates of GORGEOUS art quilts made by Japanese artist Setsuko Segawa. The Art Quilt by Michael Kile & Penny McMorris as well as all editions of Art Quilt Digest. And my treasured copies of Art Quilt magazine from the late 80's/early 90's.

It's Acey but for whatever reason I can't seem to sign on to my google account. arrgh!

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