What took me so long? I saw this book first during the summer of 2013. One of my Art Quilt Campus participants brought along to share. I nearly drooled on the cover (just kidding) but vowed then that I would pick it up… soon.
Soon came nearly two years later during the Edmonton and District Quilt Guild Festival of Quilts in early June. There is was, the cover was haunting me… the holes (yes the white circles are actually holes) kept pulling me back to the rack I first detected the book. It literally jumped off the shelf into my hands and then sort of stuck to them until I carried it to the till to pay.
I decided to review the book today as it goes well with the Contest Theme I introduced last week. The theme is “Exploring Line: Make your Mark.” I encourage all of you to explore with pen, machine and/or hand needles and thread, any tool you might find on the table, the ground, the forest floor, the beach that may make a mark on any surface. Not feeling too creative? This book is sure to thwart any creative block or help you climb that giant wall back to creativity!
The focus of the book is on making marks on fibers and fabrics. All of the these samples can be translated using pen, pencil, drawing pad, or even a drift wood stick to create lines in the sand on a beach. Let’s go one step further: Did you plant a garden this year? Do you have some lines that have emerged… fresh vegetables, carrot tops, flowers? I saw ad HEARD the proverbial penny drop!!
The key to participating in this summer contest is that you take a picture of your end result and submit it via email . I plan to create and upload a slide show in early September and let the readership of this blog vote on the winners! Don’t miss out on updates, sign up as a follower today to stay in the loop…
Enough about the summer contest, back to the book on hand. Eight in-depth chapters lead the reader from introduction to the variety of marks one can explore. A clearly written chapter covering the observation, recording and collecting of marks for future inspiration is easy to follow with photographs and sketches. The book’s contents naturally flow from making marks on paper, creating stitches on fabric to translating these explorations into concrete examples and how to make mark making a vital part of the creative life. The book is rounded out with a detailed chapter providing resources for materials, equipment, suppliers and organizations to investigate and join. All around, I love this book and find myself reaching for it often.
I know this book is not new. Do you own it? Do you love it? Do you have additional feedback? This is your chance to share in the comment section!
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