Prime 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary WorkAuthor Ray Hemachandra – Carcier.co

A beautiful new addition to the successful seriesA vibrant and growing community of crafters has embraced quilting, and this outstanding international collection will inspire and captivate them Juried by Karey Bresenhan, one of the most prominent figures in quilting, it presentsmagnificent contemporary art quilts, made in fabric and other media, and showcasing diverse designs, materials, and techniquesFrom their very inception, these quilts were destined for display rather than practical use, with an extraordinary quality of image, form, line, and composition Artists include Pamela Allen Alice Beasley Eszter Bornemisza Jane Burch Cochran Judith Content Chiaki Dosho Noriko Endo Caryl Bryer Fallert Jamie Fingal Linda Gass Jenny Hearn Judy Coates Perez Yvonne Porcella Susan Shie Jen Swearington and many


10 thoughts on “500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work

  1. Marie Z. Johansen Marie Z. Johansen says:

    500 Art Quilts is another delicious book published by one of my all time favorite art craft publishing houses, Lark Books I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review this book because I knew that it was going to be a really important library addition.For those of you who may not be aware of Lark books their publications are always beautifully produced They use high quality paper that even feels nice in your hand I am a book sniffer and feeler and Lark books are always a pleas 500 Art Quilts is another delicious book published by one of my all time favorite art craft publishing houses, Lark Books I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review this book because I knew that it was going to be a really important library addition.For those of you who may not be aware of Lark books their publications are always beautifully produced They use high quality paper that even feels nice in your hand I am a book sniffer and feeler and Lark books are always a pleasure to hold and page through Perhaps one of the most important things is that Lark s photography is second to none in my opinion Every Lark book that I have ever owned has been a keeper Amazingly, for all of the high quality that goes into every Lark book they pricing is remarkable reasonable No, I am not affiliated with Lark other than having the opportunity to review this book just a very happy book hoarder.This 8 inch square 20.32 cm 432 page book is filled with art textile quilt art in all of it s myriad forms and fantastical colors 346 quilt artists are represented in this book.The quilts were juried by the quilt world s own Karey Bresenhan, founder and President of Quilts,Inc To note just a few of the artists that are included Pamela Allen Alice Beasley Jane Burch Cochran Judith Content Chiaki Dosho Noriko Endo Caryl Bryer Fallert Jamie Fingal Linda Gass Jenny Hearn Judy Coates Perez Yvonne Porcella Susan Shie Jen Swearington Sarah Smith Diana Bracey Stacy Hurt The best of the best are included in this book that spans works from 1989 to 2008 The book includes a wide variety of topics portraits, landscapes, dream works, pictorial, abstracts, traditional with a twist and an even wider variety of techniques This book is simply a must have book for any textile art enthusiast It s a book that you will return to again and again for inspiration and enjoyment There are quilts that with energize you , quilts that will calm you, quilts that will make you think and quilts that will make you say WoW Get this book you won t be disappointed


  2. Juneau Public Library Juneau Public Library says:

    This wonderful book, which contains an amazing variety of quilts created by contemporary quilters, is both inspiring, if you are a quilter, or simply enjoyable to browse, if you re not a quilter Some of the quilts in this book are astonishingly elaborate Information about the artists and what techniques they used are included Other books in the 500 series include 500 Baskets, 500 Cups, and 500 Handmade Dolls.Recommended by Nila


  3. JayeL JayeL says:

    Thanks to Lark Books for sending me this book to review I love getting cool books for free And this is a really cool book It is part of Lark Books 500 Series, which they appear to have been working on for about 6 years Taking a quick look a their webpage, it looks like this series would be wonderful if you are stumped for inspiration They have a variety of titles in this series covering different types of art Included are glass beads, rings, wooden boxes, polymer clay designs and beaded o Thanks to Lark Books for sending me this book to review I love getting cool books for free And this is a really cool book It is part of Lark Books 500 Series, which they appear to have been working on for about 6 years Taking a quick look a their webpage, it looks like this series would be wonderful if you are stumped for inspiration They have a variety of titles in this series covering different types of art Included are glass beads, rings, wooden boxes, polymer clay designs and beaded objects The only one I have seen is the 500 Art Quilts book.First off NO patterns I have nothing against patterns They definitely serve their purpose, but I don t need patterns and basic directions on how to make a quilt in every quilt book published This book is pure inspiration There is page after page of contemporary quilt eye candy, which, in certain circumstances, is just what the doctor ordered I was nervous that the book would be filled with the same old quilts that are always shown when books and articles are written about art quilts There were one or two I had seen before, and a few quilts from the 1990s, but for the most part included were quilts that were new to me I was also pleased to see that the quilts were relatively recent I was also pleased to see that some new names had their quilts included.Second, Karey Bresenhan was the juror Whatever you think about her style, the woman has seen a few quilts in her day and knows good quilts She has taken the opportunity to select a wide variety of contemporary quilts There is something for every quiltmaker s taste in this book If you like contemporary quilts that jump off from classic patterns, take a look at Kathy York s piece, Little Cities pg.15 or Carol Taylor s Dispersion on pg.366 If you like thread painting, one of the best pieces I have ever seen is Nancy Murty s Greens for Dinner pg 351 For applique Kathy Nida s Lost pg.217 and Nancy S Brown s The Usual Suspects pg.329 are excellent examples There are also photo realistic quilts, dispersed dye quilts and everything in between Additionally, Bresenhan is a talented writer Her introduction is wonderful There is a lot of history, opinion and experience in the two pages allotted to this section She puts to rest the art vs craft debate very skillfully, easily links quiltmaking to the broader concepts of art that many trained artists learn in school and made me not want to wait to finish reading because I was so excited about the quilts It is well written, interesting ans well worth the time to read it.When I first started to look at this book, I began categorizing the quilt by like and do not like Then I stopped, started over and began looking at the quilts purely for inspiration Every quilt, with a few exceptions, have something I found to inspire me or gave me something to think about I don t mean that the quilts sent me a literal message I was able to look at each page and find something I could look at and wonder how the artist accomplished that particular element This is definitely a book where a website of further information on each quilt would be welcome Third, Lark includes an index of quiltmakers with their city and the page s on which their quilts are shown I love indexes and this makes it much easier to see which artists were included and which ones havethan one quilt I love seeing names I recognize and there are several acquaintances and one or two friends in the lists of artists This index would have been improved by include each artists blog or website, but I understand the space constraints as well.Fourth, having so many quilts gives the reader a wide variety from which to be inspired Some of the quiltmakers havethan one piece in the book Yvonne Porcella s Paris View, Lou Who, Two Two jumped out at me, because it is so different that the style with which I normally associate her work the bright colors and black and white checkerboards The reader can flip between the above and her Dick and Jane pg.61 to see her evolution as a quiltmaker There are enough quilts in the book to see progress in people s work without one person dominating the book.Fifth, the detail shots the authors have included are well placed and thoughtfully selected Philippa Naylor s piece, Star Sign pg.60 shows a detail of her quilting The detail is so good, albeit small, that the reader can see the evenness of her stitching, the way she fills in areas and the color changes.One of the oldest quilts I saw in the book was from 1995 It is Natasha Kempers Cullen s piece, Heart of Lightness pg.43 The quilts are not chronological and, though, I specifically tried to find the oldest pieces so I could try to judge how many times I may have seen the quilts in the book, I don t know that this piece is the oldest My impression most of them I had not seen A few I have seen once.While I am a visual person, I am often drawn to the text about a quilt As a result, I often forget to look at the quilt Initially I struggled with wanting to knowabout the artists thoughts on the quilt Finally, I reminded myself that these quilts are probably on the web somewhere and if I really wanted to find out , I probably could Bresenhan speaks to this when she says in her introduction The goal with this type of work is to remove all distractions, so that the energy and spirit of the art can speak clearly to the viewer If she thought about this when selecting the quilts, then I feel I should just look at each page and let the pieces speak to me without interference from words.There is a strong visual context in the quilts selected That may sound strange, but since the pieces are reproduced in a book, pieces where the medium or a certain technique are preeminent would not be successful These types of pieces seemed to be left for a different book or another method of presentation The one piece in this genre that was included was Hooked on Caffeine by Penelope E Mace I love the shape of the fish I couldn t figure out why it looked so dirty until I read the materials and techniques list and saw that it was made from coffee filters I have no doubt that this piece would have muchof an impact in person.I was also glad to see that the authors did not feel obligated to include some prominent quiltmakers just because of their names In addition to my own work, I enjoy seeing as much of other quiltmakers work as possible There are tons of quiltmakers in this book whose work is new to me What a pleasure to be exposed new pieces Works from renowned quiltmakers were also included, but, again, they did not dominate the book I was glad to see two of Susan Shie s tarot deck quilts, one of Jane Sassaman s pieces and a piece by Judy Coates Perez.There is a lot of wonderful colorwork shown in this book, such as Faye Timmerman Traudt s Desert Blooms and Jan Elliott s Shot in the Dark By now I have glanced through this book at least 10 times Twice I went through it page by page and consciously looked at each image Each time, I was able to find something new to look at I am sure that I will have the same experience next time I look through it I think this book is well worth having in your library I am really glad Lark sent it to me, because I would not have been able to buy it right away otherwise I hope you will rush out and buy this book and encourage Lark to put together volume 2 in a few years Highly recommended


  4. Deb Deb says:

    I ve been reading a lot and need a change of pace browsing library shelves, I found a picture book for adults, 500 Art Quilts It is indeed an inspiring collection It is a feast for the eyes, rich vibrant, thought provoking It is a balm for the soul, a spark for creativity A Wow how did they do that The book is extremely well laid out The quilts on opposite pages compliment each other Exuberance and Abandoned both show young boys with very different backgrounds Their eyes welcome I ve been reading a lot and need a change of pace browsing library shelves, I found a picture book for adults, 500 Art Quilts It is indeed an inspiring collection It is a feast for the eyes, rich vibrant, thought provoking It is a balm for the soul, a spark for creativity A Wow how did they do that The book is extremely well laid out The quilts on opposite pages compliment each other Exuberance and Abandoned both show young boys with very different backgrounds Their eyes welcome me into their setting, one with joy, the other warily Some titles just nailed it Both Ends Burning, Building Over the Past, Three Sheets to the Wind, Living out Loud, and the humorous, Cow Pie and Hindsight Landscapes and faces, wild patterns and words the artists prortray thoughtful pieces of our world Often I wanted to seedetails than the 8 x 8 pages provides, but sometimes there were close up insets The only thing better would be seeing them in person, talking with the textile artists, and sharing the experience with appreciative friends Since they are most likely scattered all over the country, this was the next best thing I think I ll check out this vibrant quilt museum in the winter again, when my world is colder and darker


  5. Carly Carly says:

    Beautiful collection.


  6. Laura Laura says:

    There were some phenomenal quilts in this book I was so amazed at the images created by fabric, I even mistook a couple of quilts for paintings I was impressed with the variety of quilts and patterns and only saw one or two quilts I thought were lackluster and not worth being featured in this book If you are a quilt lover you would probably want to check out this book Taken from my book reviews blog There were some phenomenal quilts in this book I was so amazed at the images created by fabric, I even mistook a couple of quilts for paintings I was impressed with the variety of quilts and patterns and only saw one or two quilts I thought were lackluster and not worth being featured in this book If you are a quilt lover you would probably want to check out this book Taken from my book reviews blog


  7. Lorri Lorri says:

    Of the three art history of quilting books I borrowed from the library, this is the one that disappointed me It seems the selection criteria was who was willing to send us a picture Many of the iconic art quilts artists are missing There is no particular organization to the book and there is no information provided about the quilt or the quilter as I so enjoyed in the other books And the size of the book means the pictures are small an crowded.


  8. Caro Caro says:

    The small format and high quality reproduction make this an appealing book to hold and look at The range of styles is as diverse as quilting itself 500 is a couple hundredthan I can look at forthan a few minutes at a time Taken all together, this banquet is too rich


  9. Cauchy09 Cauchy09 says:

    just a slapdash compendium of quilt photos clearly there was a filter they didn t publish just anything but with a goal of 500 quilts in one bookwell, you know.still worth a few flip throughs, though.


  10. June June says:

    Beautiful book of art inspired quilts