In Masters Art Quilts Vol. 2, Martha Sielman has gathered the art work of 40 contemporary art quilters into a lush volume that is a perfect companion to Masters Art Quilts Vol.1. Each artist is represented with 6-12 pieces of their work, including some details to give a really rich overview of their style. Sielman accompanies each of the artists' work with a brief description of their work, their inspirations, and their techniques. Each piece of artwork is labeled with title, year created, dimensions, materials and techniques.
The book is well designed, easy to use with a softcover and front and back flaps, and the photography is exquisite.
I selected several artists' work for this review to illustrate the level of work in the book. It was truly a hard decision.
Urubamba by Jan Myers-Newberry showcases her exquisite shibori dyed cloth. She has used a lively interplay of small and larger textures, warm and cool colors, and has created much energy and movement by connecting shibori patterns across many different fabrics.
While Myers-Newberry's work showcases her fabrics, Frisian Sky by Dirkje van der Horst-Beetsma owes its pattern to her intense machine stitching.
Horst-Beetsma creates pattern with multiple small squares of hand dyed fabrics, and also with stitched lines on whole cloth.
This piece consists of five panels that are attached with zippers of varying lengths. There are even half zippers on each side, indicating that the piece could be zipped together into a three dimensional column. Her thread choices make the sky lively. Her sky abstraction tugs at memories of beautiful sunny days.
Rise Nagïn works with sheers. They may be layered, painted, appliqued or any of the other techniques of the quilter. By working with sheers, light becomes a constant in her work. Heliotaxis at 138 x 420 inches ( 3.5 x 6 m) is large enough for the audience to walk in and among its panels.
The energy of the piece comes from the overlapping layers of abstract organic designs, some in the foreground and some shadowed in layers behind.
Each of the artists in the book has developed their own signature styles, but the book shows how one can work within a very defined oeuvre and still be growing and changing.
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