500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work

Overview

A beautiful new addition to the successful series

A 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 presents 500 magnificent contemporary art quilts, made in fabric and other media, and showcasing diverse designs, materials, and techniques.

From their very inception, these ...

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Overview

A beautiful new addition to the successful series

A 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 presents 500 magnificent contemporary art quilts, made in fabric and other media, and showcasing diverse designs, materials, and techniques.

From 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 more!

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for 500 Art Quilts by Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan:
 
"This collection of stunning contemporary art quilts is both visually and conceptually tantalizing. Juror Karey Bresenhan, the president of Quilts, Inc., and the director of the International Quilt Festival, offers a thoughtful introduction that reflects on the history of the art quilt. The quilts themselves represent the diversity of the medium and the vast array of approaches that can be taken within it. Styles range from realistic to abstract, and techniques from collage to patchwork. Many quilts demonstrate the finest examples of surface design, while others feature superb hand and machine stitching. One of the most moving aspects of this collection is the diversity of subject matters: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, abstracts, and more evoke a wide range of sentiments and are a testament to the limitless possibilities of the art quilting medium. With so many artists included, this book introduces new and exciting talents amongst many recognizable favorites." — Quilting Arts Magazine
 
"The magnificent pieces found in 500 Art Quilts, edited by Ray Hemachandra, show how quilts are more than bedspreads — they are now considered true works of art found on gallery walls and in fine art museums. After a short introduction by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, founder and president of Quilts, Inc., the remaining 400 pages are filled with images of stunning 21st century quilts. Flipping through this colorful book, you'll find that 500 quilts are simply not enough." — AmericanStyle
 

“What an incredible feast for the eyes! These 500 wonderful works of art created with fabric and thread form a bountiful, international collection of the best in art quilts today. There is something new and engaging to discover on every page, one masterpiece after another. This gorgeous book is a must-have for every art lover, quilter, and fiber enthusiast.” — Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates and curator of Masters: Art Quilts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600590580
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: 500 Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 184,464
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    inspirational, artistic, expressive

    If art quilts are your thing, this book should be on your sewing room shelf. It contains wonderful examples of many styles of quilts including photo-transfer, raw-edge appliqué, faux felting, and stamping. The quilts range from the representational to new variations on old patterns to the funny to the disturbing to the what-was-the artist thinking? There are no patterns, of course - art quilts are not meant to be copied - but the book provides loads of inspiration for both the experienced and novice artist. Unfortunately, the short introduction to the book does not give readers much information about the selection of the quilts. We're told that the woman who compiled the book, Karey Patterson Bresenhan, is the founder of Quilts, Inc. and director of the International Quilt Festival [Doing an internet search, I found that Quilts, Inc. is the parent company of three international quilt festivals and two trade shows for the quilting and soft crafts industries.]. The quilts are named and dated, and brief descriptions are given (size, fabrics, method of creation), but Bresenhan does not indicate if they are her personal favorites or if/when they won awards. There doesn't appear to be any order to the book, by date, location, or maker. These details aren't really necessary, but a bit more information would, I think, make viewing the book both more informative and more enjoyable. Those details aside, this is a beautiful volume, one well worth a trip to your local book store or library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    A Must Have Book That's All Eye Candy!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    recommended

    This was a lovely compendium of mixed media art quilts. I would love to have had a bit more information on the artists and techniques. However, I was also just as happy to have such an array of quilt works at my fingertips. As an amateur quilter these pieces seemed exceedingly far from my reach but beautiful all the same

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    Posted August 16, 2010

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