Nancy Crow: Transitions

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World-renowned quilter Nancy Crow's work is presented for a general audience for the first time in this volume. Divided into nine major quilt series, the book shows not only the diversity and dynamism of Crow's work, but also many of the artifacts and places that inspired her. With excerpts from her journals and sketch books combined with side panels that track important events in her life, this book also gives insight into how Crow's thinking and art evolved after major events in her life. Many of the featured ...
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Overview


World-renowned quilter Nancy Crow's work is presented for a general audience for the first time in this volume. Divided into nine major quilt series, the book shows not only the diversity and dynamism of Crow's work, but also many of the artifacts and places that inspired her. With excerpts from her journals and sketch books combined with side panels that track important events in her life, this book also gives insight into how Crow's thinking and art evolved after major events in her life. Many of the featured quilts have never before been photographed.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Not just a catalog of wonderful artworks but an introduction to an equally impressive person, this book is a fine example of creative spirit and artistic insight. Highly recommended."  —Library Journal

"Beautiful art monograph...full-color photographs and engaging text."  —Fiberarts magazine

"A page turner from quilt to quilt, each a tour de force of color and design."  —
Columbus Dispatch

"This book offers a rare and comprehensive insight into the work and life of a true artist...informative and inspirational."  —Selvedge magazine

"This book, like the author, makes a phenomenal statement about quilting, art, textiles, self-expression, [and] the creative process."  —American Quilt Retailer

"The stunning color [and] insightful text . . . combine to make this a book to please any quilter or lover of quilts."  —Piecework magazine

"The book succeeds admirably . . . an inspiring volume on several levels."  —Surface Design Journal

"[Nancy Crow] stands at the forefront of innovative quiltmaking and...is one of the premier colorists in contemporary American art."  —Jean Robertson, Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Surface Design Journal
The book succeeds admirably ... an inspiring volume on several levels.
Columbus Dispatch
A page turner from quilt to quilt, each a tour de force of color and design.
Selvedge magazine
This book offers a rare and comprehensive insight into the work and life of a true artist...informative and inspirational.
American Quilt Retailer
This book, like the author, makes a phenomenal statement about quilting, art, textiles, self-expression, [and] the creative process.
Piecework magazine
stunning color [and] insightful text...combine to make this a book to please any quilter or lover of quilts
Bookwatch
A vivacious albeit bitingly critical collection of the most mock-worthy moments in new millennium American politics.
Library Journal
In the hands of this singular artist, the quilt, a traditional craft form, has become an evolving art form: innovative in color and style, with new inspirations and techniques. This book examines Crow's work since 1988, tracing her movement from historical forms of pattern and construction to the liberation of improvisation and freehand cutting. Crow herself describes this evolution in very personal terms, including diary excerpts that deal with everything from the origin of a theme to her daily life of balancing home and studio. Progressing from the more familiar color blocks and wedding-ring patterns to templates with bow-tie shapes, she found the need to break away from the strictures of the past and move forward, altering shapes and colors. The presentation of color blocks, linear studies, and various contemporary constructions, plus discussion of planning and creating a magnificent quilt called Chinese Souls, complete the study. Her moving description of the impetus for Chinese Souls, based on a 1990 experience in China, when she witnessed the execution of a group of young men accused of minor crimes, cannot help but impress the reader with the humanity of this artist. Not just a catalog of wonderful artworks but an introduction to an equally impressive person, this book is a fine example of creative spirit and artistic insight. Highly recommended.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933308036
  • Publisher: Breckling Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 807,461
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Crow is an art quilter whose work is on permanent display at several world-class art museums, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the American Craft Museum–New York City, and the Museum of American Folk Art. She is a fellow of the American Crafts Council, a member of the Quilters' Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the National Living Treasure Award. She lives in Baltimore, Ohio. Jean Robertson is an associate professor of art history at Indiana University.
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    new avenues in quilting

    Since the 1970s, Crow has been an unquestioned 'catalyst and prime mover of the art quilt movement' for her belief that the medium of quilts contained 'the potential for intense experimentation and a place in the centers of art exhibition and discussion.' Anyone who sees quilts Crow has done will not deny this. By 1990 Crow's art quilts displaying 'technical innovations [and] complex compositions [involving] inventive deconstructions and reconfigurations of historic quilt patterns melded with pattern and color relationships of Crow's own inventions' were attracting wider notice among quilters and in art circles for convincingly demonstrating the artist's belief about the potential of the medium. In recognition of this, this high-quality art book follows Crow's work from about 1990 to the present in bountifully-illustrated chapters covering a few years at a time. This format allows for the laying out of numerous of the art quilts while focusing on specific innovations and her creativity and growth in these most productive and creative years. This also gives space for Crow to regularly make comments on sources, techniques, and aims of particular quilts and ideas surrounding her art. A good, published poet--as an introductory poem by her evidences--Crow has much to say about self-knowledge and creativity. Crow's quilts with their dramatically-arranged, vivid geometric shapes have the presence of a work of art. Practically single-handed with the interest and encouragement of quilting enthusiasts, she has modernized quilt-making by changing it from a tradition-bound craft with limited artistic aspects to an art with reminiscences of its origins in American crafts.

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