Visual Guide to Working in a Series: Next Steps in Inspired Design * Gallery of 200+ Art Quilts

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This inspiring guide from art quilter Elizabeth Barton is for quilt artists who have mastered the basics and want to explore deeper levels of creativity and skill. Learn how making a series of quilts can help you generate more ideas, find new subtleties in favorite subjects, and build a body of work for shows. Creative exercises help you develop your own themes and techniques. Includes a huge gallery of more than 200 examples from Elizabeth and other working art quilters. Packed with hands-on lessons and ...
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Visual Guide to Working in a Series: Next Steps in Inspired Design * Gallery of 200+ Art Quilts

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Overview

This inspiring guide from art quilter Elizabeth Barton is for quilt artists who have mastered the basics and want to explore deeper levels of creativity and skill. Learn how making a series of quilts can help you generate more ideas, find new subtleties in favorite subjects, and build a body of work for shows. Creative exercises help you develop your own themes and techniques. Includes a huge gallery of more than 200 examples from Elizabeth and other working art quilters. Packed with hands-on lessons and examples, this book will transform your work and enlarge your creative vision forever.
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Editorial Reviews

April/May 2014 Quilters Newsletter
If you've ever wanted to take your work to the next level but were unsure how to go about it, this book will point you in the right direction. Working in a series can help you refine your ideas, elevate your creativity and develop an artistic voice. Get inspired by more than 200 art quilts as you learn valuable aesthetic lessons through Barton's creative exercises.
March/April 2014 Machine Quilting Unlimited
Elizabeth's second book is chock full of exercises and tips for working in a series. From explaining why to work in a series to choosing a theme, developing the series and showing your work, she covers all the basics. This is an excellent resource for artists wishing to develop their own signature style and a level of maturity in their work. An added bonus: Elizabeth shares numerous examples of her own beautiful work as well as that of other renowned quilt artists.
February/March 2014 Quilting Arts Magazine
Are you ready to really explore art quilting but aren’t sure where to start—and how to stay focused? If so, Elizabeth Barton has some ideas for you. Following up on her sought-after first book, Inspired to Design: Seven Steps to Successful Art Quilts, Elizabeth offers quilters a 112-page art lesson focused on working in a series, including an 8-page Getting Started chapter on its joys and benefits. In this book you’ll find tips and exercises for planning, finding a theme, and expanding your skills. She uses her own work and that of other talented quilters as both example and encouragement. Elizabeth advocates thoughtful self-evaluation, development of themes and techniques, and the joy of discovering yourself as an inspired creator of quilt art. By following Elizabeth’s lessons and advice, you will find yourself growing as an artist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607056614
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 563,514
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Barton is a well-known fiber artist who travels, teaches, and makes art quilts.Reflected light, translucency and the effects of time are recurring themes in her work, which is often influenced by her childhood in York, England.Elizabeth lives in Athens, GA. www.elizabethbarton.blogspot.com
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Thinking
Introduction
Definition of working in a series
Why one should work in a series
When should you work in a series
How long should a series be
Paving the way

Chapter 2: Getting to work: finding your theme
Begin by looking back
Variations on a constant
A central idea
Theme and variations
Form:
a simple unit
Form:
texture: arashi shibori, monoprinting
Form:
line
Content:
different views of the same thing
Content:
nature
Content:
time
Content:
narrative
Choosing your best fit
Consider the display

Chapter 3: Getting to work: exploring the theme
How to work in a series
Sequential or simultaneous
Deciding upon a theme
Developing parameters
Deciding on techniques tracing sketching in pencil sketching in watercolor collage photocopying photographing computer software

Chapter 4: Working the Series: discovering art techniques developing intuition strong color schemes and the use of simultaneous contrast value patterns (chiaroscuro, or Notan)
applying landscape composition painting guidelines to art the illusion of depth working from photographs, the problems thereof the dynamic quilt focal areas and emphasis underlying structural patterns positive and negative space visual pathways shibui, the power of the mark of the hand

Chapter 5: Showing Your Work
Qualities to Strive For
Originality
Attention Getting
Strong Composition
Communication of Intention
Mark of the Hand
Good Technique
Energy
Good From a Distance, Better Close Up
Learning from Jurors’ Statements
Critique Groups

End Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

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