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 ...
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.
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.
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
Table of ContentsChapter 1: ThinkingIntroductionDefinition of working in a seriesWhy one should work in a seriesWhen should you work in a seriesHow long should a series bePaving the way Chapter 2: Getting to work: finding your themeBegin by looking backVariations on a constantA central idea Themeand 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 Choosingyour best fit Considerthe display Chapter 3: Getting to work: exploring the themeHow to work in a series Sequentialor simultaneous Decidingupon a theme DevelopingparametersDeciding on techniques tracingsketching in pencilsketching in watercolorcollagephotocopying photographing computer software Chapter 4: Working the Series: discovering art techniques developingintuitionstrong color schemes and the use of simultaneous contrastvalue patterns (chiaroscuro, or Notan)applying landscape composition painting guidelines to artthe illusion of depthworking from photographs, the problems thereofthe dynamic quiltfocal areas and emphasis underlying structural patternspositive and negative spacevisual pathwaysshibui, the power of the mark of the hand Chapter 5: Showing Your WorkQualities to Strive ForOriginalityAttention GettingStrong Composition Communication of IntentionMark of the HandGood TechniqueEnergyGood From a Distance, Better Close Up Learning from Jurors’ Statements Critique Groups End Notes Bibliography About the Author