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Adventures in Design: Ultimate Visual Guide, 153 Spectacular Quilts, Activities and Exercises [Paperback]

Joen Wolfrom
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Book Description

Oct. 16 2011
Joen Wolfrom updates her classic book, Visual Dance, with spectacular new quilts from around the world. This is the quilter's design textbook, using Joen's internationally-acclaimed expertise and talent to illustrate the seven principals of design: line, shape, color, value, texture, proportion, and scale.

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About the Author

Joen Wolfram is a renowned quilter, author, and teacher. Her work can be found in both private and public collections throughout the world.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Nov. 4 2011
By Prairie Gal TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Joen Wolfrom publishes only the best. She is a highly qualified and well-known teacher. Her exercises are useful for anyone wanting to learn more about creating art, not just art quilts. The colour photos are of high quality and the exercises are well worth trying. Good value for the money. It should be in every aspiring quilt artist's library.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource Dec 5 2011
By Quilter
Love this book

Great exercises to test your knowledge at the end of each section. It's like taking a design course without the big tuition fee. Wonderful colored photographs to illustrate the lesson. I highly recommend
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the inspirations March 8 2013
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I liked this book very much, and appreciate the time that Joen helps to break down pictures and talk about why the quilts work with color and design. It takes time to read, but worth the information about the art of quilting. There is alot of information and I would recommend this book to quilting artists who want to explore color and design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars looks great April 3 2013
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not a fair review as I only had a quick look at it. It looks like there is a lot of very interesting topics in it. I'm sure it will be very helpful with my art quilting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Joen Wolfrem's 'Adventures in Design' Sept. 25 2011
By goldendog - Published on
Joen Wolfrom is well known for her knowledge and use of color. I read her blogs on color regularly [...]. In Joen's new book 'Adventures in Design', she shares her knowledge of color, along with tons of other designing principles. In addition, Adventures in Design is like an encyclopedia of traditional and lots of art quilts. The book itself is colorful, with gorgeous colors on every page. Exercises are given after each educational chapter, and even the exercise pages are bright and colorful.
Adventures in Design covers many lessons for quilt designers: color, symmetry, balance, line and shape, distance, and so much more! I read this book in the evening, and it really woke me up, just looking at it. If you are interested in quilting, traditional or art, this is the book you need. I can't think of anything else that you would need to learn to design your own quilt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Book on Quilt Design Oct. 15 2011
By LuvKimono - Published on
How do you make a "good" quilt great? How do you move from producing quilts that are "so-so" to quilts that are dynamic, that incorporate originality, sparkle with color, draw your eye with movement, and intrigue the viewer? Once you have mastered precision piecing and other aspects of technical excellence how can you move your quilting to the next level?

Joen Wolfrom is a prolific writer and designer who has produced multiple books on quilting and color that seek to answer these kinds of questions. She also owns her own pattern company (JWD Designs) and some of the quilts in the book by such notables as Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson are available as patterns from it. This book offers a beautiful presentation of 153 quilts, both geometric and representational. The representational quilts cover a wide range of styles--impressionist, surrealist, realistic, abstract, contemporary and traditional, large and small. The geometric quilts will put to rest any notion that more traditional patchwork and piecing is necessarily boring or outdated.

The quilts are accompanied by text that explains some of the design principles used in each creation. Along with this is an explanation of how to work to increase the beauty and success of any design using the principles that can be observed in nature. She has developed separate chapters on each of the design elements (line, direction, shape or form, color, value, texture, proportion and scale) There is also a chapter on designing blocks. Activities and exercises are presented at the end of each chapter. These exercises assume that you have a body of work (quilts or photo images, for example) available for examination or experimentation, or that you have the time and equipment to create them. The design exercises are at quite a high level without the kind of detailed instruction that results in a predesigned product; much of the interpretation of the results to up you.

I own two other books by the author, Color Play: Easy Steps to Imaginative Color in Quiltsand Visual Dance: Creating Spectacular Quilts. While those books are very good and quite helpful, this one is much better because she draws fully on the works of artists in addition to herself. If professional arts and craft training is not an option, this book (and others like it) are an alternative if you can work independently. For quilters who have spent years perfecting their technical and construction skills, this book will be a breath of fresh air because it combines design principles and technical excellence. Recommended for quilters with intermediate or advanced skills who are ready to push their work to the next level, or for the beginner who is looking for inspiration.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying Oct. 10 2011
By Sewjournal - Published on
This book was so interesting I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I know I was supposed to do the exercises but I just wanted to keep reading. The text is engaging, easy-to-read and very useful if you struggle to make balanced, aesthetically pleasing designs. Definitely one for the bookshelf of every artist - quilt, fibre or otherwise.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Oct. 30 2011
By Gloria Hansen - Published on
If you find yourself struggling with the essentials of good design, need a refresher, or simply want a good design reference book, you'll want this book. Besides it being a visual feast, it is a journey down a creative path with Joen breaking down the principles of design, explaining the concepts, showing many examples of quilts and drawings to help illustrate those concepts, and providing activities and exercises to get you going.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Design by Joen Wolfrom Jan. 27 2012
By Wendy C - Published on
Joen Wolfrom gives clear explanations of design elements and uses photos of a variety of quilts to illustrate each point. She covers line and direction, shape, colour, value, texture, proportion and scale, and visual balance. The best thing is that she talks about design problems and how to overcome or avoid them. At the end of each chapter there are activities for those who want to deepen their understanding. Joen assumes the reader has technical quilting ability and aims the book at those who want to develop their own designs. Traditional and contemporary designs are featured; I just wish that all the photos could have been large. Artists who use other mediums would also find this book useful. The book is great - you learn about design and get to enjoy many (153) beautiful quilts too.
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