Drawn to Stitch: Line, Drawing, and Mark-Making in Textile Art Hardcover – Oct 12 2010
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"The innovative work shown here by Gwen and other leading artists is unique and intriguing, drawing the viewer in and offering inspiration to textile artists of all experience levels." - Kit Robinson, Machine Quilting Unlimited
"This book will, I believe, appeal to a wide variety of artists: quilters, embroiderers (machine and hand), visual journalers, mixed media artists, photographers, as well as color and textural artisans will find the techniques pertinent. There is much to delight and explore in this book and I think most creative minds will find something of interest among the pages." - Booksbythewillowtree.blogspot.com
"The innovative work shown here by Gwen and other leading artists is unique and intriguing, drawing the viewer in and offering inspiration to textile artists of all experience levels." - Machine Quilting Unlimited
About the Author
Gwen Hedley is an author, teacher, and embroiderer who exhibits widely. She is a member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen and the Practical Study Group. She is the author of the best-selling book Surfaces for Stitch. Gwen lives in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire.
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Broken into 4 major sections the book begins with an extensive overview of tools, materials and backgrounds. The types of drawing tools for making marks on whatever grounds you work with are followed by a discussion of how to alter your backgrounds by layering, collage, piecing, weaving and several coloring options. These backgrounds are the base for the second section of the book entitled Line Drawing and Textile Processes.
This second chapter guides you in adding marks to your backgrounds using techniques such as mono-printing, printing blocks made from erasers, lifting and removing color using chalks, crayons discharge, and frisket and then moves into a discussion of several transfer techniques. Creating lines is not limited to just printing techniques though, the author also includes a section on creating needle felted lines and marks as well as making fibrous surfaces with silk tops and cocoon strippings.
The first two chapters of this book are really the groundwork for the books main focus which is found in chapter three: Interpreting Line Quality - Drawing and Stitching. It's in this chapter where you'll find examples of actual design interpretations by the author as well as other artists. Each piece of the authors artwork is accompanied by a image of the original design reference and the approach she took with interpreting or drawing the line and then what stitch techniques were used. This section is an absolute feast for the eyes! Full page images of the artwork as well as clear crisp closeups allow you to see the intricate details of the pieces. Detailed explanation of how each piece was created give the reader a good understanding of the artists approach as well as a road map for the reader to consider when creating their own work.
The book closes with a chapter on Using Line. Here is where you'll learn how to use stitch to interpret the textural quality of lines and marks on a surface. As in the third chapter an image is accompanied by the resulting artwork that it inspired along with a description of how the piece was created. The difference here is that the focus is on the types of stitching used; hand stitching or machine and the type of stitch used.
This book is a must have for textile artists who are looking for a fresh innovative approach to interpreting line in their work.
As Gwen Hedley herself says, the first two chapters, based on materials and technique, are simply the lead in to Chapter 3 which she says is "the kernel of the book." Hedley demonstrates with specific examples how she goes from collecting ideas for pattern and texture to her finished fibre art. To give you an idea of how creative she is, here are some examples of her resources;
A corroded metal window frame
A banded pebble,
Worm casts on a rock,
Eroded stone in a garden wall,
Scratched lines in a wooden shed,
A carved column, coastal port,
Cracked window glass
A crumbling sea wall
A wall repair
Skeleton hydrangea petals
Sprayed graffiti on a wall
Scattered pine needles
A sea urchin shell
In a sense, you learn how to use the 'macroscopic lens' of your own eye to see your world in a new way. Additional artists include, Sheila Mortlock, Clyde Olliver, Bobby Britnell, James Hunting, Mathew Harris, Roanna Wells, Shelley Rhodes, Andrea Butler, Alex Mcerlain, and Alice Kettle. Most of these artists have their own websites, so you can go see the treats in store for you.
On a practical side, her approach to line design has given me fresh ideas for teaching my line design and drawing units. She has opened up a whole new approach to the way I have taught these foundations of any basic or advanced art course.
As an artist, I will certainly use her techniques in my own work. I am so glad that I stumbled onto this book through the Amazon.com website. The suggestion that was sent to me through the website was very beneficial to Amazon.com, my students, and me!! thanks!
This is a book about creative vision. How to interpret the world around you as being ripe with possibilities for stitching. From photo, to drawing to stitching by both machine and by hand Ms. Hedley's vision takes you on a visual journey. You will begin to see so many every day surfaces as possibilities for translation into stitch. The book is visually powerful, beautifully photographed and well thought out. Each chapter takes from the progression of thought, photograph, drawing and stitching.You will discover new ways to interpret your environment and discover new opportunities for creative challenges.
This book will, I believe, appeal to a wide variety of artists :quilters, embroiderers (machine and hand), visual journalers, mixed media artists, photographers, as well as color and textural artisans will find the techniques pertinent. There is much to delight and explore in this book and I think most creative minds will find something of interest among the pages.
Yep - it's a 5 star for me - and I think it would be for you too.