Contemporary Quilt Art

Posted on November 8, 2012. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |

book cover for Contemporary Quilt ArtContemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide
by Kate Lenkowsky

“In the 1970s young artists “discovered” quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide.

This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making.

The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

I was blown away by the stunning array of modern quilts displayed in this book. This is more than a book filled with pretty pictures, though. The book starts with the evolution of quilting, and introduces the reader to the concept of modern quilt art. The artist section of the book not only shows some of the pieces and explains the material components, but also goes into where the artist draws inspiration, the artists art background, etc. Finally, for those interested, the author describes basic things people need to know if they wish to collect and display quilt art. I found this book to be a fascinating look at modern quilting.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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