The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works

For those that appreciate quilting as art, Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works provides a glimpse of art quilts with various nature themes: flowers, birds, insects, waterlife, landscapes, and more. Written by Martha Sielman, author of The Masters: Art Quilts book series, the book separates the quilts into different themed galleries and also profiles leading artists in the art quilt world. The 19 artists she profiles includes Barbara Barrick McKie (her Peacock Pride quilt is on the front cover), Melani Kane Brewer, Betty Busby (link to pdf copy of her profile in the book from Lark Crafts), and Sally Dillon.

For those that need inspiration, there are many photographic galleries running throughout the book from various artists: Flowers I Gallery, Birds Gallery; Water Gallery; Animals Gallery; Leaves Gallery; Insects Gallery; Flowers II Gallery; Trees Gallery; and Textures Gallery. If you want a look at the what types of quilts the galleries include, both of the Flowers galleries can be read and downloaded from the publisher. The section "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (inspired by the poem of the same name by Wallace Stevens) was a fun look at different blackbird art quilts from the members of the Fiber Artists Coalition.

Throughout the profiles, you'll glean the artists' steps in the art quilt process, such as what their influences were and are, how they use fiber as an art medium, and what their preferred color choices are. A really great book, especially for those who are looking at some insight into an artist's design process.

Book Information:
  • The Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World - Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works; by Martha Sielman
  • Lark Crafts; 2012
  • ISBN13: 9781600599286
  • Softcover with flaps, full color, 192 pages

Disclosure: This was provided to that author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

Renee Shelton.