So, quilting small led me to artist books, also known as, artist made books. I was thinking of ways to apply quilting techniques without the long, drawn out, heavy lifting (though fun!) procedure that is quilting large quilts. Artist made books can be created using any number of materials. Naturally I applied fabric, batting, threads and quilting.
This first book I want to share is Passages, inspired by my love of dolls, doll making, and quilting. Materials and techniques include cotton and synthetic fabric, woven fabric, trim, threads, decoupage, quilting, poetry, embroidery, altered bendi doll, sequins and beads.
The next quilted book I'd like to share is called Oba's Book. Oba is an Orisa in the Yoruba/Lukumi spiritual tradition. She is charged with writing in her book, the names of the dead. Materials and techniques include hand painted cloth, beadwork, machine quilting and lettering, stippling and the use of found objects such as feather (quill) and key.
The next book I'll share is called Signatures of Gods and Men. Materials and techniques include calligraphy, Hatian veve, ankindra, West African woven cloth, Bogolanfini (mudcloth), ribbon, inks, cowrie shells, threads, watercolor and machine quilting.
The last book I want to share is The Green Sampler. Years ago, women created what was called "Samplers," which included samples or lines of hand embroidery. Samplers were a way to show off skill in embroidery.
The Sampler on the left was created by Jane Bennett in 1832. The Sampler is being sold today for $1779.
The Green Sampler is my nod to the past, while giving the Sampler an updated look. The Green Sampler is also a nod to traditional redwork. Created in the accordion book format, The Green Sampler celebrates hand embroidery stitches such as
Well, that's it for artist made books, for now. For inquires and further information use the contact form.
Thanks for reading and Happy Quilting!
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