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Connecting Design to Stitch

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Product Code: 10884
128p, color, flaps
Connecting Design to Stitch
Author: Sandra Meech
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From the textile artist's point of view

Explore the elements of design and how they relate to quiltmaking and fiber art. Through a series of exercises, observations, and analyses, you'll learn how to incorporate basic design principals into your work creatively and confidently. Study various design styles and approaches from fine art, nature, graphic design, and the world of textiles. With Sandra's expert guidance, you'll become more comfortable with new textures, techniques, and compositions as you fill your own signature sketchbook with ideas and inspiration.

• A practical guide for using essential design principles to create dynamic fiber art
• Learn to observe and explore abstractions in the world around you
• Includes over 150 inspirational images from the world's best quilt and textile artists

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Review By: Gloria Hansen,   Gloria_Hansen.com - September 19, 2012
Contemporary quilt artist Sandra Meech writes books for quilt and textile artists that focus on artistic growth. In the past, I purchased her Batsford-published titles while in England. Recently I was pleasantly surprised to learn her latest book is also published in the U.S. by C&T Publishing, and I rushed to get it.  Connecting Design to Stitch is another highly-recommended winner! The book’s focus is on the elements of design and how to use its principles to create engaging compositions for textile and quilt art. There are six main sections of the book – Design; Design Styles; Design Elements; Design Principles; Abstraction; andComposition for Stitch. Each section is further broken down. For example, in the first chapter entitled Design, Sandra discusses the textile artist’s design process, ten vital design considerations (such as finding an inspired theme, creating a dynamic focus, being original, and trusting your own judgment), and design essentials (such as using a design wall, a camera, and creating mixed media surfaces for design exercises). The chapter ends with a “design class” (there are five design classes in the book) calledMaking a Bound Sketchbook.  In only two pages, Sandra crams in information on how to make a sketchbook and offers ten compositional exercise ideas to fill the pages of your book. These two pages alone could have been an entire chapter. Sandra encourages you to work in abstract design, collage, fabric, and stitch.  Emphasis is always on good composition, and there are exercises throughout the book that push you to explore. Sandra is a true gem in the world of design instructors for art quilt makers and other textile artists, and she pours her knowledge into the pages of this idea-rich book. I love how her emphasis is always on good design and color use, rather than using the latest trendy materials which can often get in the way.  And while I have a lot of books on design, this is already a personal favorit

Review   mixed-media-artist.com - November 1, 2012
Sandra Meech has written Connecting Design to Stitch as a very serious book on design, a much more scholarly work than most.  So often we expect our quilting and fiber arts books to be about techniques, but Sandra has taken a different approach.  She feels we should pick our colors, embellishments, and surface techniques wisely, not based upon what the latest trends and materials are, but rather based upon how well they will support our theme.??Connecting Design to Stitch explores how our theme can be carried through our textile art through the judicious use of design elements and principles.  Sandra focuses on the creative process more than the details of technique, and she also includes interesting exercises to help us refine our own patterns and preferences.?"A dynamic design draws the viewer into your work. The strong use?of shape, image, or color captures the viewer’s interest initially, and?then their eye will be led across the rest of the surface." This can be tough for people who have learned quilting through traditional methods, like creating bed quilts with their regularity in design. In order to break through, it is essential, Sandra feels, to have a design wall and a digital camera.  Makes sense to me.  ??My favorite parts of this book cover about a gazillion suggestions for sources of inspiration, just in case your well runs dry.  There are also excellent sections on abstract textile art, compositional styles, and border design.  All in all, if you are looking for help with design, this is a great place to start.