Sunday, March 14, 2010

500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work. A Must Have For Any Textile Art Enthusiast!

 Front Cover

 Back Cover

500 Art Quilts is another delicious book published by one of my all time favorite art/craft publishing houses, Lark Books.  I had so hoped to be able to submit a piece for consideration for this book - but this year health issues kept me from being as aware of deadlines as I should have been and I lost the opportunity. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review this book because I knew that it was going to be a really important library addition.

For those of you who may not be aware of Lark books - their publications are always beautifully produced. They use high quality paper that even feels nice in your hand. I am a book sniffer and feeler and Lark books are always a pleasure to hold and page through. Perhaps one of the most important things is that Lark's photography is second to none in my opinion. Every Lark book that I have ever owned has been a keeper. Amazingly, for all of the high quality that goes into every Lark book they pricing is remarkable reasonable. No, I am not affiliated with Lark - other than having the opportunity to review this book - just a very happy book hoarder.

This 8 inch square (20.32 cm) 432 page book is filled with art - textile/quilt art - in all of it's myriad forms and fantastical colors. 346 quilt artists are represented in this book .The quilts were juried by the quilt world's own Karey Bresenhan, founder and President of Quilts,Inc. To note just a few of the artists that are included: Pamela Allen  -  Alice Beasley - Jane Burch Cochran  -  Judith Content  -  Chiaki Dosho  -  Noriko Endo  -  Caryl Bryer Fallert  -  Jamie Fingal  -  Linda Gass  -  Jenny Hearn  -  Judy Coates Perez  -  Yvonne Porcella  -  Susan Shie  -  Jen Swearington - Sarah Smith - Diana Bracey & Stacy Hurt.  The best of the best are included in this book that spans works from 1989 to 2008. The book includes a wide variety of topics;  portraits, landscapes, dream works, pictorial, abstracts, traditional with a twist and an even wider variety of techniques.

This book is simply a must have book for any textile art enthusiast. It's a book that you will return to again and again for inspiration and enjoyment. There are quilts that with energize you , quilts that will calm you, quilts that will make you think and quilts that will make you say "WoW"! Get this book - you won't be disappointed!

Sarah Ann Smith

Stacy Hurt

Left: Eileen Doughty & Right: Ludmila Aristova

Diana Bracy

Dottie Moore

Jane Sassaman

Left: Kent Williams & Right Top: Lonni Rossi  Right Bottom: Lucinda Carlstrom

Disclosure Note:
This book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes only - no other remuneration was received


sandra wyman said...

Still waiting for this to arrive in the UK - last time I looked it was due in May! I love Lark Books too!

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Hey...I recognize one of those... GRIN! And don't you just LOVE Dottie Moore's work? I have a page torn out of a magazine for the late 70s or early 1980s with one of her tree quilts..... and that was a good decade before I began quilting, and about fifteen years or more before I began art quilting!

Cheers, thanks for including my page, and hugs! Sarah

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Fannie said...

I like this book too. It will make a great reference. The pictures are wonderful! I, too, did not make the deadline for this book.

Thanks for the review.

lucindacarlstrom said...


Diana said...

Thanks so very much for including a photo of my "Duke" Duke Ellington quilt! It was a very nice surprise to see the post. I love the book and all of the rest of the wonderfully talented artist's quilts.

Diana Bracy

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