Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists

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Sketchbooks are invaluable companions for artists and an essential part of today’s textile courses, and now, at last, there’s a book that shows embroiderers and textile students how to make the most of their sketchbook practice. Through fascinating glimpses into the sketchbooks of leading textile artists, this beautifully illustrated, first-of-its-kind guide shows from first sketches to finished pieces how to use a sketchbook to develop ideas, record personal observations, experiment with materials, and create sketchbooks that are works of art in themselves. Sketching in museums, coloring pages, mark-making, drawing and collage, 3-D work, e-sketchbooks, and more are covered. A must-have for students, embroiderers, and textile artists of all abilities.

 

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Kay Greenlees is an experienced textile artist and teacher, teaching and exhibiting both in the UK and internationally. She joined Bretton Hall College of the Arts in 1990, leading the renowned teacher training course and teaching BA and MA textile design. Her great passion is embroidered textiles and she has been a regional mentor for the Embroiderers' Development Scheme and Chair of the Textile Society. She currently lectures at the University of Leeds. She regularly publishes articles and is a member of the Practical Study Group. She lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

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It is far, far better that a book on any aesthetic endeavor be filled with a multiplicity of color photographs and illustrations, accompanied by a minimum of words. British embroiderer teacher Greenlees ignores all that, although samples do inhabit every page. Her approach is at first brain centered, giving definitions, imparting a sense of purpose, and explaining the variety of contents possible. Once a reason for being has been established for the sketchbook, she explores a number of different routes--using samples, incorporating models, going on location, working in a museum, even surfing on a computer--all, of course, coupled with intriguing, wondrous pages from European textilists. The rest of her elongated essay is devoted to technical information--materials, coloring, and mark-making methods--as well as decisions on what the actual sketchbook should look like. Store bought or handmade? Even more important is the message: just do it. Barbara Jacobs
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