Titel: Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises
Autor/en: Lyric Kinard
September 2009 - kartoniert - 135 Seiten
Secrets for quilting success are presented through a variety of techniques, exercises, and insider tips to inspire novice quilters and experienced textile artists to make genuine works of art. Simplifying the basic fundamentals of art and teaching the underlying principles of the visual language, this guide explores texture, shape, line, color, and value with examples and hands-on exercises. Essential principles--such as focal point, balance, repetition, scale, and space--are paired with creativity exercises while guest essays, guest artwork, and inspiring artwork from the author allow readers to analyze how other artists utilize key artistic elements or principles and see how to successfully use these elements in their own work. Both a personal creativity coach and a guide for a hobbyist or professional artist, this reference clarifies quilting goals and takes the craft to the next level through design and composition.
INTRODUCTION Just as everyone can learn to read, everyone can learn the basic elements of design and open the door to being an artist. You can learn to appreciate and create art if you are taught a step at a time. CHAPTER 1: IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD...MAKE THAT HEART! OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND- Why do you say "I can't" Did someone some time say you couldn't draw? Are you comparing your talent to a professional who has spent thousands of hours learning and practicing their art? You have to change "I can't" to "I'm willing to try!" I'll be your cheerleader, shouting and encouraging and cheering you on every step of the way. You need to give yourself permission to learn one step at a time. Guest essay - Overcoming Fear (Janine leBlanc) CHAPTER 2: LEARNING THE ALPHABET Introduction to the Elements of Design: We'll begin by learning the alphabet of art. The basic elements of design are the letters that artists use to create words, paragraphs, stories and poetry. We'll start at the beginning and work up from the sounds and shapes of letters, to the combinations that make words and sentences. We'll give you the tools for your belt and show you how to use them. CHAPTER 3: LETTERS MAKE WORDS Next comes putting the basic design elements we have learned about together. We've learned what the letters are and now we can put them together to create some sort of basic meanings... the beginning of words. Learn to use your creative tools from Chapter 2 to create beautiful compositions. CHAPTER 4: HOMEWORK/ASSIGNMENTS Student gallery examples for the following creativity exercises. Kids go to school every day and do (seemingly endless) grammar exercises and write countless essays. They learn through practice to not only appreciate great writing but begin to write themselves. A few with the fire in their heart or language go on to write novels and poetry. If you have the fire in your heart for art you need to spend your time practicing. You also need to practice a new way of thinking. Even if you can't bring yourself to say it just take as long a time as you can spare each day and "pretend" you are an artist. It's always been amazing to me how children will live up to our expectations of them. Set your expectations for yourself high! CHAPTER 5: CREATING YOUR MASTERPIECE Now What!? Shakespeare didn't write Romeo and Juliet when he was six years old! He probably progressed just like the rest of us by writing a lot of awkward verses and rambling essays and letters. He practiced until he developed the skills necessary to become one of the great writers in the English language. Now it's your turn.
Lyric Kinard creates award-winning wall quilts and wearable works of arts. She has studied with many well known textile artists around the country and continues to expand her skills in the area of surface design. Her articles have appeared in Quilting Arts magazine and she recently completed her first video, Quilting Arts Workshop: Surface Design. She lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and five children. Author web site: http://www.lyrickinard.com
Something that always strikes me is that American quilting is usually streets ahead of what you see elsewhere. It's as if Americans were born to quilt. This book will elevate your quilts into art with a series of creative exercises. Learn how to 'see' shape, texture and more. Discover how to keep a sketchbook. Understand colour and the principles of design and composition. There is a gallery of work to help you. This 136 page book should provide you with all you need to make you a better quilter. It is full of ideas, practical 'lessons', pointers and tips. It is beautifully illustrated and easy to use.-KarenPlatt.co.uk Lyric shows you how to apply a few basic principles of art and design to achieve impressive art quilts. She gives handy hints on gathering inspiration, composition, contour drawing, free motion quilting, painting, fusing, embellishments and lots more. There are exercises to follow to help you find your creativity and to apply it and a gallery of work provides even more inspiration. Once the fundamentals and techniques hit home, you will be brimming with ideas that you just have to put into fabric! This is a great book for working on small art quilts, particularly the increasingly popular Journal Quilts. This is definitely a 'must have' if you want to push the boundaries of your creativity.-Fabrications