Monday, August 15, 2011

The Value of a Collection: Masters Art Quilts Vol. 2 Give Away

One is a piece.  Two is a pair.  Three is a collection.

For those of us interested in art and design as they are explored in textiles, having a collection at our finger tips of fine work by masterful artists is a reality with this, the second book in the Masters Art Quilts series.  Through the perceptive introductions by the well known fiber artist and curator Martha Sielman, we are led into the worlds created by a diverse group of artists.  Fabric may be the common language that they use, but their creations are as diverse as the artists themselves.

This book is a compilation of messages and meaning, hidden in the metaphors of fabric and stitch.

Tessellation Tiles
Pamela Fitzsimons
Brooding colors of ochre and rust compose the harsh landscapes of Pamela Fitzsimons' Australian homeland.   Her quilts are rich with extravagant layers of hand stitching which create textures on the landscapes: ancient rivulets, layers of sand stone, fossils and floods are scratched into the moody surfaces of her work.  Seeing Fitzsimons' depiction of the passage of time on a landscape through a collection of her quilts is invaluable.

Leaf Motif
Laura Wasilowski

Landscapes and textures also cover the surfaces of Laura Wasilowski's quilts, with such different results. Her pieces are in the genre of the "Story Quilt".  Brightly dyed cottons and silks are fused in place, often creating the illusion of wood block printing on fabric.  Her stories are of home on the  plains of Illinois, in the farmhouses of her childhood, and the expanse of her imagination.  Landscapes don't stand still, but vibrate and sway with color.

Little Night Serenade #13 Allegro
Izabella Baykova
Paint, silk, and stich work together to create the visual stories of Izabella Baykova's work.  Nine of her pieces are included in the book, and it is easy to understand why her artistry is so well respected.  Baykova's native Russian city scapes and classic fairy tales are recreated in fabric and tell incrediby detailed stories through fiber, paint, and thread.

These are just three of the forty artists represented by Sielman's book.  Imagine a collection of quilts, diverse in beauty, distinct in style, and divergent in theme.  Imagine them all together in one place.

Imagine owning this book.

***The generous publishers at Lark books have offered a complementary copy of Masters Art Quilts, Vol. 2 to one lucky reader of my blog.  Leave a comment below, including your email contact information.  Additional chances to enter may be found here.  A winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 18.***
A winner has been chosen randomly and notified... thank you all for your kind comments, and congratulations Lisa!  The book is on the way!
Good Luck!


Maria Elkins said...

Oh! That book is on my wish list!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'd love to own this one:) Inspiration galore!

PR said...

Studying the combinations of color and shapes is the most intriguing part of quilting for me. I'd love to have this book as part of my library -- and is one that I will use for my guild, too.
Thanks for offering the chance to win it.

gatheredthreads said...

Wonderful! Thank you for the opportuntity.

Leni Levenson Wiener said...

Please include me for the drawing for Masters Art Quilts, Vol 2.


Leni Levenson Wiener

Bev said...

please put me in the drawing for the book -- it looks wonderful!

Becca said...

That book looks like it is full of inspiration! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Janell said...

I would love to win this book. I'm having so much fun with your prayer flag project. This would top it off and I could share it with friends who are also into quilting.

Vicki W said...

I have the 1st volume of this book and I love going through it. I'd love to add this one to my library too!

Anonymous said...

Would love to have Vol. 2 to keep Vol. 1 company! What incredible inspiration it has been. Thanks for the opportunity. Have also thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your prayer flag project.
Kat {wtrstone at

Carol said...

This has been on my wish list since it came out!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful book! I would love to win this one.

:) Linda

carol said...

I already have Vol. 1 and plan to have the entire "collection". I only aspire to create a quilt to be IN the books.

Linda Moran said...

I would SO love this - I am in the process of furthering my own art eduction by studying the masters of fibers.

Nina Lise Moen said...

I too would love to win this one; thanks for the chance!

Ellen Lindner said...

This book is on my to buy list. I'd love to have a copy!

Martha Sielman said...

Thanks, Vivika. I had a blast researching and writing this book. Each of the artists is so different, but each is clearly passionate about what they do!
--Martha Sielman

Peggie said...

Great inspiration. This book is definitely on my wish list.

Lisa Ellis said...

Thank you for your wonderful review. It's on my wish list and gift list to give this holiday season.

Diane said...

Me too, me too! I would love a copy of this book.

Kristin L said...

Thanks for the review. I have Vol 1 and thoroughly enjoy. What a treat it would be to win Vol 2!

quilthexle said...

I love Vol. 1 and I would be more than happy to love Vol. 2, too ;-)) Thanks for offering a giveaway!

Laura Krasinski said...

I loved the first volume...would love to have the second volume..great inspiration!!

Vivian Helena said...

Hope I am not too late... it is still the 18th in Calif.. Have been drooling over this book on line.. Hope I have a chance at it.. thank you.. I enjoy visiting your blog, and sent in some photos for the Prayer Project. vivian

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