Push Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched ArtHardback Push (Lark)
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- Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 229mm x 20mm | 658g
- Publication date: 22 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: Asheville
- ISBN 10: 1600597874
- ISBN 13: 9781600597879
- Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes photographs
- Sales rank: 62,672
Announcing "PUSH", a new series devoted to indie-crafters and artists pushing the boundaries of traditional crafting mediums! Curated by Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr. X Stitch, a leading figure in the "new embroidery movement", "PUSH Stitchery" profiles the cutting-edge creative work of 30 top stitching artists from around the world. Each designer is showcased with six to eight pages of gallery-style imagery. A fascinating question-and-answer section, along with biographies, make this innovative and inspirational book a must-have for anyone interested in blurring the lines between craft and art.
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Jamie Chalmers is an active leader in the online stitch community and what he has dubbed "the new embroidery movement." His blog, Mr. X Stitch (http://mrxstitch.com), presents a steady stream of contemporary indie stitch artists pushing the limits in their mediums. From tattoo-inspired stumpwork (3D embroidery) to pinup cross-stitch to embroidered metal, Mr. X Stitch and his team profile, interview and feature the very best stitchers in both the craft and art realms.
By liberal sprinkles 20 May 2012
Who says a needle can be threaded only through paper or cloth? Look through Push Stitchery and you'll see embroidered works created on tough materials like stone and metal: there's stitching through a shovel and cars (Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene) and found slate (Clyde Olliver). Talk about pushing the boundaries of a traditional craft to create unforgettable art! There is a lot of the unexpected in this book; some of the works may be unappealing to traditional stitchers but I think Jamie Chalmers did a great job as curator.
The book is an interesting and often inspiring gallery of modern embroidered art from artists across the globe. Apart from the pieces made on more unusual substrates, also showcased are works from artists who practise more traditional forms of stitching, though often with a twist that takes their work beyond mere craft into more thought-provoking art pieces. Among those I found most striking were Cayce Zavaglia's embroidered portraits, Rosie James' stitched drawings of street scenes, Penny NIckels' embroidered postage stamps, Tilleke Schwarz's stitched "graffiti" art, Gillian Bates' textile canvases of seaside scenes, Charlene Mullen's blackwork embroidery of London landscapes and Robert Forman's compositions of thread glued to clayboard.
I like the neat design of Lark's Push books - the layout works well for the gallery concept - although I find the interviews with the artists somewhat sketchy. But as an introduction to their work, Push Stitchery doesn't fail to impress. And one thing's for sure: I now look at all materials and objects as a potential stitching surface. The book shows there are no limits to what can be achieved in artistic expression through an old craft form.