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Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge

Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Deborah Boschert, By (author) Gerrie Congdon, By (author) Helen L. Conway, By (author) Kirsten Duncan, By (author) Terry Grant, By (author) Diane Perin Hock, By (author) Francoise Jamart

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  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 277mm x 15mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Asheville
  • ISBN 10: 1600596665
  • ISBN 13: 9781600596667
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes photographs
  • Sales rank: 80,421

Product description

"Twelve by Twelve" examines the two-year-long international collaboration between twelve art quilters, during which they created a total of 144 quilts based on twelve different themes. Not only does the book showcase the quilts themselves, as a feature quilt from each theme receives an in-depth chapter written by one of the quilters, it also examines the dynamics of developing a vibrant online community of artists. The result is a very personal and unique blend of technique-based text and discussions on challenge, collaboration and inspiration.

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The Twelve By Twelve group is composed of 12 art quilters, each with numerous awards, articles and publications among them. Works from several members have been included in a variety of Lark Books, as well as Quilting Arts Magazine.

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By Marie Johansen 22 Mar 2011 5

In my heart of hearts this is the sort of challenge I would love to be a part of! I was truly grateful when I was offered the opportunity to review this book. I know several of the artists whose work is beautifully portrayed and I applaud the wonderful job they have all done in the creation of their art and the design of this simply "must have" book.

The book, is course, about the artwork, but it is also so much more. The idea was that twelve themes were chosen and each member of this 12 person group would make a 12 inch X 12 inch interpretation of the theme. All I can say is "WoW"! Themes included things such as chocolate, community, window, passion, shelter etc. The book is arranged so that one page provides small images of all twelve quilts with more in depth information about the quilts on the pages that follow. Each chapter also includes so much more information though - about meeting each other, how they explored the theme, how they approach the design process, their creative spaces and small, significant highlights about the inspiration for their designs.

The book also includes wonderful tutorials,inspirational glimpses, method/process information as well as tips and tricks about the artist's creative tools, paints, brushes and process. I believe that this book will hold great appeal for art quilters and textile artists of course - but also for artists in general because it really highlights the creative process and will spark your own imagination providing you with creative ideas that will apply to whatever medium you choose to work in. You could follow the themes yourself and see what your interpretation would be. Explore the some of the tools and instructions and make them your own. Feast your eyes on the artwork. Sit back, relax and get your creative mojo going!

As with all Lark books, the design of this book is a knock-out. The photographing is perfection. I have to give to Lark. When they do a book- they do it right.

Review quote

...A vibrant assortment of art quilts - 144 in all - [explore] emotionally charged themes such as identity, passion, community, and also a few whimsical concepts like chocolate and dandelions. Additional information about each of the 12 artists offers insight into their individual working processes, studio spaces, and backgrounds... -Quilting Arts Magazine With each chapter devoted to one of the themes, including passion, identity, illumination, and chocolate, {Twelve by Twelve] combines personal narrative and creative exploration, resulting in 144 amazing 12 x 12-inch quilt creations. The book also includes helpful sidebars on how to start your own group, as well as quilting tips. -American Style