Book Review – Contemporary Appliqué


 

Mr X Stitch Book ReviewIntroduction

Contemporary Appliqué by Julia Triston and Rachel Lombard

Published by Batsford with a lovely tactile cover, what does it contain?

Appliqué, what is it?  How can a book be written on just this one technique?  Is it for me?  This publication promises to ‘explore the potential of Appliqué’.  Lets find out if it does…..

Who is the book for?

Appliqué is a traditional technique, which can be divided into many forms.  This publication pushes its meaning and use into a modern setting.  We see this as suitable for anyone with an interest in embroidery, who would like to mix up their view of this technique.  Projects and ideas included are varied, thus attainable for those with little knowledge as well as the experienced artist, who wants to freshen their skill toolbox.

Content

Rather than chapters, this publication has been divided into four parts.  In brief:

Part One takes us through Appliqué in its context, guiding us through the basics….

Are we struggling to know where to begin?

Part Two educates us on design skills:

From plan to final outcome, illustrations outline the process behind the item. (Work by Caroline Whitehead)

Part Three looks at the basics of Appliqué:

What equipment do we need?

Part Four illustrates the traditional to the contemporary, so we can visualise new ways of using this skill:

Appliqué? Yes it is, in its three-dimensional form! (work by Karen Suzuki)

What makes it special?

Certain illustrations hold more impact than others.  For example this one:

From sketch to stitch, we can shown how to get a little sentimental over our little one and their drawings…this may be a new way to use them!

Photography 

As with most Batsford published books, the imagery is of a high standard.  The illustrations are well placed, leaving no confusion.

If something needs explained, there is always a picture to convey it.

What is wrong with the book?

Appliqué could be perceived as a hate it or love it technique, so the title may not at first appeal to all.  However if we open its pages with an open mind, we are sure to be inspired and may be surprised as to what can be bracketed as Appliqué.  Three-dimensional, sculptural, bonded, cultural….this book covers it all.

Conclusion

We may think we know what Appliqué is, however this book with challenge and ignite our thinking to a whole new level.  A beginner or a skilled artist; it has appeal for all.

Appliqué for our time, this book flies the contemporary flag well.

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xAilish

As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!)I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects.  These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute.  Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand.Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'

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