The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano

Textile Art Book Reviews

At Mr X Stitch we love to review textile art and embroidery books for you. There are so many great books to discover, packed with needlework inspiration and textile techniques, so we dive into each book to find out what’s good, what’s bad and let you know why you should pick it up.

Introduction

In The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano, get to understand the fine art stitched world, in which Giordano dwells. Her textile art is unique and is inspired by her love of the natural world in the form of wild life and flowers. A gallery of her work as well as projects are included in this book, so that we can learn how to create thread paintings of our own.

Without sounding too precious or in fact precocious, as the reviewer I feel overall that this is a publication to lift ones heart.  I may be biased, as I have followed Chloe on social media for a good while now, letting her imagination flood my feed.  Honestly though, am I speaking from personal taste only?  I don’t think so, lets go through the highlights.

‘Embroidered Art’ as a title really is self explanatory, that’s they book, it is fine art in a fabric, tactile form:  A treasury of Fine Art to Stitch – in its most visual form.

Who Is It Aimed At?

Those with a keen interest in embroidery or those who come from a fine art background and wish to peruse a different way of working.  This is one for all ages, yet may seem complex stitching wise to beginners.

About The Artist

Giordano was originally interested in Illustration, thus we see this aspect merged with her embroidery style.  This has led to many commissions and collaborations with clients such as Penguin and Vintage Books.  She is now classed as one of the great embroiderers of this time.

Content

Contents list of Embroidered Art
Contents list of Embroidered Art

The contents allow us into her world, this artist’s mindset and way of working.

Practical areas are covered, exploring colour, types of thread and image composition – making that transition from sketch to stitch. I love the insight we receive within this book directly from the artist, from her colour blending techniques to the stitches she uses to portray her version of nature.

Colour methods
Colour methods – a glace at the materials she uses, giving a nod to her illustration based past.

Chloe reveals her preparation methods too; she explains this both visually and in written form, so we can fully understand and then prepare our own materials such as this hoop ready to stitch.

The practical points are covered, such as preparing a hoop.
The practical points are covered, such as preparing a hoop.

After these practical areas are covered, the artist then delves deeper into her own world, allowing us to see how certain works of hers have been put together.  It doesn’t feel as if she wants us to copy, this book is one of inspiration, not a step by step guide.

Photography And What Is Special About This Book?

The imagery, which embraces nature and shows it off at its very best. The book sits at much larger a size than the average embroidery book, making it look more like an art piece in itself.

The photos boast of her stitching skills, coupled with natures naturally beautiful forms.
The photos boast of her stitching skills, coupled with natures naturally beautiful forms.

The artist focuses equally on the art side as well as the stitching. We learn the back story, how to compose an image which will eventually become an embroidered masterpiece.

Image composition skills are explained, using her drawings skills to visually illustrate the progress stages.
Image composition skills are explained, using her drawings skills to visually illustrate the progress stages.

Encouragement is given to readers, not to use her work as a step-by-step guide, rather to use her example to inspire our own nature based work. As textile artists, it can be easy to focus on the final outcome in textile form, rather than the decisions which led up to the final work. It certainly reminded me to remember to reflect on where artistic inspiration has come from, namely the natural wildlife around me and how I could first present drawings, paintings and a sketchbook and then the textile art final piece.

Never mind what inspires her, she in turn inspires us throughout!
Never mind what inspires her, she in turn inspires us throughout!

As you can see in the image below, Chloe is very generous, allowing us to view her working out stages. I like the way she presents these via the page layout, with the stitched area to one side which is a reflection of he pencil studies to the left.

The drawing to the embroidery idea is one which we may feel sumwhat bored of - however presented in this way and really, we just want more.
The drawing to the embroidery idea is one which we may feel somewhat bored of – however when it is presented in this way – we just want more.

What Is Wrong About This Book?

Speaking bluntly, if you are a cold hearted person, or one who simply does not appreciate beauty and nature, then you are pretty doomed and will find this treasury boring.  However, for the rest of us, without sounding too worthy or twee, it is joyful and uplifting.

Conclusion

Go, just treat yourself to The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano right now. I see it as a book which will not only inspire textile artists, it will be one which those working in any form of art can use as a part of the back story and development of their own new nature driven ideas and concepts.

If you enjoyed this book review and want to consider similar work, I personally would recommend reading my review of Paint With Thread by a like minded artist Emillie Ferris. The fine art to stitch style is also a feature of another artist Nicole O’Loughlin who we featured on our site recently.


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