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 this artist 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.
The contents allows us into her world, this artists mindset and way of working.
Practical areas are covered, exploring colour, types of thread and image composition – making that transition from sketch to stitch.
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 makes this book special….
The imagery, which embraces nature and shows it off at its very best.
What is wrong with the 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.
Go, just treat yourself to The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano right now.
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.'