Book Review – Encore! The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon


Mr X Stitch Book Review

Introduction

Large and imposing, Encore!  The New Artisans by Olivier Dupon marks the second instalment in this series of books.  With it’s hard cover and copious pages, it promises substance………

Who is the book for?

I see it as anyone interested in the craft genre or those who want a good talking point; something to open and pore over.

It covers so may types of Craft, namely:  Art, Ceramics, textiles…to name only a few.

Although it is not purely headed towards textiles as a closed subject, its tactile content is so large that if this was your pure interest, there is still plenty to read.

As far as the author Olivier Dupon is concerned, ‘is no loner a trend; it is at last enshrined in contemporary life’ – what is he getting at?  Lets look at a few points.

Content

With an impressive amount of illustrations, this book keeps us visually fed….

The two page introduction documents Craft and where the author feels it is at right now.  Focus on slow-design in comparison to other methods gets a mention.  In this current mantra / mindful worthy climate, this book seems to fit its place in time.

Previously Craft may have been seen as a hobby, something do if bored or on grandma duty; yet Dupon looks to be striving to elevate its status and celebrate its worth through this showcase; which is essentially what this book is…a showcase of artistry.

What makes it special?

Photography

The way each image has been taken and chosen has been planned and thought out.  Each artist has been given a couple of pages to document their own story into craft and the processes they execute.  For the nosey one of us (I put my hands up) it fills a hole; illustrating not only each artists creations but the making stages and studio settings.

Abigail Brown. Artist, Illustrator, 3D Sculpture & Ceramics. UK

The unusual to the usual 

From traditional embroidery to stuffed felt eyeballs…what’s not to love?

Highlights

For those of us with a Textile Art leaning…..

Mister Finch is a favourite; he reuses vintage cloth to create creatures such as these cashmere safe moths…

What is wrong with the book?

As a publication, it proves to be a great showcase for the artists illustrated, but this is not your in depth craft explainer; what is behind this change in times where craft is now recognised?  This is an area to discover within another publication.

The objects documented are at times a little gimmicky, what is the reason behind them?  At least we have the artists impression to give us the heads up.

Conclusion

Okay, so this isn’t a political in-depth volume on where craft is at.  Yes for those involved, it proves to be a great medium to get noticed, with each artists work put in its best light.

For those of us with an interest in Textiles, as said there is plenty to read and at the back of the book, there is a fully illustrated directory, giving us even more to take in.

For those who simply want a table decoration, it definitely sits nicely….but please, don’t buy it for that reason…it is worth so much more.

Get your copy here through our Amazon store.


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. I had my first solo exhibition in March 2016 and have been part of numerous group exhibitions.  Currently I am columnist for textile art publication “Be Creative with Workbox”; 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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