A few weeks back I reviewed PUSH Jewelry and PUSH Prints , new additions to (released on September 4th, 2012) the PUSH series from Lark Crafts. Today, I’m looking at PUSH Stitchery, another amazing installation in the series. The PUSH books are full of “contemporary artists who ‘push’ the boundaries of traditional craft mediums (pg.8).”
PUSH Stitchery interests me so much, as embroidery is something I’m passionate about. This volume has 30 amazing artists taking fiber arts in incredible directions and manipulating materials using fascinating and complex methods. The volume is curated by Mr. X Stitch –Jamie Chalmers– of the Mr. X Stitch blog, and he does an excellent job finding a diverse selection of artists and subject matter.
It is so exciting to flip through the pages of this book, and inspiring. It is encouraging and motivating to see these artists using embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, and quilting as outrageous, gorgeous, and disturbing — at times– forms of expression.
I especially loved the work of the following: Jimmy McBride, who does amazing quilts inspired by space and science fiction; Aya Kakeda, who creates cute yet disturbing pieces; Luke Haynes, another quilter, who creates amazing photo realistic quilts that have a digital edge; Joetta Maue, who embroiders on vintage linens and clothing in very unexpected and lovely ways; Bascom Hogue, who creates detailed literary and religious inspired embroidery; Charlene Mullen who does intricate blackwork embroidery landscapes and architecture; and Sverija Incirauskate-Kriauneviciene who cross stitches on objects by drilling holes into them.
This volume is full of so many more amazing artists. Whether you are passionate about needlearts or fine art, this is a book you really need to have in your home library.
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