These books I borrowed from the library and I have decided to purchase both of them, in Kindle and hard back editions. I guess that kind of says that I like them a lot.
Connected Cloth - Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly
Batsford 2013 UK
The focus of this book is the process of working in collaboration with others on textile projects. Having said that it also sets out lots of great processes that are applicable for those working on their own as well. It is full of ‘hands on’ details and is a wonderful resource for anyone who likes working with fabric and thread.
One of the stand out features of the book for me is that it gives great starters for design using themes like making marks, collage & stencil. There is a whole section on how to put together an exhibition and then an array of different types of exhibitions. I can see myself returning to this book again and again.
Slow Stitch - Claire-Wellesley-Smith
Batsford 2015 UK
On first reading I thought this book was rather ‘light weight’. After all, I was able to read if from cover to cover in an afternoon. But on reflection I have changed my mind. I found it light weight because non of this was new to me. I was embracing this philosophy over 10 years ago. Not only living it but teaching it as well to high school students. I think it came under the label of sustainability.
The slow stitch part I discovered in detail through my Kogin project. This form of stitching fulfills all the criteria set out in the book. So, I looked at it again with different eyes. Not everyone who reads this book is going to come to it with the depth of background knowledge that I brought to it. For those new to the subject it will be enlightening in the way she is able to synthesis the information.
The writing style is slow and relaxed, like the subject matter. I enjoyed that she supported her theories by quoting personal experience, citing quotes from other sources and illustrates this with work from other artists. This way she was able to weave the numerous threads of this ‘movement’ together whilst highlighting the role of stitch with in it makes it a very enjoyable read.