And why have I taken so many classes from Elizabeth Barton? Because she is thorough. Oh and yeah she's really thorough. And then she's thorough some more. So it came as no big surprise that her new book, Inspired to Design is a thoroughly comprehensive look into her process of designing an art quilt.
Now if you're looking for a quickie, easy-peasy book - where you take out a bunch of fabric and a weekend later you have thrown together a quilt - don't buy this book. You won't find a bunch of patterns here - nor will you find a lot of construction details.
What you will find in Barton's book is the meat and potatoes of good art design. She believes that the vast majority of work that is put into an art quilt is done in the design process. I mean, she has 7 steps to make the quilt and 6 of them are designing. She takes you right from inspiration to forming a solid main idea to finally creating a strong composition. You can expect a great beginner's guide to the elements of art as well as the design principals. You can expect easy to follow exercises that will help you stretch your creativity. You can expect practical, concrete advice on how to make your designs better.
As a bonus, Barton includes a quick lesson on hand dyeing fabric. She also includes picture after picture of her amazing art. She explains exactly how she came up with her ideas for the quilts and how her design process helped her reach her goals. You can see the direct correlation between her hours of designing and her award winning work. The pictures are lushous - plentiful - well placed.
|Cement Works, Elizabeth Barton|
So I would highly recommend this book to any budding art quilter. Its a wealth of information that I'll read over and over again. Its the kind of book that will be a staple on your art shelf for years. Its perfect for the more structured artist (read me!) but also if your style is a bit more loose you can still find a wealth of information that will help your creative process!
I can't wait for her next book about working in series slated to be release in December.