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Some like it hot
on 17 November 2008
This is one hot book. Here you will learn heat techniques used in fibre arts. Burn, layer, distort and shape to create unique works of art. Create textured embellishment using beads, sequins, grasses, petals or eye-boggling 3-dimensional vessels.
Kim Thittichai is mistress of the art of hot textiles and offers instructions and techniques using simple, easily obtainable household items, heat guns and soldering irons. A variety of materials are used including plastic, cellophane, felt, thermogauze, bark cloth, Bondaweb, Lutradur, Tyvek and Pelmet Vilene to create innovative work. Clear instructions are given for safe use of materials and equipment as care needs to be taken with some of the techniques described, for example to avoid fumes from melting plastic. Alongside Kim's own work is a selection of work from other textile artists. This practical book will help you to develop your own ideas if you already have a grounding in working with textiles and heat tools.
The book is divided into two parts: Tools and Techniques followed by Practice. Each section is comprehensive, looking at for example, what you can achieve with a heat gun. The large vessels made by Kim from painted Pelmet Vilene and Bondaweb are breathtaking. Another stunning vessel is shown by Sarah Hawkins, made by melting plastic bags. This book gives you the know-how but not step-by-step instructions to create similar works of art of your very own. There are many examples of work to offer inspiration. The book follows on from the techniques explored by Margaret Beal in 'Fusing Fabric' (see review) by introducing new materials with which to work. The book is lavishly illustrated and a must for any textile artist pursuing this technique.