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Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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"This collection of quilts demonstrates the continuing vitality of Nancy Crow's creative output. Her strengths as a colorist, designer, craftsperson, and visual thinker are in clear evidence here. But beyond those abilities, it is Crow's willingness to take risks in the studio that has brought her to this compelling place in her career. She shows a kind of courage in her working procedures that few artists are able to sustain past youth or the first flush of recognition. That she still enters her workspace with her head full of questions and the nerve to keep experimenting and exposing herself to potential failure, marks her seriousness as an artist and her quality as an example." David Hornung, Adelphi University, New York"

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Nancy Crow is considered the world's foremost art quilter, and her award-winning work has been instrumental in promoting quiltmaking from traditional craft to an art medium. Her quilts are on permanent display at several world-class art museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Arts & Design. She is the author of" Improvisational Quilts," " NANCY CROW," ""and" Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences. "She lives in Baltimore, Ohio. David Hornung is a painter and former quiltmaker and the author of "Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers." He lives in New York City."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of a Quilt Artist 12 April 2008
By LuvKimono - Published on Amazon.com
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Nancy Crow is a very prolific, hard working quilt artist whose innovative work never fails to fascinate. In the almost forty years that she has been quilting, teaching and leading developments in the quilting community, her work has evolved from quilts inspired by the grid type patterns that many quilters traditionally use to works that have more in common with contemporary paintings. She was one of the earliest quilters to break away from the traditional concept of the quilt as something made for the bed and instead has made quilts that are more suitable for hanging on the wall. Whereas her earlier work was characterized by complexity, the work she is doing now is focused on simpler shapes and more graphic qualities. Taking a cue from African American quilter Anna Williams (whom she credits for the inspiration) Crow moved to using spontaneous and intuitive cutting and piecing in the last decade. Despite her innovations, she continues to machine piece her works and she employs a hand quilter who finishes them.

This book is the fourth book that she has published in her extensive career. Like all of the others, the book is of very high quality, replete with fascinating photos and excerpts from the journals she keeps. The book accompanied a 2007 exhibit of twenty-five quilts at the Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The exhibit focused on three series she is working on, "Constructions," (machine pieced and quilted cottons that she hand dyes in her studio; "Markings," (screen printed and monoprinted fabrics that are pieced in large sections and hand quilted) and "Structures" (whole cloth quilts that are screenprinted and then hand quilted). Some of the "Structures" quilts are very reminiscent of the African Bogolanfini textiles.

I have to admit that I was at first quite taken aback by the evolution of some of her work in this book. These are not "pretty" quilts. A number of them are reminiscent of and are named by expressions of her inner anxiety and turmoil, which she writes about in the journals. No, these are not "pretty" quilts, but they are very powerful, very graphic, very beautiful, and I have grown to like them as much as I have liked her other work. The quilts in the "Construction" series had me wondering "How does she do that?" They are fascinating works.

An extensive introductory essay by David Hornung pays tribute to Crow as an artist, teacher and leader in the quilting community. For those interested in learning from her, Nancy Crow teaches classes on her farm in Ohio and around the country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get and Feed Your Eyes and Brain 13 Mar. 2015
By Mary Erdman - Published on Amazon.com
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You can never have too much exposure to learning from Nancy Crow. I don't think there really IS anyone else to pay attention to! Just my intense opinion!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
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Only the best from Nancy Crow. Visually stunning. From Synderman Gallery show
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads review 10 Aug. 2008
By A Fiber Artist - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting book. Not exactly what I thought it would be, but interesting nonetheless. The interview helps readers understand the artist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not a quilting book 2 Feb. 2010
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This book wasn't what I expected. It's a catalog to accompany an exhibition, with some photos of the quilts and a long intro by the curator. Nice photos, but limited. There was no commentary about creating design elements or color, or anything I found useful. This review is probably more about my expectations than the book. I wanted some insights into creating artistic quilts of my own. I've found better books than this for that purpose.
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