A truly fantastic book. It spans just over two decades of work by the incredible and prolific quilter, Nancy Crow, whose work constantly evolves into something even better than before. A fabulous eye for colour combinations that are inspiredby from a huge range of interests. The details and cross-referencing are quite astounding and better than most science books i have read, if a little scary (do I really need to know which direction the floor boards run in her newly restored barn? Yes I do as detail like that is now a conversation point. I have mentioned it on numerous occasions). The book answers all the questions I could possibly have about her work. She is a rare artist and actually gives due credit to all those involved in promoting her own inspired version of quilt art.
I look forward to her next book, as I have NO doubt that the will produce one.
This is a brilliant book. I've been a Nancy Crow fan for ages, and was even more impressed after reading this book. There's very clear colour photography in the book, with some fold-out pages of her quilts. It goes through how Nancy works e.g. details of her sketchbooks, quilting diagrams, studio space etc. It's laid out like an art book in places e.g. shows how Nancy works through different series e.g. Constructions, colour blocks etc. This is not a quilting-how-to book, but instead is something that people can aspire to or leave out on their coffee table for people to "ooh and aah" over.
This is a seriously large and weighty tome, that is a pleasure to both read and look at. Production wise, it is lavish, with beautiful photography, design, and gatefold pages which means the quilts can be shown at a much larger scale than a conventional book would normally allow. Sketchbook pages are shown alongside the final quilts, while Nancy's sketchbook notes are printed in a running commentary at the foot of the page, all of which gives a helpful overview of the artist's vision, from initial concept to final completion. Personal statements from the artist, about particular quilts-or groups of quilts-explain significant milestones in her work, and interest in certain themes. As well as the work itself, the book focuses on Nancy's travels and working environment, and ends with an interview with Nancy. All in all, I'd say this is a must have book, for an aspiring or dedicated quilt maker to own, but one which would also provide enormous inspiration for a novice.
This is a must have for any quilt art fan/maker. It is such an inspiration. I bought this ages ago and have just returned to it for research purposes. It has made me want to run into my studio and start making again. Well worth the money for this heavy tome.
A really lovely book about the work of quilter and artist Nancy Crow. Her work is modern and inspiring. It's a large hardback book packed with lovely illustrations. As well as the finished pieces, it talks about the inspiration for each project.
Nancy Crow is one of the major figures in modern US quilting and very influential in the modern quilting world. This large book contains text and many images which give an insight into her world and creations.