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Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media Paperback – 15 Jul 2012
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About the Author
LISA SOLOMAN is a studio artist that moonlights as a college professor and graphic designer. Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization (sparked from her Happa heritage), Solomon's mixed-media works and installations revolve thematically around domesticity, craft, and triggers that may be construed as masculine and/or feminine. She is drawn to found objects tending to alter them conceptually so their meanings and original uses or intents are repurposed. She often fuses "wrong" things together--recontextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that question the line between ART and CRAFT. She received her BA in art in 1995 from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. She has exhibited and works with galleries both nationally and internationally, is in numerous private and public collections, and is continually tweeking artworks in her backyard studio. She resides in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, a three-legged cat, a cross-eyed cat, a deaf French bulldog, a pit-bull, and many, many spools of thread. She is the author of Knot Thread Stitch (Quarry Books, 2012). www.lisasolomon.com
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Although the projects are contributed by a range of different contemporary artists, there is a feeling of overall cohesion to the aesthetic, with a very retro, handmade-and-unique-not-perfect feel. I love Lisa Congdon's Floral Silhouette pillows, Lisa Solomon's Poppy Pods (drawing with threads on paper) and the simple (hand-carved) Leaf Stamp Card by Patricia Zapata . I don't have kids, but I love the projects adapted from kids drawings. I wasn't personally so keen on the pom-pom scarf, the pet portrait pillow (although if you are into kitsch you might well love this) or the cross stitch smily-fruit buttons. But there is a good chance you would have entirely different preferences, perhaps one of the projects I have not even mentioned.
The ideas are all very simple to execute and adapt, providing lots of inspiration. This would have been a 5 star book if as much attention had been given to techniques as ideas and presentation; but the bare bones of the techniques are provided & you can get further info elsewhere, so if you're a fan of arty craft books, this will definitely be a welcome addition to your collection.
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The embroideries from photos are my favorite, second is the use of linoleum block printing.
I could list them all, but that would be boring. :)