on 22 September 2011
Isobel's first self published book is a visual treat with lovely photos and clear and simply laid out pages. Loads of the 'stuff' will already be lurking on your shelves and this is just what you need to get it out and experiment. I especially liked the book because it assumes you know the very basic stuff so does not waste space stating the obvious. It also sticks to really useful things like devore paste, scrim, bubble wrap, baby wipes etc and even suggests economy versions of more expensive crafty supplies like using weed suppressant fibre from the garden centre and improvising coatings using a flour and water paste. Lots of really usable ideas and interesting techniques using inkjet printing, encaustic wax and unconventional fabrics but avoiding expensive gimmicks. This is not a project book as such but suggests lots of uses for the mixed media materials produced. Loved the book and will refer to it often. My only gripe is the omission of an index.
on 21 September 2011
This book is a beauty. Full of stunning photography, Isobel takes us on a journey using all kinds of easily obtained and interesting materials in unusual ways. Ideas for bags, book covers,bowls,wall hanging and much more are all covered in detail. There are clear step by step instructions for projects and and photos show beautiful examples of Isobels work. This book would appeal to both the beginner and more experienced textile artist as it has something for everyone and is a book that can be dipped into time and time again..
Isobel promises an adventure and delivers one. Experiment to your heart's content and produce your own unique projects using the techniques. The instructions for the techniques are easy to follow. New ideas for using relatively inexpensive mediums - some found in the kitchen. This is a technique book and not a how to complete projects book. However, there are plenty of very good photos of finished items. Bowls, bags, journal covers and more. You'll enjoy the inspiration this book has to offer. Not for the absolute beginner, but for everyone else who loves textiles and experimenting. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.