Synopses & Reviews
Every quilter will want to possess this stunning anthology, which features 10 years worth of the most innovative pieces chosen for the Quilt National biennial exhibition--the top showcase for modern quilt artists. Acclaimed author Robert Shaw, a widely recognized expert on American folk art, introduces the volume and provides both a beautifully illustrated history of the art quilt movement and a special section on building, displaying, and caring for collection of quality pieces. The techniques and materials featured in these 400 spectacular quilts are as varied as the people who created them, and through spectacular color photographs and artists' discussions, readers will discover how the boundaries of traditional quilt-making have expanded in the last decade.
"A rich and beautifully crafted introduction to American quilts from the Colonial period to the present . . . an enduring work. Readers new to the field will discover the quilt as a remarkable art form; readers knowledgeable in histories of the quilt will discover fresh information and insight." and#8212;Choice
Sumptuous, informative, and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art. Robert Shaw, one of the leading scholars in the field, provides a keen, insightful look at quilting aesthetics, and places the craft in its historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context every step of the way. Take the visual journey through American history with more than 350 stunning images.
About the Author
Robert Shaw is the author of the Sterling titles Electrified: The Art of the Contemporary Electric Guitar, Bird Decoys of North America, Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art and Craft of Contemporary Guitars, and many other critically acclaimed books on American crafts and folk art. The former curator at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Shaw lectures and writes on many aspects of American folk arts and crafts. He has curated exhibitions at major museums and expositions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the National Gallery of Art; and serves as a consultant to museums, collectors, and auction houses. His website is roberteshaw.com. Shaw lives in Shelburne, VT.