Sunday, October 3, 2010

Books on Sunday

Back again with another book....I figure I could post every Sunday for about 10 years and maybe get through my library. But, I have another friends who might still be working at it 20 years later......

I picked this book up on a whim, I loved the cover, stitch and paper and some yellow, rare in a book cover!

The Found Object in Textile Art by Cas Holmes

ISBN: 9781596683327

The back blurb says: Explore the elements and popular practice of using found objects in mixed-media and textile art with Cas Holmes. Cas, renowned for her use of "the found" and her many-layered, atmospheric pieces, presents a wealth of tips and ideas for this technique.

Inside you'll discover:
  • where to search for found objects and how to recycle previously used materials
  • techniques to conceive and build a piece around a found object
  • the range of found objects--from natural materials such as driftwood to manufactured pieces of machinery to even mundane objects like CD cases
  • how found objects can be used to create stunning pieces and lend deep meaning to a work
The Found Object in Textile Arts showcases how to combine mixed-media and fiber-arts techniques to create art with personal, narrative qualities.

What I like about the book:
     Lots of text and words, explanations, philosophy and concepts. Cas, the author, doesn't drive a car and so in walking has a different appreciation for her surroundings....interesting thought that we are insulated from our environment when we step into a vehicle.

My issue with this book and many others on the market is a lack of good foundations in design. A newcomer to mixed media might think that its all about putting "stuff" together. Art can never be just about that.

Would I recommend this book? Sure, borrow it from your library. If you want to buy it, then try:

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