Instinctive Quilt Art – Bethan Ash – Book Review

25 Oct

Instinctive Quilt Art: Fusing Techniques and Design

The half term break is here and things are busy – but there’s still time for a little chat about a beautiful quilt book put into my hands from a friend.

I like this book and it enables one to think outside of the box when it comes to quilting.  I love patchwork piecing in the more ‘traditional’ sense and art quilts are still a mystery to me.  Looking through this book it inspires me to be a bit more adventurous when thinking about piecing fabric for a quilt.

The author encourages you to work more spontaneously using a large variety of piecing fabric, from fusing, collage, surface design, digital transfer, printing and more.  Betahn Ash’s  goal is to create work with ‘movement, harmony and balance’.  She talks frankly about what skills you need to develop and work on in order to become a quilt artist.

Throughout the book there are various exercises using shape, colour and composition to create a professional piece of quilt art.  There is a chapter on Design and Creative Play discussing how to be flexible in your approach with design, working instinctively.  These design elements include ideas about shape, balance, harmony, line, scale and pattern and texture.  In this same chapter she talks about how you can develop your improvisational skills and how to explore different media.

The final chapter is called ‘Disregarding the Rules’.  Again encouraging you to learn through the pieces you have done and how you could use these ideas to evolve and inspire you with more.

A fluid book, with some beautiful improvised art quilts to inspire.

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One Response to “Instinctive Quilt Art – Bethan Ash – Book Review”

  1. isathreadsoflife May 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    This book looks and sounds very interesting and inspiring. Thanks for your review.

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