19 Textile Books to Give & Get (2014)

Textile Books Collage 2014Check out these 19 must-have books published in 2014 – then purchase via either of these Amazon.com programs that generate donations to support SDA’s textile-inspired mission.

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2) Click through to Amazon via this SDA webpage so that a portion of anything you purchase will be donated to support SDA’s mission – at no cost to you.

ART & ARTISTS____________________________________________________________

Judith Scott Bound & Unbound amazon

Judith Scott BOUND & UNBOUND

by Catherine Morris (Editor), Matthew Higgs (Editor)
Lynne Cooke (Contributor), Joyce Scott (Contributor)
Kevin Killian (Contributor)

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Prestel (September 22, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $33.72 on Amazon

“Judith Scott’s story has become widely known: born with Down syndrome, and institutionalized for thirty years, before moving to the Bay Area to be near her twin sister, Scott had long-hidden artistic sensibilities that were first discovered at the visionary Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.”

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Fiber Sculpture Boston amazonFIBER SCULPTURE: 1960 – Present

by Jenelle Porter (Author),
Glenn Adamson (Contributor)
T’ai Smith (Contributor)
Sarah Parrish (Contributor)

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Prestel (August 28, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently  $40.24 on Amazon

“This lavish book documents the developments in the field of fiber-related art over the past half century….In addition to a section of full color illustrations, [it] also includes profiles of all of the genre’s most influential artists.”

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Art & Textiles amazonART & TEXTILES: Fabric as Material & Concept
in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present

by Hartmut Böhme (Author), Markus Brüderlin (Author),
Beverly Gordon (Author), Jean-Hubert Martin (Translator)

Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
(February 28, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $50.03 on Amazon

This opulently designed volume looks at the dialogue between art and craft over the past century-plus. It compares works by Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas, Jackson Pollock, Eva Hesse, Chiharu Shiota, Sergei Jensen and others to historical textiles from centuries past.

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Grand Design Renaissance Tapestry Met amazonGRAND DESIGN: Pieter Coecke van Aelst
and Renaissance Tapestry

by Elizabeth Cleland (Editor)

Hardcover: 412 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
(November 18, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $61.65 on Amazon

Renowned throughout Renaissance Europe, Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–1550) produced works for the wealthiest and most important patrons of the time, including Emperor Charles V, Francis I of France, Henry VIII of England, the Habsburgs, and Cosimo de Medici.

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Strange Material Prain amazon lgSTRANGE MATERIAL:
Storytelling through Textiles

by Leanne Prain

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
(October 7, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $19.05 on Amazon

This book showcases crafters who take storytelling off the page and into the mediums of batik, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, crochet, and weaving, creating objects that bear their messages proudly…

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text in textile art amazon lgTEXT IN TEXTILE ART

by Sara Impey

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Batsford
(March 4, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $21.11 on Amazon

“The creative potential of text in textile art is unlimited, and words can engage the viewer and express ideas that the fabric can’t otherwise convey.”

QUILTING ARTS___________________________________________________________

Quilts of India Finn amazon

QUILTS OF INDIA: Timeless Textiles

by Patrick J. Finn

Hardcover: 390 pages
Publisher: Niyogi Books; Slp edition
(July 15, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $101.37 on Amazon

“…provides a comprehensive study of Indian quilts. It explores the historic and contemporary context of quilt-making. Wonderfully illustrated with over 500 photographs, it is the story of this enduring, yet ancient textile tradition.”

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Unconventional & Unexpected Quilts amazon lgUnconventional & Unexpected:
American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000

by Roderick Kiracofe

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1 edition
(September 9, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $35.27 on Amazon

…a stunning collection of approximately 150 eccentric and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the US during the second half of the 20th century.

TEXTILE DESIGN___________________________________________________________

Lucien Day Casey amazon

LUCIENNE DAY: In the Spirit of the Age

by Andrew Casey

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (April 16, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $40.13 on Amazon

Lucienne Day was part of a new generation of designers who came to the forefront of the British textile industry in the immediate post-war period. Setting a new standard in originality and quality, both in Britain and abroad, she believed that good design should be mass produced for the many and not just the few, and that it could improve the lives of ordinary people.

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marimekko in patterns amazonMARIMEKKO: In Patterns

by Marimekko

Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $25.69 on Amazon

Internationally beloved Finnish design brand Marimekko’s iconic patterns grace home décor, apparel, and accessories, and have informed and influenced tastemakers worldwide for over half a century. Richly illustrated with photographs and prints both classic and new, this vibrant volume offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand’s creative process.

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Woven Textile Design Shenton amazon lgWoven Textile Design

by Jan Shenton

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
(May 27, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $27.79 on Amazon

“…offers a comprehensive introduction to weaving for all those wishing to design and produce a wide range of fabrics from scratch. Starting with the basics of woven textile design, the book looks at how to draw up and interpret records and notation, before explaining how different types of cloth are constructed.

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Fashion Print Design amazonFashion Print Design:
From the Idea to the Final Fabric

by Ángel Fernández, Daniela Santos Quartino

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition
(October 28, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $29.26 on Amazon

This illustrious guide to modern print design is, first and foremost, an art book, but serious designers will find it to be a useful reference as well. The editors of this collection provide a straightforward account of the development of the most influential print styles in high fashion around the world today. Advice, instruction, and hundreds of vibrant examples will inspire designers with an open mind.

TECHNIQUES_____________________________________________________________

Stitch & Structure Draper amazon

Stitch and Structure: Design and Technique
in Two- and Three-Dimensional Textiles

by Jean Draper

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Batsford
(February 4, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $23.37 on Amazon

“Textile artists eager to expand their repertoire into two- and three-dimensional work will find this an essential and inspiring reference. With lavish illustrations, Stitch and Structure covers the entire process, from designing through construction to embellishment with mixed media.

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Reclaimed Textiles Thiitchai amazonReclaimed Textiles:
Techniques for Paper, Stitch, Plastic and Mixed Media

by Kim Thittichai

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Batsford (August 5, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $20.72 on Amazon

Whether you want to be thrifty and green, or to add a sense of heritage to your work, incorporating old bits of paper, fabric, plastic, and packaging can lead to stunning textile art. Kim Thittichai takes crafters through a range of innovative techniques for reclaiming and recycling, from collage to rag-rugging, giving each style a unique twist.

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Stitch, Fibre, Metal & Mixed Media amazonStitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media

by Alsyn Midgelow-Marsden

Series: The Textile Artist
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Search Press
(May 13, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $20.72 on Amazon

…shows how to use both textile-based and mixed media techniques to create beautiful artworks using metal in the forms of shim, foil and woven fabric alongside many other materials. She shares her expertise in an inspiring variety of techniques from free machine stitching to gilding, embossing, needle felting, beading, printing, appliqué, making stitched foil fabric and using dry decal transfer images.

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Make-Wearable Electronics Hartman amazonMake: Wearable Electronics: Design, Prototype
& Wear Your Own Interactive Garments

by Kate Hartman

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition
(September 5, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $21.56 on Amazon

“…intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear.

FASHION__________________________________________________________________

Hijacking The Runway Agins amazonHijacking the Runway: How Celebrities
Are Stealing
the Spotlight from Fashion Designers

by Teri Agins

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Gotham (October 9, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $20.34 on Amazon
…forced by the explosion of social media and the accelerating worship of fame, red carpet celebrities are no longer content to just advertise and are putting their names on labels that reflect the image they—or their stylists—created. Agins charts this strange new terrain with wit and insight and an insider’s access to the fascinating struggles of the bold-type names and their jealousies, insecurities, and triumphs. Everyone from industry insiders to fans of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model will want to read Agins’s take on the glitter and stardust transforming the fashion industry…

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Harris Tweed Platman amazonHarris Tweed: From Land to Street

by Lara Platman

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Reprint edition
(January 15, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $18.01 on Amazon

Harris Tweed is a unique woollen textile that has been hand-woven by islanders off the west coast of Scotland for generations. Worn worldwide, it is cherished both for the clothing made from it and as a fascinating traditional craft. Lara Platman spent a year with the farmers, mill workers, weavers, tailors and designers who are carrying this tradition forward into the twenty-first century and in Harris Tweed: From Land to Street she follows the chain of craftsmen, from the islanders in the Hebrides to the tailors of Savile Row.

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Charles James Beyond Fashion Koda amazonCharles James: Beyond Fashion

by Harold Koda (Author), Jan Reeder (Author),
Ralph Rucci (Preface), Sarah Scaturro (Contributor),
Glenn Petersen (Contributor)

Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
(June 3, 2014)
Language: English
Price: Currently $33.35 on Amazon

Charles James, often considered to be America’s first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour…. With flair and style echoing that of its subject, Charles James brings to life one of the most fascinating and creative figures in American fashion.

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Amazon Smile logoPlease do remember to make your purchase via either of these Amazon.com programs that generate donations to support SDA’s textile-inspired mission.

SDA logo SableOlive313px1) Sign up for Amazon Smile then choose Surface Design Association as your charitable org. 0.05% of the price of your eligible purchases will be donated to support SDA’s mission – at no cost to you – whenever you shop via AmazonSmile.

2) Click through to Amazon via this SDA webpage so that a portion of anything you purchase will be donated to support SDA’s mission – at no cost to you.

3 Comments

  • Teddy says

    December 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Wow. Fantastic group of books. How to decide?

  • Bill Volckening says

    December 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Unconventional & Unexpected is a must-have!

  • Mixing It Up in 2015 — Leanne Prain says

    January 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    […] thanks to the Surface Design Association for naming Strange Material a must-have book for 2014. I’m […]

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