Fragmentation and Repair - for Mixed-Media and Textile Artists
A beautiful book packed with inspiration and practical ideas. The great variety and amount of work examples are most inspiring.
Explore two essential textile-art concepts with leading artist Shelley Rhodes.
in this fascinating and beautiful book renowned artist Shelley Rhodes explores 2 themes with a wealth of fresh ideas, practical advice and inspiring examples from her own work and from embroiderers around the world, including Debbie Lyddon and Alice Fox.
Shelley shows how she deconstructs and reassembles cloth, paper and objects to create new pieces, incorporating found objects and materials she has collected over the years to add a personal note. She covers using salvaged and recycled materials, repurposing household items, and methods of distressing and manipulating surfaces by burning, piercing, rust-dyeing and even composting for smaller works with strong visual impact. Special attention is given to darning and patching, traditionally seen simply as ways to prolong the life of garments but now appreciated as meaningful and decorative techniques in their own right.
Shelley also investigates the Japanese concepts of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in imperfection) and mottainai (using every last scrap), both of which constantly inform her work.