One of my very favorite things to do on Gen Q is write book reviews. When Julie approached me about being part of her blog tour for Fabric Printing at Home – Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects the answer was an immediate, “YES!!” Often what I find is something personal, an intimate connection that just speaks softly but makes a huge impact. And I found it.
In her dedication Julie shares, “To my son and “studio mate” Aaron, who had a front row seat to the creation of all the artwork in this book – I continue to appreciate your directness tempered by kindness. I’m so proud to be your mom.” There is so much that I see in this dedication but the words that speak clearly, “directness tempered with kindness”. This kid has an ability to see things, speak to them in an way that leaves you with an openness to making some kind of change in the work.
A whole couple of pages later Julie shares how she took over the family room as her studio when the time was right. The space was right for her and she took the time to make it her own after spending some time visiting the studio’s of other artists, looking at their space to see what might work and not work so well for her. This is something we all long for: the right space and the right set up that continues to give us the room to create and explore the depth of our boundaries as quilt makers and artists.
One of the things that I appreciate about most is the accessibility and home-yness of Julie’s approach to printing at home. She uses vegetables and cutlery, foil and plastic wrap, freezer paper and quilty stencils to create dynamic fabric that has many potential uses from quilts to garments. Thankfully Julie does not use chocolate though I could see cocoa beans providing great texture…oooh coffee beans too. Won’t they look ever so fun?!
This is one book that will stay in my collection offering wisdom as one day I head down the road of making my own fabric with paint. Fabric Printing at Home is that simple guide to getting started, giving the right tools and encouragement along the way.
Julie is having daily give away’s on her blog so be sure to visit there. There is an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Please leave me a comment answering the thought, “today I will take a risk by adding . . . . to my quilting” by February 15th, one week from today I’ll hit the random number generator and choose a winner.
Please be sure to visit each one of the other bloggers on the tour! There are always more opportunities to get a copy of the book.
Feb 1-14: Julie B. Booth Thread Born Blog
Feb 2: Lisa Chin Something Clever About Nothing
Feb 3: Lynn Krawczyk Smudged Textiles Studio
Feb 4: Jane Davila Chary Sprouts
Feb 5: Carol R. Eaton Carol R Eaton Designs
Feb 6: Judy Gula Artistic Artifacts
Feb 7: Susan Purney Mark
Feb 8: Teri Lucas
Feb 9: Jennifer C. Qudeen
Feb. 10: Deborah Boschert
Feb 11: Lynda Heines Bloom Bake Create
Feb 12: Cheryl Sleboda Muppin
Feb 13: Terri Stegmiller
Feb 14: Jackie Lams Studio Lams