Saturday, 14 December 2013

Reading - Ruth Issett

Although I seem to be finding little time to stitch right now - and especially to plan or start new work - I have been reading in my small snippets of down time.

One book that has especially enthralled me is Ruth Issett's beautiful new book A Passion for Colour. The book sings with colour and an irrepressible enthusiasm for exploring the possibilities.

As in her earlier books, she explores the use of print, dyeing and stitch on paper and fabric but the examples shown in this book seem particularly vivid and exciting. Every page shows unexpected juxtapositions of colour and, towards the end, there are some beautiful examples of her work together with explanations of how each piece was developed. I found all these fascinating.

Within the book also, I found many hints and ideas for developing my own use of colour and I will be trying these once Christmas is over and I have more time.

This is a beautiful and exciting book and one I know I will return to again and again for inspiration and ideas.

PS There are hundreds of pictures of Ruth's work out there on the web on this link and many others so I haven't included any in this post - I just couldn't choose between them all. If Ruth's work is new to you, you are in for a delightful surprise ... enjoy!


6 comments:

  1. This book sounds wonderful … I am earmarking it for perusal again during the holidays. I am unfamiliar with her work but look forward to seeing it … i guess I could google her ;)

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    1. Do indeed google Ruth - her work is amazing. She is a member of the Textile Study Group here in the UK. All do wonderful work - even more to explore if they are also new to you ...

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  2. Oh my, this is a fabulous book!! I have been lucky enough to take a few classes with Ruth,.. yes, even on this side of the pond!! and she is one talented lady!! All her books are great, very inspiring and SO filled with colour!

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    1. Lucky, lucky you! I had the chance of taking a 2 day class with Ruth this autumn but was unable to do so as it clashed with a family holiday - what a choice! Now, having read her book, I'm on the lookout for another opportunity.

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  3. Thank you for passing her name along. She has many bright and vibrant designs--it was the perfect visual tour antidotes for our sloggy, rain and snow weather!!!

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    1. Maybe that is why I've so enjoyed it - we too are doing soggy and rain (though not yet snow) and it is so dark and dismal.

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