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Transparency in Textiles

From the back cover:

From the front flap:
In this inspirational book, acclaimed textile artist Dawn Thorne explores the newest trend in textile art: transparency and translucency.

Techniques range from the traditional, such as delicate shadow work on sheer fabrics and felting techniques to create open, cobweb-like structures, to the innovative, such as encasing scraps of fabric within dramatic blocks of polymer resin, and stitching and heat-manipulating non-woven fabrics such as Lutradur to create intricately constructed dimensional pieces.

As well as the more usual fabric and paper, the author also explores the use of less familiar - though always easily available - materials such as Perspex, which can be cut, bent and etched to create fascinating textural effects, and cellophane, which can be bonded and layered with stitch to give your work depth and atmosphere. The author also discusses how to harness light, both natural and artificial, to define the structure of your work, including the use of exciting materials such as fibre optics. To get you started, there are three projects, including a delicate hanging piece and an exquisite bracelet created with acetate film.

Packed with inspirational design ideas for creating transparency, translucency and dimension in your work, and illustrated with a wealth of examples from leading textile artists, this book provides the perfect introduction to a trend that will surely revolutionize textile art.

About the author:
Dawn Thorne is a textile artist and course tutor and co-ordinator for the prestigious City and Guilds Stitched Textiles course at East Berkshire College in Windsor. She exhibits at the Mall Gallery and is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and Studio 21. This is her first book.

Hard cover, 128 pages.
Price: $49.95 ($45.41)