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Art is the Cloth: How to Look at and Understand Tapestries

Micala Sidore Charissa Bremer-David

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Schiffer Publishing Ltd
28 July 2020
Spinning & weaving
A colourful guided tour from an expert, enabling weavers, textile lovers, and art lovers to notice and appreciate what tapestries can do and how they do it. This guide from expert tapestry weaver and historian Sidore gives how-to strategies enabling weavers and nonweavers to notice and appreciate the meaning of these artworks. You'll discover much to enjoy in photos of more than 300 tapestries from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Sidore enables you to think about the weavings in ways you have never before considered as she groups pieces that talk with each other - and that also converse with the viewer. Enjoy learning basic elements of weaving to help you become increasingly sophisticated in understanding what you're seeing. Then, learn seven ways in which tapestries can call attention to themselves as cloth. This eye-opening guide to seeing explains the great range of materials and visual themes, the use of trompe l'oeil, the importance of the direction in which the weaver weaves, and more. After this learning experience, you'll bring smarter eyes to your museum wandering, deeper enjoyment to your collection and purchases, and surprising new skills and creativity to your weaving of fibers... and of life. AUTHOR: Micala Sidore (Northampton, Massachusetts) studied at the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins in Paris and has woven and exhibited tapestries for 40 years. She lectures and teaches throughout the world. 304 colour and b/w photographs
By:   Micala Sidore
Foreword by:   Charissa Bremer-David
Imprint:   Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 228mm, 
ISBN:   9780764359927
ISBN 10:   0764359924
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   28 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Micala Sidore (Northampton, Massachusetts) studied at the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins in Paris and has woven and exhibited tapestries for 40 years. She lectures and teaches throughout the world.

Reviews for Art is the Cloth: How to Look at and Understand Tapestries

Micala Sidore has made a real contribution to all who are creative, who weave and who enjoy viewing the visual arts. The Art is the Cloth' aims to open the eyes and minds of all to the world of tapestry weaving, whether the readers are weavers or non-weavers. Its intention is to give some understanding of the processes involved, its meanings and narratives and to celebrate the breadth and scope of traditional and contemporary tapestry. The photography and reproduction is of the highest standard and I found myself wanting to turn the next page to experience the visual impact and to satisfy my curiosity as to what comes next. Specific pieces made me stop, to look more closely and to seek an understanding and observe in detail what was happening. Contemplation, immersion and sheer enjoyment prevailed. - Michael Crompton, Tapestry Weaver, July 2020


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