Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women

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Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women
Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women
$34.95
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Description

Pattern and Paradox reveals the astonishing creativity, design innovation, and skill of Amish women from communities across the United States, through fifty premier quilts made between 1880 and 1940.

Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women is an inspirational, lavishly illustrated book which will appeal to quilt enthusiasts, quilters and crafters, scholars and art lovers alike, with photography detailing fronts, backs and stitching of fifty breath-taking quilts from the Faith and Stephen Brown collection of Amish Quilts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Assembled over the span of nearly five decades, these extraordinary examples expand our understanding of the distinctive aesthetics that Amish women shaped within and for their communities. They situate Amish quilts within the larger scope of quilts in America as well as within the American art story.

In the main essay, Janneken Smucker--professor, historian and scholar of Amish quilts and culture--explains what unites and distinguishes the Amish and their arts and describes the sometimes fine line between personal artistry and communal practice. Her insightful text illuminates the ways in which Amish quilt patterns overlap and diverge from community to community. Through a series of discursive entries, Smucker considers "visual clues" for reading and interpreting Amish quilts, which are often more complex and curious than they might first appear.

Description

Pattern and Paradox reveals the astonishing creativity, design innovation, and skill of Amish women from communities across the United States, through fifty premier quilts made between 1880 and 1940.

Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women is an inspirational, lavishly illustrated book which will appeal to quilt enthusiasts, quilters and crafters, scholars and art lovers alike, with photography detailing fronts, backs and stitching of fifty breath-taking quilts from the Faith and Stephen Brown collection of Amish Quilts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Assembled over the span of nearly five decades, these extraordinary examples expand our understanding of the distinctive aesthetics that Amish women shaped within and for their communities. They situate Amish quilts within the larger scope of quilts in America as well as within the American art story.

In the main essay, Janneken Smucker--professor, historian and scholar of Amish quilts and culture--explains what unites and distinguishes the Amish and their arts and describes the sometimes fine line between personal artistry and communal practice. Her insightful text illuminates the ways in which Amish quilt patterns overlap and diverge from community to community. Through a series of discursive entries, Smucker considers "visual clues" for reading and interpreting Amish quilts, which are often more complex and curious than they might first appear.

ISBN
9781913875572
Publisher
Publication Date
April 22, 2024
Binding
Paperback
Item Condition
New