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Fabric Printing at Home
By Julie B. Booth (Quarry Books)

VanDykeCover1Julie B. Booth is an exceptionally imaginative fiber artist and a well-respected teacher who is making her first inroad into publishing to widen her audience and selflessly share her knowledge.

Years of research and lots of no holds barred experimentation have come together to complete a book which can be successfully utilized by fiber artists interested in creating original printed fabrics.  Envisioned as a starting off place with quick and easy fabric designs even beginners will find successes that will encourage them to the next level

The fiber artist who has never tried printing their own fabric will find the carefully spelled out steps encouraging and specific.  Besides providing information and clear photos of the basic toolkit needed each project suggested has a clearly set apart materials list.  It is a positive way to get started. Side bar “tips” further underline possibilities to explore and expand each technique.

VanDyke2The writing is concise and friendly and seems to be a personal message to the reader. References to playtimes when we all experimented with making prints with potatoes made me smile as I reflected on what vegetables I could experiment with. Her suggestions abound with originality that inspires the reader to move ahead with abandon.

Chapters 2-6 are intended to stand alone and provide suggestions and ideas for using simple kitchen staples, recyclable materials and junk drawer finds to create stencils, masks, print blocks and plates for printing.  Several methods of printing are explored within each chapter and illustrated with photographs of Booth’s work.

Chapter 6 delves into some of the resist techniques that can be utilized to successfully combine with the other chapters for unlimited results.  Her recipes for a variety of resists are accurate and simple. Again, photos of her samples and step-by-step instructions reinforce the explanations throughout the book.

VanDyke1The final chapter highlights the work of additional contributing artists who accepted the challenge to create using the book’s techniques and result in inspiration for artists at every level. An extensive list of resources is also included. Fiber artists will find themselves challenged to step into their kitchens/studios to experiment with many of Booth’s suggestions. Booth encourages the resulting next step for everyone. She invites artists through example to step outside the book and experiment without boundaries.  Fabric artists looking for new inspirations and jumping off points will consider this a library staple.

Thank you to Trudi Van Dyke, Independent Curator for this review.

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