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Wild by Design

Two Hundred Years Of Innovation And Artistry In American Quilts

By Janet Catherine Berlo

Wild by Design explores the American tradition of freewheeling, improvisational, often asymmetrical quilts, whose makers experimented boldly with design, color, and pictorial motifs. It examines both the aesthetics and the social history of quilts from the early nineteenth century to the present, including Amish, African American, and modern art quilts.

From the state fair to the clothesline, women have sought ways to exhibit the beauty and optical effects of their quilts. The "quilting frolic" of the nineteenth century was for many women an alternative to the art academy and the salon. Janet Berlo reminds us that quilts were a valued form of artistic expression, meant to be shared and admired among the company of other women.

Over fifty applique and pieced quilts are illustrated, chosen from the collections of the International Quilt Study Center for their outstanding visual qualities. Each is accompanied by a lively dialogue among quilt experts that illustrates the varied dimensions of quilts as aesthetic objects of the highest order and as reflections of the lives and societies of their makers. This multifaceted analysis of quilts sheds light on the histories of women, textiles, and American art and culture.

Janet Catherine Berlo is professor of art history at the University of Rochester in New York. She is the author of Native North American Art and a memoir, Quilting Lessons, and is the editor of The Early Years of Native American Art History: The Politics of Scholarship and Collecting. Patricia Cox Crews is professor of textiles and director of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the editor of Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers and A Flowering of Quilts. The book also includes contributions by Carolyn Ducey, Jonathan Holstein, and Michael James.

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Format: Book
Author: Berlo, Janet Catherine
Title: Wild by design : two hundred years of innovation and artistry in American quilts / Janet Catherine Berlo and Patricia Cox Crews ; with contributions by Carolyn Ducey, Jonathan Holstein, and Michael James.
Publisher Date: Lincoln, NE : International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, c2003.
Subject: Quilts -- United States
Isbn: 0295983094 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Berlo, Janet Catherine
Title: Wild by design : two hundred years of innovation and artistry in American quilts / Janet Catherine Berlo and Patricia Cox Crews ; with contributions by Carolyn Ducey, Jonathan Holstein, and Michael James.
Publisher, Date: Lincoln, NE : International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, c2003.
Description: xii, 158 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.
Subjects: Quilts -- United States
Other Author: Crews, Patricia Cox
Other Author: Ducey, Carolyn
Other Author: Holstein, Jonathan
Other Author: James, Michael, 1949-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-156).
Contents: Foreword / Michael James -- International Quilt Study Center collections / Patricia Cox Crews -- "Acts of pride, desperation, and necessity": aesthetics, social history, and American quilts / Janet Catherine Berlo -- Catalogue of quilts / Janet Catherine Berlo, Patricia Cox Crews, Carolyn Ducey, Jonathan Holstein.
LCCN: 2002191905
ISBN: 0295983094 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 746.460973 Ber