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American Quilts

The Democratic Art, 1780-2007



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American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw
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Sumptuous, informative and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, it's a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage. Not only does author Robert Shaw provide an insightful look at quilting aesthetics, he places the craft in its historical, cultural and socioeconomic context, providing a visually lush journey through American history. This opulent volume starts with old-world traditions and goes up to date, examining key moments that had an impact on quilting culture - including Amish emigration, slavery and the Civil War, the Depression, new sewing technology and the Bicentennial. More than 350 stunning images capture a rich variety of work created by people from all walks of life.

Author Biography

Robert Shaw is a former curator of the Shelburne Museum, Sotheby's consultant and recognised authority on American folk art. He has written numerous books on American crafts.
Release date Australia
January 28th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
full colour illustrations throughout, over 350 photographs
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