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Textile Visionaries: Book Review and Giveaway

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Ladies and gentlemen, Laurence King Publishing is back at it again.  They’ve got another great sewing book coming out at the end of this month called Textile Visionaries:  Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn.  You’d think publishing books was their job…  Oh, wait, I guess it is!

Textile Visionaries isn’t like most of the others I’ve written about.  It doesn’t have patterns, and it likely won’t help you improve your sewing skills or sewing vocabulary.  But, it will inspire.  It’s probably my favorite of all of the sewing books they’ve sent me, which is saying a lot because I really like working my way around the patterns in the Drape Drape series (here, here, here, and here), and I also like learning new words (really, I’m the kind of person who stops to look up a word in a dictionary when I don’t quite know the meaning).

This book is focused on individuals, the aptly named “textile visionaries”, and how they are using technology to drive fabric design forward through their own innovation with a focus on sustainability.  I could write and write and write about this book, but I really feel that you’ll get the best feeling of what it’s like (and why it’s worth having in your sewing room or even displayed on your coffee table!) by being able to see a few of its pages.  The photography in the book and the subjects being photographed are just jaw dropping.  I have to warn you that this is a very photo heavy post because I just couldn’t stop taking my own photos of their photos!  Nearly every page in the book had something I wanted to show off, from dresses with lightning flashes that really glow to unbelievable fabrics to locally sourced materials to shock-worthy garments (literally!) to true chemistry in fabric.  This book has 300 some pages, so what I’m showing here is just a tiny fraction of what you’ll find inside.

Okay, so here goes.  The big photo dump.  Prepare to feast your eyes.

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Textile Visionaries on Sew Well

Okay, now wasn’t that impressive?  To think I dream about the fabric I can buy, and these people dream about fabric they can invent.  Then I take the fabric that I’ve bought and turn it into a pattern someone else has made, while they mold it into the stuff of imagination.  It’s like science fiction come to life in the form of fabric.  And, even though I could be down on myself, instead there’s something about the awe that I feel that inspires my own creativity and imagination, even if I’m not designing my own fabric (yet! – ha! – I am a chemist after all!).  Truly, I’ve been sewing and sketching and dreaming up a storm since getting this book.  It’s just awesome.

Now for the best part – the giveaway. Laurence King Publishing has agreed to give away an additional copy of Textile Visionaries to one of my readers.  It’s not even out yet in stores!  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Friday, August 23rd at 7 am PDT. Good luck!

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64 thoughts on “Textile Visionaries: Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Choosing the right fabric is my stumbling block when learning to sew new patterns. This book would be ever so helpful!

  2. This book looks incredible! Each photo you’ve posted spawns at least a dozen other ideas… Please count me in for the giveaway. Thank you!

  3. Wow! This book looks amazing. Please count me in. I’m especially impressed by the fabric that zaps people who touch it. 🙂 Every young woman should have a jacket made out of that to wear when walking late at night. Beware, all you boys with bad intentions! My only question is…how do you keep from zapping yourself? I touch my own clothes all the time!

  4. What an amazing concept! I would love to learn more! My husband also has a background in chemistry and I bet I’d have a hard time getting this book away from him. 🙂 Thanks for a great giveaway from both of us!

  5. I have all of Bradley Quinn’s books and am fascinated by the use of unique materials and innovations in design using technology. I would love to own this book! Thanks

  6. Wow, looks really innovative stuff. Would love to own this & show my students at the craft workshops I’m running in September. Count me in for the draw…. I’ll start saving up for this #musthave. Beautiful & useful. Double whammy!

  7. Oooooh, that book looks SO interesting. I’m a scientist and love math and find both genres compliment sewing and fabric VERY well. I actually found myself reaching out to my computer screen to touch some of those pics of the remarkable fabrics. (yes, I know they are pics on my screen, not real fabric, don’t worry 🙂 ). I would like to throw my name into the hat and win this beautiful and science-sewing inspired book!

  8. WOW! this book does look so amazing and beautiful!! I can’t wait to see how it inspires you next…I love inspirational images too so thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Please count me in 🙂

  9. Wow, that book looks awesome! Daughter No1 is studying Textile Design at university, so this would be a fabulous source of inspiration for her! I guess if I don’t win your giveaway I’ll have to pre-order that on Amazon! Thanks for the fabulous “photo dump”, what a great book.

  10. I would love to win this! I try and inspire my students to push the boundaries and use technology to create new fabrics, as well as thinking about the environment; I’ve looked at and coveted this book already, so I would be overjoyed to win. Thanks for giving us all the chance!

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