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The Pieced Quilt: An American Design Tradition
The Pieced Quilt An American Design Tradition Author:Jonathan Holstein This is a book about American pieced quilts, the kind whose tops are made from pieces of material sewn together, usually in geometric patterns. I must state at the outset that it is a very personal view of these objects: I am interested more in their visual content than their craft. — ...Quilts are token of our pre-industrial past, the homestead... more » which exists in fact or myth, and the hand skills which our ancestors practiced as a matter of course, symbolic of virtuous household industry. Industrialization has made us acutely aware of the monetary value of time units; labor is sold in short time spans which can be conveniently rationalized with production cost factors. We have noticed two common reactions when people examine a superbly made and intricately stitched quilt: "How did she find time to do it?" (She had to, so she did.) And: "I wouldn't do that for..." and some figure is named, indicating their feeling that such work no doubt took hours, days, perhaps months,and the monetary value they would attach to such extended labor.
...If we strip away, then, the awe of handwork, much the awe of the sophisticate for the practical knowledge of the country or the skills of a previous time, and if we put aside the romantic associations of the quilt in American life, we can begin perhaps to see them in a different but equally meaningful way. And that simply, is what we have tried to do.
For that leaves us with surface, with pattern, color, and form. And here the word "American" becomes important. Pieced quilts of great workmanship, great "craft," were made in other places, though few. But it was in America that they became a design phenomenon of great interest and, I believe, of singular importance.
Book is in good condition. It has no jacket. There is a faint mildewy odor, that I am working on. Nice copy.« less