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Unconventional & Unexpected : American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000
by Roderick Kiracofe


Overview - Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 is a stunning collection of approximately 150 eccentric and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the US during the second half of the 20th century.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 is a stunning collection of approximately 150 eccentric and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the US during the second half of the 20th century. Collected by renowned quilt authority and collector Roderick Kiracofe, they represent a 20th-century quilt movement that remains mostly undocumented. Unlike the familiar quilts that replicate traditional patterns of earlier centuries, these surprising textiles represent a freer, more casual, utilitarian style that departs from (and returns to) a multitude of norms and standards. Peppered with essays by renowned experts that help to contextualize the quilts' surprisingly modern aesthetic, Unconventional & Unexpected is a groundbreak-ing celebration of 20th-century quilting that picks up where most other quilt histories leave off.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781617691232
  • ISBN-10: 1617691232
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 223
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.45 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Kiracofe, quilt collecter and cofounder of The Quilt Digest, makes a strong case that scrap quilts are not merely utilitarian and consequently unimportant. They stand, he declares, as artistic offerings that are “unconventional and unexpected.” To prove his point in this gorgeous coffee-table book, he offers 150 illustrations of quilts from his collection, which are enhanced by his cutlines of information and opinion. His quilts range from messes to masterpieces, from the simple (red cross on blue field; Socony Oil’s Pegasus banner) to the intricate “Grids with Prairie Points.” He often shows backs, including one made from Sears catalogue pages. To support his thesis, Kiracofe includes insightful essays by quilt historians (including Denyse Schmidt on “The Beauty of Making Do”). They often compare scrap quilts to canvases by such modern artists as Picasso and Rothko, but only male artists; would a comparison between women quilters to women artists not elevate their quilts? Kiracofe proves scrap quilts worthy of moving from bed to wall. (Sept.)

 
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