Unconventional & Unexpected

Unconventional & Unexpected

American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000

Book - 2014
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Unconventional & Unexpected: Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 is a stunning collection of approximately 150 quirky, eccentric, maverick and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters in the United States during the last half of the 20th century. Collected by renowned quilt authority and collector Roderick Kiracofe via eBay, flea markets, estate sales and other sources, they represent a 20th-century quilt movement that remains mostly undocumented. Unlike the quilts replicating traditional patterns of earlier centuries and the art quilts that we've become accustomed to seeing, these surprising quilts represent a much freer, more casual, utilitarian aesthetic that departs from (and returns to) a multitude of norms and standards. In Unconventional & Unexpected, Kiracofe presents the best quilts in his collection along with essays that help to contextualise them by experts in a variety of fields, including quilt-making, quilt history, art history, collecting, colour, photography and domestic life.
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014.
ISBN: 9781617691232
Branch Call Number: 746.46 KIR
Characteristics: 223 pages :,color illustrations ;,29 x 26 cm
Alternative Title: Unconventional and unexpected


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LPL_KateG Aug 12, 2015

This book is a treat to browse through. I am blown away by the beautiful, handmade treasures captured within its pages! These quilts are imperfect and human, and all the more lovely because of it.

Jul 01, 2015

An awesome historical book that honors all the "everyday working quilts" that our parents and grandparents made, rather than just those that most would consider to be "quilt show perfect".

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