Thomas is a very passionate person. I need to restate that a little better and with a bit more emphasis...Thomas is a VERY PASSIONATE person. He is extremely real about who he is and all the insane brilliance that gives him his gifts. I love his originality, his passion, his ability to take the abstract and be able to explain it in lay terms to people like me. I need all the help I can get!
Along with the tools and techniques he uses in his daily sewing, this book is filled with very real life issues from anyone's life to Thomas' personal life.
His quilt Mitosis is an example of his personal life being represented in a quilt. In this beautiful simplicity the " The clinical gray background only serves to set off the abundance of color, just as the doctor's office gives way to the extraordinary reality of a child. " Simplicity speaks volumes when you understand the story behind the artwork.
The reality of this wonderful quilt is not as lovely as the one above. Excess is a memorial quilt to the victims of domestic abuse. I have had dear friends that were victims of domestic abuse. This quilt speaks to me and hopefully to you. The 1,600 squares represent a woman's life lost to domestic violence. Putting a voice to a situation, like this one can help. Quilting arts can make a difference by giving a voice. I have learned that quilts do not have to be overly complex to convey meaning.
I have to add in this fantabulous quilt that was pieced by Audrey Bidwell ( Blue is Bleu) Split Personality. It is rather drool worthy. Bridging the Traditional to the Modern, having them coexist and have a cuppa jo together is a thing of brilliance! Thomas is great at brilliance!
There is so much more in this book than I can even begin to possibly share. It is really more like a novel with epic quilts thrown in. It is a must have for any collection.
What originally sold me on this book, what made me fall head over heels in love with the ideas presented was this quote from Thomas...
Thomas is without a doubt an inspiration to me both artistically and personally. I love him and I love his choice in footwear too! Gray Doc Martins... COOLNESS!
"I am of a new generation of quilters who did not come to quilting through a relative, friend, or indeed anyone with whom I had an immediate local connection. My community is first and foremost global; my conversations occur on the internet though various technologies. Most of my lessons have come from YouTube or other online tutorials. This virtuality, though, does not make my relationships any less real; we share our creative and personal lives together as we learn from each other and exchange the things we make. As such, the core practice of quilting has changed vary little over the centuries."
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