Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor (Hardcover)
“I found my voice and my footing in my small work. It enabled me to build bridges between art, design, architecture, decorative arts, crafts.”—Sheila Hicks
“Chunky and chalky, with a blind-embossed textile cover and the shaggiest deckle edges you have ever seen, Weaving as Metaphor turns heroic graphic design into an act of impersonation.”—Alexandra Lange, Curbed
First published in 2006, this book examines the small woven textile works produced by artist Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) over a fifty-year period. Focusing on some one hundred miniature tapestries from public and private collections, the book demonstrates the breadth of Hicks's concerns: her playful subversions of weaving traditions, her persistent inquiry into the mysteries of color, her surprising range of materials, and her exploration of new technology. The volume, designed by Irma Boom and named “the most beautiful book in the world” at the 2007 Leipzig Book Fair, includes essays by Arthur C. Danto, Joan Simon, and Nina Stritzler-Levine as well as illustrations of the artist’s working tools, related drawings, photographs, and chronology.
Published in association with the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
About the Author
Nina Stritzler-Levine is director of exhibitions and executive editor of exhibition catalogues at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.
“Weaving as a Metaphor offers the intimate side of the artist’s oeuvre. . . . Emulating a gallery setting, the catalog, itself a work of art, presents each weaving on a separate page. Trenchant information as well as thought-provoking essays—by Arthur C. Danto, Joan Simon and Nina Stritzler-Levine—archival photographs and notebooks round out this wonderful publication. It chronicles a significant part of Sheila Hicks’s distinguished career, which began with the creation of semaphores for a whole new direction in weaving.”—Sigrid Wortmann Weltge, American Craft
“With every fiber, Sheila Hicks is a book you must touch and hold, and one that will touch and hold you as well. Printed on a hefty, deckle-edged paper, the book provides readers with a unique tactile element.”—STEP Inside Design
"Photographs of Hicks' miniature tapestries help explain how her studies in color, technique and materials connect the fields of art, craft and design. The book contains essays, scans from Hicks' journal entries and almost 200 images. For lovers of fiber, this seminal book offers a finer deconstruction of a master's work."—American Style
“Named ‘Most Beautiful Book in the World’ at the Leipzig Book Fair. . . . its heroic and original design harks back to the glassine, fold-out, white space past, down to a matte white cover likely to be marred by the touch. [Irma] Boom, a present-day maestra of the auratic book, chose to represent Hicks’ work by making a book that feels like you are holding a fistful of it in your hand. Chunky and chalky, with a blind-embossed textile cover and the shaggiest deckle edges you have ever seen, Weaving as Metaphor turns heroic graphic design into an act of impersonation.” –Alexandra Lange, Curbed
Designer Irma Boom won the Gold Medal for the "Most Beautiful Book in the World" Prize given at the Leipzig Book Fair