It’s been about two months now that I’ve had a copy of Gwen Blakley Kinsler’s new book The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the book in those two months and every single time I see something new and interesting! Today I’m happy to tell you more about the book in this review sharing 11 reasons that you might want to get your hands on a copy … and I’m happy to offer you the chance to get a copy through a book giveaway! There are lots of ways to enter!
11 Reasons To Buy The Fine Art Of Crochet
1. Author Gwen Blakley Kinsler knows what she is talking about. She is the founder of the Crochet Guild of America, a member of the National Needlework Association, a crochet author who has been widely published and she did extensive research into crochet art history for the writing of this book. She is also a crochet artist in her own right particuarly in freeform crochet art.
Gwen Blakley Kinsler crochet self portrait
2. This book is a truly original celebration of crochet art. It’s such a unique book, one of the first that I know of since the 1970s that collects the work of a diverse range of crochet artists and really showcases how crochet can be used in the art world. It expands upon the existing literature in crochet art history and then adds to it by showcasing the developments of each individual artist in a way that shows us how the whole of the crochet art movement is more than just the sum of the parts. I love what Gwen said about crochet art in a recent blog post: “Crochet as art nudges pre-conceived notions of crochet out of the arena of “grandma’s rocking chair” and into the realm of “almost anything is possible.” This serves to impress even the most seasoned practitioner and inspire them to push their own work to the next level.”
3. The range of crochet artists included in this book is amazing. The book profiles the work of twenty different contemporary crochet artists. Some of these, like Arline Fisch, are artists who began their work decades ago and who were actually originally featured in those other books. Others are new artists who are bringing their own modern voices to the fiber arts scene. I’ve done extensive research into crochet artists myself and knew many of the ones in the book but there were actually a few that I hadn’t heard of yet and am so glad I know about them now.
4. It’s a beautiful coffee table book. This is the kind of crochet art book that you can place on a coffee table and enjoy again and again just for the beauty of the works shared here. The photos are excellent and the work is inspirational.
5. You’re supporting a self-published author. Gwen did a great job of creating a high-quality self-published book. As a self-published author myself I think there are a lot of good reasons to support indie publishing and would love to see her be successful with this book for this reason as well as because I think it’s a great celebration of crochet art.
Dale Roberts; 127 (Distort Series); crocheted cotton, wool, hemp, twine, sound objects such ascardboard, rubber balls, metal, wood
6. You can learn more about crochet’s history. The emphasis is on its history as an art form, through revolution, evolution and onto collaboration. However, you’ll get some interesting general crochet history from the book’s intro as well.
7. There is a lot of interesting, rich information about each crochet artist in the book. Of course we are all going to turn to the pictures and ooh and aah but the text is also really informative here. Profiles of each crochet artist are detailed and share the artist’s history, motivations, messages and more.
8. It’s really affordable for an art book. Most books that feature so many color photos of artwork are really pricey. This one isn’t. It’s within the average price range of a regular crochet pattern book. Plus it’s available on Kindle if you’re on a tight budget.
9. It includes male crochet artists. There’s a mixture of artists in this book and I wanted to point out that she includes several male crochet artists who are often underrepresented in our conversations about crochet art. Two of the male crochet artists included in the book are Nathan Vincent and Jerry Bleem.
10. It’s just so inspirational. I really can’t highlight enough how inspiring I find this collection of crochet art. What people are doing with crochet is amazing! It makes me want to get my hooks out right now.
11. Gwen’s work really celebrates the community of crochet, not just the individual artists and in enjoying her book we are able to support that. Building, sharing and participating in the crochet community is something that Gwen excels at. Back in 2011 I quoted her as saying, “It is amazing how our strands of yarn bind us together as almost instant friends. There is something about the feel of yarn running through your fingers and the opportunity to share creativity that brings a group together.” And of course she’s the founder of the CGOA!
Enter this Crochet Art Book Giveaway
To enter this giveaway you can do any or all of the following social sharing actions. Each one is worth one entry in the giveaway.
- Post this giveaway on Facebook with a link back to this post. Suggested post text: “Gwen Blakley Kinsler’s book The Fine Art of Crochet looks like a good one. It’s filled with crochet artists and information about the history of crochet as an art form. I hope that I win it in this giveaway!” Please give the @mention to @CrochetKweenDesigns and @CrochetConcupiscence.
- Post this giveaway on G+ with a link back to this post. Same suggested post text as Facebook but of course you’re welcome to get creative with what you choose to say!
- Tweet the giveaway with link back to this post. Suggested Tweet: I want to win The Fine Art of Crochet by @crochetkween in the @crochetblogger giveaway!
- Pin the book’s cover to Pinterest, linking back to this post. Share in your description why you want to win!
- Or blog about the book on your own blog, linking back to this post and letting people know that they can visit the giveaway for their chance to win!
After you have completed at least one of the above options, you can get additional entries by doing any or all of the following. Each one is worth one entry in the giveaway.
- Like CrochetKweenDesigns on Facebook
- Like Crochet Concupiscence on Facebook
- Add Gwen to your G+ Circles
- Add Crochet Concupiscence to your G+ Circles
- Follow @crochetkween on Twitter
- Follow Crochet Concupiscence on Twitter
- Follow at least one Crochet Kween Pinterest board
- Follow at least one Crochet Concupiscence Pinterest board
- Add one of Gwen’s crochet patterns to your Ravelry queue
- Go to Gwen’s blog and enter your email address to follow the blog via email
When you have completed all of your entries, come back to this post and add a comment telling me the following:
- How many entries you get
- What the links are as proof of those entries (such as the URL to your Tweet)
- Why you want to win The Fine Art of Crochet!
Note: If you have any problems leaving a comment please just use the contact tab at the top of the page to email me your entry info. Occasionally people have trouble with my Livefyre comment system but I haven’t yet figured out when or why this is occurring.
Deadline: Comments must be entered by Thursday, September 12 at midnight PST. Giveaway is open to all.
Good luck! Or if you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway and need to get your hands on a copy now, The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists is available through Amazon.
All images in this post are reprinted with permission from The Fine Art of Crochet.