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Gloria Loughman is a world-renowned quilt artist who has received key awards for her work in several countries. She's in top demand as a teacher and she also curates and judges major quilt exhibitions. Gloria lives in Australia.
Loughman tiles while others toil. Tiles, in geometric shapes cut from fabric, are to the quilter what tesserae are to mosaicists. The tiles add background and movement, color and light. Loughman echoes elements of impressionist and pointillist art by manipulating light on quilts as Cezanne and Seurat did with small brush strokes on canvas. "Tiling large areas of your quilts," she writes, "allows you, in some ways, to follow in these master painters' footsteps." By playing with light and color, she designs additional dimensions to quilted landscapes, thereby creating smashing results. Her instruction book does not begin with the tiles, however: she starts with design; teaches color and value and hue; and considers fabric selection, including a chapter on customizing fabric through dyeing and painting. After explaining how to make, place, and stitch down the tiles, Loughman works through construction of four landscape projects. These projects are sophisticated, certainly more dramatic than her writing, which borders on the banal. Loughman's book is made more beautiful to look at by her husband's vacation photography. Publishers Weekly, 12/3/12 Bestselling author Gloria Loughman is back with more innovative techniques in her latest book. Gloria encourages readers to pay attention to light as she evokes the spirits of impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir. In this technique-based book, Gloria maps out the process of designing, selecting fabrics, using her tiling method for intriguing backgrounds, and adding foregrounds. Along the way she also provides guidance and examples for choosing inspiration for quilts, understanding color and composition, and dyeing unique fabrics. Not ready to design your own quilt yet? At the end of the book, Gloria provides patterns for four diverse quilts that will get you comfortable with her techniques and inspire you to move on to your own unique projects later. The lush and inspirational photography and diagrams will have you rushing to your stash or local quilt shop for nature-inspired fabrics to make your own 'radiant landscapes.' Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2013 What: Author Gloria Loughman follows the lead of Pointillism and impressionist painters and uses small pieces of fabric to form a whole image in Radiant Landscapes. Why: Learn about choosing color schemes, looking at light, and selecting fabrics. Then arrange and fuse tiles to serve as background scenery or foreground accents to achieve realistic or abstract scenes. American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2013 Edition; Mosaic Marvels In her search to add the illusive element of natural light to her art quilts, Gloria studied the great artists of the Impressionist period. her tiled backgrounds invoke the works of that art movement, and infuse her landscapes with a sense of light that provides both illumination and movement. She generously shares the methods and techniques she uses to capture this quality of light in her stunning quilts, and four tiled background projects are included. Machine Quilting Unlimited, 5/1/13 With her inspiring projects, Gloria shows you how to bring light into your quilts to set a mood. You will learn how to create your own landscape quilt with her easy techniques: fusible tiling, invisible machine applique, free-motion stitching, fabric dyeing and painting. Gloria's mosaic tile process helps you to capture the essence of natural light with your fabric selection. Gloria also reviews basic design principles. Quilter's Digest, May 2013 This is not just another book on mosaic background effects, this is THE book! Once we see the name Gloria Loughman then our expectation immediately rises and once again we are not disappointed because, through this guide, we can learn to capture the essence of natural light and add drama to landscape applique. There are instructions on basic design principles and exploring a variety of stitching, dyeing and painting techniques for quilts, making this a fusion of fabric, texture and design just waiting to be embraced and I for one cannot wait to explore. Fabrications Quilting For You, June/July 2013 Gloria is back with another lesson to create stunning landscape quilts. This time her focus is on light. Let Gloria show you how to bring light into your quilt to create mood and evoke emotion. Detailed are many of the techniques she uses in her own award-winning quilts including invisible machine applique, free-motion stitching and fusible tiling, plus fabric dyeing and painting. Allow Gloria to guide you as to the principles of perspective, composition and colour and, in turn, create amazing depth in your landscape quilts. The book contains four inspiring projects to hone your skills on before embarking on your own unique creation. Australian Quilters Companion, Summer 2013 Inspired by the Impressionist Masters it is not a wonder that the quilts in Gloria's book are breathtaking. Gloria covers design elements, colour, and inspiration. She takes the reader through her process from fabric dying to her mosaic tile process. She rounds out the book with four projects you can make using her techniques; although, with her book as a guide, you may be so motivated you might want to try your own design. Gloria's book is filled with tons of photographs, some that are very inspiring as well as those that demonstrate her techniques and inspirations. This book is bound (no pun intended) to appeal to the fibre artist who wants to create a masterpiece of their own. The Canadian Quilter Magazine, Summer 2013