The Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada

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About the author:
Ann has been making quilts for over 30 years and plans to make them for another 30. In the 70s Ann was making traditional-style quilts, and started dyeing fabric to get the best colors. She explored many approaches in order to find the correct dye recipes and develop ways to work that were home friendly. By the early 80s she was using only her own hand-dyed fabrics, perfecting dye painting with precision for whole cloth silk quilts. By the late 90s, Ann had learned many more dyeing and construction techniques and her work changed accordingly, as seen in her clear and colorful book The Quilter's Book of Design, Expanded 2nd Edition. She is also widely known for her books, workshops, and DVD about fabric dyeing, Color By Accident: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing, Color By Design: Paint and Print with Dye, and Color By Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing. Her collectors respect her viewpoint and her students admire her generosity and skill in teaching what she knows. For more information visit

The Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada

Authored by Ann Johnston

The range of mountains in California called the Sierra Nevada is a place of power and fascination for many people who have experienced it. In geology, the word "contact" refers to a place where geologic units touch each other. The word also conjures a human connections and influence on the landscape. Ann's series of quilts explores the sunlit white granite peaks as well as the dark mines and machinery of the California Gold Rush of which she is a descendant. "The Contact" is comprised so far of 14 quilts, all seven feet tall, of various widths. This book shows each piece overall and in detail, with her concise text about her relationship to the place and her understanding of its geology and history. It also documents some of the processes involved in creating these pieces: fabric dyeing, construction techniques and sewing.

Ann uses a broad array of literal, abstract, and purely imaginative imagery and envisions the quilts viewed all at once, as one body of work. These quilts are currently being exhibited in the United States and internationally at the same time as she continues making more.

Publication Date:
0965677656 / 9780965677653
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Art / Individual Artists / General

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