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Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery from Suzhou and the Photography of Robert Glenn Ketchum (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Textile Series) ePub download

by Patrick Dowdey,Meifan Zhang,Jo Q. Hill

  • Author: Patrick Dowdey,Meifan Zhang,Jo Q. Hill
  • ISBN: 0930741706
  • ISBN13: 978-0930741709
  • ePub: 1849 kb | FB2: 1967 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Publisher: Univ of California Museum of (April 1, 1999)
  • Pages: 171
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery from Suzhou and the Photography of Robert Glenn Ketchum (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Textile Series) ePub download

In 1986 the photographer paid the first of many visits to Suzhou and, after intensive negotiations, initiated a highly successful collaboration that continues today.

In 1986 the photographer paid the first of many visits to Suzhou and, after intensive negotiations, initiated a highly successful collaboration that continues today.

After reading a detailed history of early Chinese embroidery by expert Meifang, Dowdey takes over with more recent embroidery and the importance of SERI

After reading a detailed history of early Chinese embroidery by expert Meifang, Dowdey takes over with more recent embroidery and the importance of SERI.

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Foresta, Merry . and Stephen Jay Gould, and Karal Ann Marling, "Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography", National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY, 1991

Robert Glenn Ketchum (b. 1947); Can’t See the Trees for the Forest; 2004; Random-stitch embroidery; silk . RGK Book, 'Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery From Suzhou'. RGK Book, 'The Tongass: Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest'

Robert Glenn Ketchum (b. 1947); Can’t See the Trees for the Forest; 2004; Random-stitch embroidery; silk thread, and watercolor on silk gauze; Collection of Michelle Lund; Photograph by Steven Watson. Over the next twelve years, Robert and Meifang explored the ways that embroidery could express what Robert captured in his photographs. Pieces got bigger and the exploration of color and texture yielded remarkable works. RGK Book, 'The Tongass: Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest'. RGK Book, 'The Hudson River & the Highlands'.

This presentation illustrates the materials and techniques of the fabrication of these complex, highly detailed embroideries showing the images of the natural world - images captured on film by Ketchum but executed in silk stitchery by the embroiderers of Suzhou. and Stephen Jay Gould, and Karal Ann Marling, "Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography", National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY, 1991

For 45-years Robert Glenn Ketchum's imagery and books have helped to define .

For 45-years Robert Glenn Ketchum's imagery and books have helped to define contemporary color photography while at the same time addressing critical national environmental issues. These are extremely complex textiles that take years in their creation and they are an astonishing fusion of contemporary technology and historic (2,500 years of tradition) craft. Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery From Suzhou and the Photography of Robert Glenn Ketchum; UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, CA, 1999. Regarding the Land: Robert Glenn Ketchum and the Legacy of Eliot Porter, Amon Carter Museum, TX, 2006.

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Ka
I don't know why all the reviews here have at least 1 unhelpful vote (well, except the misguided negative review) because the praise is all well-deserved. Just in gorgeous illustration, this book is worth it. But with the accompanying text...man...this is a stunner. Editor Patrick Dowdey interrupted his work on his doctorate to research this marriage between photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum's glorious paintings and the embroideries copying same by the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute (SERI). Dr. Dowdey edits the book whose Table of Contents is as follows:

Forewords, Acknowledgments, Notes to the Reader
"Introduction" by Zhang Meifang (the head of SERI)
"But Will It Still Be Beautiful?" by Patrick Dowdey
"In Pursuit of Texture" by Robert Glenn Ketchum (the photographer)
"Technical Aspects of Suzhou Embroidery" by Jo Q. Hill (the museum's director of conservation)
Catalog
Notes to the Text, Glossary, References Cited.

This book is not the ordinary museum catalog. The first thing you read in Doran H. Ross's Foreword is the bizarre way in which this collection was created. Ross is the Director of the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History which houses the embroideries--truly "threads of light." Ross points out that we all know the great works of art in the world mostly from photography: who gets to visit the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan, France's Louvre, Greece, Russia's Hermitage, the Vatican, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum...and every other great museum in the world? No, I know what the Mona Lisa looks like from photos of it. So photography is often the exclusive vehicle to view art. Certainly, photography is art in its own right. But Ketchum turned art on its head when he directed that his masterful nature photos be reproduced in Chinese embroidery!! Beginning in 1985, Ketchum embarked on this enormous project literally to make his legacy. His body of photography was already highly regarded in the art world...but to recreate so much of it in glorious embroidery puts it over the top.

After reading a detailed history of early Chinese embroidery by expert Meifang, Dowdey takes over with more recent embroidery and the importance of SERI. Suzhou is an ancient Chinese city renowned for its beautiful traditions in art. It's charming to read of how the Random Stitch Embroidery Research Studio in SERI was developed to teach the embroiderers about Western art, photography and how to design the embroideries based on the photographs. Photos of Suzhou, of SERI, of the studio, of the embroiderers and of the process let you feel you really understand the works themselves.

On page 84, you see Ketchum's photo, "The Coat of Many Colors" which is a beautiful landscape, a steep hillside with lovely foliage and dramatic color and shadows. On page 85, you're treated with the exact image done in embroidery. Truly remarkable. As you pore through the Catalog beginning on page 106, you have to pay careful attention to which illustrations are photos and which are embroideries. And--how weird: there is a beautiful drawing of an emperor's progress made in 1689. In 1990, SERI reproduced it with "Suzhou fine embroidery. Human hair and paint on silk." The 5 embroiderers are listed.

In the catalog, 7 of the right-hand pages are foldouts: usually a detailed close-up of the embroidery is on the page and then you unfold it to see the entire work over two pages. Just marvelous.

I hope I have given you some extra detail as to what this book is all about and why you want to buy it...you really want to buy it. I have some of the References cited and they might interest you as well:

The Art of Oriental Embroidery: History, Aesthetics, and Techniques
Embroidery of Imperial China: [exhibition] March 17-May 28, 1978, China House Gallery, China Institute in America
The Bantam Step-By-Step Needle Craft
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEEDLEWORK (amazing mistake of name: "Theodore" instead of "Thérèse" de Dillmont...although her name is often abbreviated: "Th.")
The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Techniques
Embroidered Textiles: A World Guide to Traditional Patterns
Art of the Embroiderer
Chinese Embroidery
Chinese Dress (Far Eastern Series)
Ynneig
I'm not all that interested in embroidery, but I enjoy visual excitement. One day while gallery hopping, we came upon a small portion of the work depicted in this book. We were both blown away by the work! Absolutely amazing. I would really like some posters of this work.
For those interested in the embroidery details, it is done with fine silk threads, hand dyed, on various fine fabrics, some of which are so fine you can see through them. Much of the interesting texture and effect is from what they call random stitch embroidery, in which the scenes are depicted by various colored stitches .5 cm (1/4 inch) long running in various random directions, yet they all come together to make the image. Other parts of the images are done by carefully controlled stitch direction to give crisp images. They pick up the light and are quite luminous, some are displayed as screens with light coming from behind. Only the enlargements in the book give a sense of the beauty and amazing technique of the actual pieces.
Oh, and the book is good too. Definitely a 5 star quality coverage of the work, with background information, as described in other reviews. But the work itself is beyond 5 stars. (In the gallery they were priced around the $10,000-$150,000 range, some took several years to complete.)
Fearlessrunner
This is a beautiful book about an astonishing and vanishing craftsmanship of exquisite beauty. I had the privilege of seeing examples of these silk embroidery "paintings" in a gallery in Carmel, CA. If you can't go there, this is the next best experience!
Makaitist
This was a gift, She loved it!!
Steep
Large book with absolutely stunning works, love the format (some pages unfold to reveal an enlarged fragment of embroidery with visible stitches), multiple photographs of Chinese embroiderers at work and Suzhou, interesting read. I wish there were more photographs of completed masterpieces and those in progress and more enlarged fragments. I would love to go to Suzhou some day but it is not going to happen any time soon, so I am glad I found the book that gave me a peek.
Darksinger
I bought this book, sight unseen purely from the rave reviews listed. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with the book. Firstly, Robert Glenn Ketchum's photographs are very average. In fact any 15 year old with a good camera and decent eye could take photo's of this quality. The thing that redeems them is the skill of the needleworkers. Secondly, I just think the book is overated. There's several western needlework books that cover this type of embroidery and have better images in my opinion so I just don't understand the rave. An interesting read, but..........yeah. I wouldn't have paid this much if I'd been able to flick through it first.
Flas
This book is filled with beautiful photographs of some of the most jaw-dropping embroidery on the planet. No other country comes close to achieving the level of quality and artistry that the Chinese have been able to do in embroidery. Being a UCLA Fowler Museum publication, this is not a book that is easily found in stores. Thanks goodness for Amazon for making this gem of a book available, so that embroidery does not become a lost art a decade from now.
Words cannot even begin to describe the beauty of the works of art contained in this book. If you only ever buy one book in your life to just look at the pictures let it be this one. I could sit entranced by this embroidery for hours. I agree with another reviewer who stated that you can't conceive of this art being created by human hands. If you need proof simply look at the cover. That is not a photograph folks, it is embroidered.
The photographs are also quite beatiful. Consider as you look at them that the photo's are trying to capture texture...something very elusive in that medium. In many cases you can barely tell the photo from the embroidery and in others the embroidery is an interpretation of the photo.
I cannot state this enough... this book is truly, truly extraordinary and I don't think that there is anything else like it out there.
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