Textiles: The Art of Mankind, Mary Shoeser
1,058 color illustrations
Thames & Hudson Publishers 2012
Contemporary and historic data correspond cleverly to the way the book has been arranged in six chapters: “Impact”, “Ingredients”, “Structure”, “Surface”, “Added Dimensions”, and “Imagery”, each chapter accompanied by a wealth of gorgeous color plates. It is important to note that the book is not presented in a chronological manner. Contemporary textiles and historic textiles appear together to highlight similar skills and themes, whether made by hand or by machine. This is a wonderful approach that brings a whole world view of textile arts that illustrates the complete human experience, and shows how different cultures and needs have influenced each other. The approach makes surface pattern designers like us appreciate our roots in the spectrum of textile arts.
Overall, “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” is an informational and visual treat, a must have for anyone interested in the development of textile arts throughout human history. This book is a joyful, inspiring read and candy for the eyes.
-Jennifer Holbrook and Ben Corrales