Through Our Hands Portfolio review -

Through Our Hands Portfolio review

Through Our Hands Portfolio review

Through our Hands Portfolio is a well laid out, full colour soft back book which provides the reader with a snapshot of the textile world as it is today. The publication is an extension of the online magazine Through Our Hands, which was born out of one woman’s desire to stage an exhibition of textiles by leading makers.
It is now a collaboration between founder Annabel Rainbow and Laura Kemshall, both of whom are well known for their art quilts. Among the the carefully selected international affiliate artists in this exhibiting group there are many who will be familiar to those interested in quilting; however, the group is very diverse and also includes artists working in embroidery, mixed media, and installation.

Jette Clover: Reflection

Jette Clover: Reflection

What’s in the book – Chapter by Chapter

The book begins with an interesting and informative foreword by Maggie Grey, a renowned teacher and former editor of Embroidery magazine. Maggie is the author of many books and is now editor of the online magazine Workshop on the Web.

The introduction tells us how and why the artists were selected to be part of Through Our Hands Portfolio and outlines the vision of its founders and the ethos of the group.

Both Annabel Rainbow and Laura Kemshall have 4 page spreads with some great detail shots of their work and an artist’s statement. Then follows a double page spread for each of the 27 artists in the group including a personal statement which gives some insight into why their work was made.

Bethan Ash: Greetings

Bethan Ash: Greetings

The artists represented in the book are : Deirdre Adams, Bethan Ash, Genevieve Attinger, Els Van Baarle, Linda Barlow, Elizabeth Barton, Sue Benner, Ester Bornemisza, Bobby Britnell, Dianne Cevaal, Jette Clover, Linda Colsh, Jenni Dutton, Michala Gyetvai, Sara Impey, Laura Kemshall, Linda Kemshall, Alicia Merrett, Sandra Meech, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Susan Lenz, Olga Prins Lukowski, Annabel Rainbow, Clare Smith, Sue Stone, Bente Vold Klausen, Jeanne Williamson.

Towards the end of the book there are additional features written by artists Michala Gyvtvai, Sara Impey, Sue Stone, and Alicia Merrett which take a more in depth look at the fundamental principles and processes behind their work.

Susan Lenz: Keys

Susan Lenz: Keys

Who is it for?

Quilters will for sure be interested in this book, but there is so much more than quilting within its pages; it would make a fantastic gift for anyone interested in contemporary textile practice. There are lots of close up details, always good to see in a book about textiles, so it makes a great reference book for anyone with an interest in textile techniques and it’s very good value to boot at just £10 .

Product details

  • Glossy cover : 78 pages with full colour plates
  • Published by :Through Our Hands
  • Price : £10

Take a look at the book Through Our Hands Portfolio in more detail.

Take a look at the online magazine Through Our Hands.

If you like Through Our Hands Portfolio, you may also be interested in the book Textiles Re:Imagined – check it out here!

Wednesday 08th, July 2020 / 08:31

About the author

Joseph Pitcher is the son of textile artist Sue Stone. He is an actor and voice-over artist and has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, West End theatres and several other leading regional venues across the UK. Find Joe on Google

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