Sunday, September 28, 2008

ABCs: The Alphabet Atlas

Here is an alphabet book that sounds like it will appeal to geography fanatics, but really, it is most appropriate for quilters. In The Alphabet Atlas, 26 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe, are depicted in quilts, and when possible, those quilts are made from fabrics and textiles native to that country. The colors of the quilts are representative of the individual countries, and each quilt incorporates motifs that reflect the local history and culture. A short, factual sentence about each country accompanies the quilts.

C is for Canada.

I is for India.
The end papers are a photograph of a quilt of the world, the title page is a photograph of a quilt of the universe, and the cover is a photograph of a quilt of a globe.
I quibble with the title The Alphabet Atlas because nowhere in the book does it show where exactly in the world these countries are, but the authors do include a URL where that information can be found.
The quilts, however, are gorgeously rendered and very inspirational to fabric artists.
The Alphabet Atlas, by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Adrienne Yorinks, lettered by Jeanyee Wong. Published 1999 by Winslow Press.

1 comment:

Tricia said...

What a coincidence - I just finished some "artist trading cards" with an alphabet / country theme (A through E done, the rest yet to come). I tried to incorporate traditional textiles or patterns. I'm going to look for this at the library for more inspiration!