Finding Your Own Visual Language • Benn, Dunnewold & Morgan

A transatlantic collaboration between Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan, the third book in the Committed to Cloth series aims to help those who are seeking a surer artistic voice by providing practical exercises and guidance on different ways forward.


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A Practical Guide to Design and Composition

The book is divided into four key sections:
  • How to Get Started: whether you’re full of ideas or running on empty, how do you begin the process of designing?
  • How to Move Forward: getting to grips with the principles, tools and language of design, plus strategies to solve design problems.
  • How’s it Going: everyone gets stuck now and then. Here we offer a strategy to evaluate the problem, contemplate the solutions and make the needed changes to get going again.
  • Going Deeper: exercises to do when you’re seeking to make your work purposeful, or seeking to push through to a deeper place.
Both an inspirational and ‘how to’ book, the 64 pages work hard to act as a guide to accompany artists on their journey. Each exercise is clear, written in Plain English and well illustrated with over 130 photographs and examples. We feel it’s user-friendly enough to encourage beginners to get started and help more experienced artists to re-focus.
Spiralbound, 64 pages + 131 colour images ISBN 978-0-9551649-2-7

Claire discusses the language of her work in this short description of one of her textile art works. The meditative and contemplative qualities of stitching provide the opportunity for an inner dialogue with her work, while the finished piece speaks to the viewer in a calming and articulate manner.