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New Book Celebrates a World of Textiles for Home Decor

New Book Celebrates a World of Textiles for Home Decor

Introduces GLOBAL EXPRESSIONS, the new follow-up release by Lisa Shepard, author of AFRICAN ACCENTS. Global Expressions offers do-it-yourself decorators a variety of world textiles, complete with cultural backgrounds and easy, practical ideas for using them.

(PRWEB) January 15, 2002

"Global Expressions" - Book Celebrates A World of Textiles for Home Decorating

If you enjoy eclectic home decor and like to explore new cultures and the arts they produce, you? re sure to be inspired by Global Expressions: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World. Throughout the book, author Lisa Shepard takes us on a? textile tour? of nine distinct regions of the world, explaining creative fabric techniques from each region. In addition, readers get an understanding of the people that make the fabrics, how the fabrics are used, and other interesting cultural insights. Sashiko quilting from Japan, Mola appliqué from Panama, and Nigerian adire tie-dye are just a few of the featured fabrics.

The book gives readers instructions for recreating most of the fabrics, plus step-by-step instructions for practical home decor accessories. Resource listings make it easy to locate authentic fabrics, craft supplies, and information for further study and enjoyment of the textile arts. Traceable designs are also included for recreating one? s own versions of the fabrics.

Today more than ever, increased international travel and cross-continent relocation, the Internet and fast-paced communications systems enable us to learn about, and borrow from, any other region of the world with ease, even as armchair tourists. ?It? s exciting to think of the possibilities for personalizing these experiences, by bringing globally diverse artifacts directly into our living spaces,? says Shepard.

All of this exposure brings us an ever-growing pool of cross-cultural resources, giving rise to an entirely new category in home decor she refers to as? global eclectic.? This blending and integration of different influences is highly individualized because you? re not depending on one particular style. Instead, each piece is deliberately chosen for what it contributes to the whole look? its colors, patterns, textures, fibers, symbolism and other design elements.

Lisa Shepard is also the author of African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home, published in 1999. African Accents, her first book, won the 2001 Craftrends Award of Excellence. She is the craft columnist for the Newark, NJ Star Ledger newspaper and an industry consultant. In addition, she travels to promote her books through expos, classes and special events. For more information, visit www. CulturedExpressions. com or email lisa@CulturedExpressions. com