Sam Brewster was an inspired choice of illustrator for Quilt Me! (thank you, Amy). Sam creates imaginative and clever maps that remind me both of geography lessons at primary school a long time ago, and of Soviet illustrated children's books also of a certain era. They tell me all I need to know about a place, and make me smile.
My quilts are like maps, in a way, in that they cover a set space and guide your eye instead of your feet, but there the similarities end because they have many repeats and big areas of pattern and none of the pictorial quality of Sam's maps. And yet he managed to turn what is actually a very plain, workaday requirement - to show how a quilt looks when flat so that you can see and follow how to make it - into lovely examples of illustrative art.
I'm so used to seeing my own quilts that it's Sam's work that strikes me when I look at the book and they, in turn, make me look at the real quilts with a fresh eye.
All photos by Sam Brewster.
(Sam also created the Yarnstorm Press logo. He's a real whizz to work with.)