Lovely Lutradur is a book that reveals how flexible and easy it is to use. The book was written by fiber artists, Marion Barnett and Dijanne Cevaal, and shows how the two artists approach the same material in completely different ways. The book offers step by step information about colouring and using Lutradur, as well as lots of projects which aim to inspire you to use this lovely cloth in a variety of different ways, and to experiment with it.
In the meantime, here's part of the introduction, explaining why Marion and Dijanne each love using Lutradur:
"Every textile artist has a dream material. When we compared notes, we found that we both wanted something similar, despite our differences in our approach to art. Dijanne's work is based on nature; Marion, on the other hand, works mainly in abstract. Dijanne is based in Australia, but was born in the Netherlands. Marion lives in England, but was born in Scotland. Our work does have some things in common; however, both of us use strong colours and are fascinated by texture and layer.
So what was it that we had in common when it came to cloth? This dream material should be as easy to work with as cotton, as transparent as silk organza, and have a sheen like silk. Oh, and it shouldn't fray, and should tolerate high temperatures. After a bit of searching, we have finally found our dream material - its name is Lutradur.
So, why Lutradur? Well, for Marion, it is the see-through nature of the cloth. The fibres are floated across each other in the manufacturing process, producing a material which is similar in texture to fibreglass, but without the problems of shedding, etc., that fibreglass has. Even the heaviest weight of Lutradur has this see through nature, and it produces wonderful layered effects in work, that could previously only be obtained by working with silk sheers, which are expensive and difficult to work with.
For Dijanne, the lure of Lutradur is the ability to colour with brilliant, light fast colour, and to control the application of colour. Transparency and layering are also important factors, as is the material's ability to "breathe" like natural materials. It has a seductive sheen and the texture, when worked upon, visually appears like felt, thereby adding richness. The material is remarkably sturdy and stable for sewing as Dijanne sews her work intensively by both machine and hand. The material's tolerance for high temperatures makes it ideal for such things as foiling and controlled melting. However, it is the intensity of colour and the play of colour achieved with layering that appeals to Dijanne's sense of colour and contrast."
If you are looking for inspiration on using Lutradur, then this book is for you.
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