In addition to the book's visual splendor, its text is refreshingly intelligent, informed and witty: "In modernist art, abstraction, at first controversial to the point of scandal, still retains an aura of difficulty, or, at least, of intellectual weightiness - unless it reaches the point where people write it off as 'merely decorative.' In fabric patterns, abstraction has been around forever and is an entirely comfortable presence. The textile designer knows that abstraction is inherently, shamelessly decorative."
Meller and Elffer's most important theme, one that is continually explored is the "recycling wheel, which sets the motifs of textile designs on a circular road of eternal return." The authors maintain that all designs have a precedent and their moment of popularity before returning to obscurity, only to be rediscovered and reintroduced. The cycles may be short or long, but motifs always return. As with the atoms of our earth, continually recombining into new compounds, nothing is new - and everything is new...To the artist working with decorative motifs, the "recycling wheel" is, quite simply, the way one thinks and works. I would add that I own few books that have offered me so many hours of pleasure."
Causes Susan Meller Supports
UAN (United Animal Nations), BCI (Bat Conservation International)