Reviews of Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer

Winner of a 2014 IPPY Award and Finalist in Nonfiction, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Literary Awards

the beauty of the tents and fabric structures is simply breathtaking…the book as a whole creates and exciting, transcendent aesthetic and intellectual experience for the reader-viewer, it creates lives and art all at once.
— Sena Jeter Naslund (author of Ahab's Wife, Abundance, Adam and Eve)
…[Marilyn Moss] has done a superb job, from the wonderful array of images documenting the evolution of Moss designs to the narrative that carries us through decades of ups and downs in the world of fabric shelter construction…The renowned designer Jack Lenor Larsen once called Moss “a true genius, not well enough known or credited.” This book goes a long way toward giving the shaggy-haired mustachioed man the recognition he deserves as one of the visionary architects of the 20th century.
— Carl Little (art historian and poet)
Bill Moss: Fabric Artist and Designer is a beautiful publication that portrays Moss’ innovative concepts for portable structures and celebrates his illustrious life and career.
— Paul Smith (director emeritus of what is now the Museum of Art & Design in New York)
I’ve known about Bill Moss, his amazing designs—and Marilyn—for a long time. As an ardent backpacker early in life I had the benefit of his vision and the wonderful lightweight tents—and I remember when the Moss brand on a tent was a sign of “made in Maine” and a spectacular look, feel and function. Perhaps even earlier, as a teenager on North Haven, I witnessed their mystery and genius when we snuck down (in the “off season”) to take a peek at the O’Domes—the amazing creations tucked in the woods behind Marilyn’s house. Then along the way I got to know the award-winning Maine companies—and Marilyn the phenomenal entrepreneur—along with her wonderful reputation of taking good care of their workers and creating jobs for over 150 Maine people by being truly socially responsible and engaging in the creative economy long before most people used the terms. Thank goodness Marilyn unpacked all the stored memories and turned them into a beautiful and inspiring book by adding her own personal stories, many wonderful photos, the history of the brilliant and visionary man and the wonderful work they did together.
— Chellie Pingree (U.S. Congresswoman)
…what an accomplishment!! The format is beautifully designed, the color is compelling and the contents are exactly what you intended, a generous overview of his life, his life’s work, and a caring reflection by so many of the individuals that worked and lived with him…
— Gerhardt Knodel (fiber artist, director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1995-2007)
Bill Moss: Fabric Artist and Designer is one of the great American stories rooted in the postwar 50’s whose triumphs inspire people from all around the world to a free-spirited, ingenious and eco-savvy way of living and working. In Moss’ example, it’s about bringing beauty and innovative technology to the lightweight shelters that populate our lifestyle and environment. The creativity and drive of one individual, Bill Moss, supported by his wife and partner, Marilyn, and a small group of very talented followers, challenged corporate America to make better shelter products by example. Ultimately, through the widespread popularity and sales of its artistic tents and shelters, Moss Inc became a part of corporate America—an exemplary one.
— Todd Dalland (a friend of Bill's and admirer of his work, is also a tent designer and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects)
From the early pages I felt old memories being refreshed and new stories come to life! …throughout, there was always—Bill…Your book not only brings his life together for those, like me, who shared only small moments, but it shows the talent of Bill Moss throughout his life…And Marilyn, your writing is always a warm narrative. You picked those great occasions and told them from the high road! We owe you our gratitude and appreciation for preserving so much of Bill!
— John Bell (former president of John Boyle & Co.)
Your book is a masterpiece. Every page is so carefully and beautifully laid out. We learn so much while being delighted sat each turn of the page. You must be very pleased to have gathered a remarkable history into a stunning tribute.
— Eleanor Poe Barlow (head of upper school and director of curriculum, St. Peter's School)
Featuring full-color photography (and a handful of vintage black-and-white photographs) on almost every page, Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer is a coffee table book showcase of the life’s work of Bill Moss, fabric architect extraordinaire and inventor of the Pop tent. His company of Moss, Inc. earned a reputation for being socially responsible well before it was trendy to do so, and his unique touch inspired successive generations of artists. “‘Bill held weekly classes for apprentices in a structure called the Optimum... In the first class each apprentice was given a 2-foot square of muslin and was told to cut a curve in each side. With four small stakes and some string the student was to create a freestanding structure. A high wind that night tested all the structures. The next morning showed which ones had been tensioned correctly to withstand the blow.’” A superb addition to artbook collections specializing in architectural or three-dimensional media, Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer is a delight to browse, and highly recommended.
— Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch
“This is a stunningly beautiful book, both in its contents and design...The most striking part of the book is in the photographs of Bill Moss’s fabric designs...It’s the photography that dominates the book, but the elegant writing never detracts.”
— Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards