I caught up with Chris Kenna from Wellington and the 'Toerags' from Lower Hutt and we went to Tokyo Quilt Show. I first tried to go on the Saturday but after seeing the queues to get in, went off with my son to the Hakone area (near Mt Fuji) for the day. I finally got to the quilt show on Monday and it was amazing. Although the Japanese quilters are not so hot in the non-traditional 'art quilt' area and some of the machine quilting was pretty bad, the hand applique and hand quilting sections would blow us out of the water. Here are just a few that caught my eye. I'm doing a talk for Cotton On quilters in Wanganui on saturday so will add more photos as I get myself organised.
Above is 2nd place winner which was even more amazing in my opinion. Unbelievable points!It is by Emiko Yoshino
|I think this is based on Ainu decorative work. The Ainu are a tribe from Hokkaido.|
|This is made using a lot of antique indigo cottons|
|I think I like the detail even more|
|This looked like a prizewinner till you see the one that actually won!|
Centre of the Scherenschnitte quilt.
There were also a large number of amazing quilts from famous Japanese quilt makers who were invited to show their prizewinning quilts. The one below is called 'Nostalgia' and is by Tsuneko Shimura.