Sunday, 10 February 2008

Japanese Quilts for Quiltfest

Quiltfest is now open for all of Feburary 2008, at the gallery at the Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, where "Kimono Dreams" was hung in January. It includes two quilts from Japan (left above) by Reiko Domon (left) and Chie Ikeda.

Reiko's quilt "Sora ni Asobu Tennyo" (Angels Playing above the Clouds - first picture) was inspired by the ceiling at the Nikko Toshogu shrine. She combined vintage Japanese kimono fabrics (including kuro tomesode fabrics) with Yuza sashiko, patchwork and applique.
Chie's quilt, using Shonai sashiko with patchwork and quilting, was made for the inaugural Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham, UK in 2003.
They are two very interesting quilts, showing how Yuza and Shonai sashiko - stitch techniques associated with farmer's work clothes - can be combined with patchwork and quilting in a new way.
Both quilts were exhibited at the recent Tokushima Prefectural craft exhibition, where they were both awarded prizes.

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