Friday, 20 January 2017

The 16th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2017 (Quilts by 'sensei')

This fantastic quilt show is now on at Tokyo Dome, a huge baseball arena here in Tokyo.

I will post tidbits from the show bit by bit.

Today I will show you work by some of the professional quilters, so called 'sensei'.

Plumeria by Yoshiko Kurihara 栗原淑子

To You by Yoko Sekita 関田陽子

Polish Pottery by Chieko Shiraishi 白石千恵子
Detail of the same quilt. Can you see all the crochet?

Be Happy by Megumi Mizuno 水野めぐみ
 Detail of the same quilt

 Field Sketch 'Cornflower' by Noriko Nozawa 野沢典子
 Detail of the same quilt

 Ainsley's Garden by Kazuyo Kanno 菅野和代

 Following the Sweet Scent by Harue Yumoto 湯本晴枝

Detail of the same quilt, fantastic variety in the quilted background.

 The Night Garden by Misaki Okabe 岡部美咲

 Rond of the Flowers by Chinami Terai 寺井ちなみ
 Detail of the same quilt, the bias tape is made from velveteen and the mimosa so fluffy.

In this section I and my two friends, Julie and Tanya, had some complaints:
1) the ghastly wallpaper with black and white leaves, a most unflattering background for most of the quilts,
2) the unfortunate lightning. Above the quilts were beams that cast ugly shadows over the quilts by the strong spotlights of the baseball field. The shadows are very obvious on the quilt above and the one with the cornflowers. So sad, because those quilt were both stunningly beautiful, but did not photograph well.

However, I have to take my hat off to the organizers of The festival for paying such attention to displaying quilts well in another section, by building scenes for some of the quilts.

Yoko Saito, who is famous for her taupe quilts, also has a love of Scandinavian design. In recent years she has made a series of quilts and quilted items in misty blue, and they were displayed like this:
A Swedish falu red house had been built.

Real trees and live flowers had been planted in the artificial grass of the baseball field. The perfume of the daffodils was almost overpowering!

In the dining room there was a set of antique furniture and real potted geraniums showing off the quilted table cloth, tea cozy, cushions, lampshade and the hooked rug.

More goodies from the show another day.


Linda Calverley said...

Some beautiful quilts, the close ups helped us to see the details which can be lost on a photo of the whole thing such as the one with the yellow flowers.

Janie said...

Thanks, Queenie, for sharing! How exciting and inspiring to see those lovely quilts.
I'm going to take some time to study them.

FlashinScissors said...

Gosh! That is a wonderful display of quilts!
It was a shame about the shadows and the wallpaper, but before I read your comment I thought the wallpaper set the quilts off quite well!
I've never seen a show where they build a building to show off the quilts ..... I'm amazed!
What beautiful work by Yoko Saito.
Thank you for sharing!
Barbara x

Queeniepatch said...

Many more fantastic quilts to be seen, with details, coming up.

Queeniepatch said...

I will post many more photos, from other sections of the quilt show.

Queeniepatch said...

The Japanese are good at making 'a setting' for displays. I will show you OZ later!

Susie said...

Fabulous post. Thank you for sharing. The detail in these designs is truly amazing.

Luda said...

Thank you, Queenie, from Patchworkklub Košice, Slovakia.

crazyQstitcher said...

It is so good to see more of the fabulous quilts that people make. The many hours involved in planning,let alone the intricate and intensive needlework needed to make each whole quilt, is amazing. I would love to see the wattle first hand. Your description whets the appetite.

margaret said...

some amazing quilts here, off to ny quilt group meeting today so will have to take my lap top to share your photos.

Julie Fukuda said...

You took the words right out of my mouth and your pictures are so much better than mine.
Oh, what a joy it was to spend the day with you and Tanya too.

Queeniepatch said...

A lot of attention has been put into these quilts.

Queeniepatch said...

You're welcome. More posts to come.

Queeniepatch said...

Also many of them are HANDmade! None of them is SMALL!

Queeniepatch said...

Next week you will have more quilts to show as I will post other photos.

Queeniepatch said...

It is ALWAYS a joy to spend time with you and Tanya. More photos tomorrow or next week. I now have the struggle of reading the kanji names!!! WHY can't they print out the labels in Roman letters?!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have never been to a quilt show, but I think the Tokoyo show must be the MOST amazing.

jacaranda said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilts, wish I was there. Did you all find your garden blocks you made and sent in?

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, and I will show and tell in a later post. There were a lot of amazing blocks.

Shasta Matova said...

These are so beautiful! They are experts indeed to make such intricate quilts. Thank you for sharing them with us. Lighting is a big issue at every quilt show. The wallpaper is indeed distracting.

Queeniepatch said...

Each and every 'sensei' have their own style so this section of the show you get a great variety of styles, technique and material.

Pamela said...

I loved seeing the Swedish house. There was such attention to detail, both inside and out.