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Quilt Artistry: Inspired Designs from the East Hardcover – 1 Dec 2002
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"For aficionados of quilting, or those of artful handicrafts in general, this book will offer pleasure and inspiration." -- Publishers Weekly
"In her kingdom, ordinary quilt designs become sculptural, subtle works of transcendent loveliness." -- Joe Cunningham, author of Quilting with Style
"The serenity of the chosen textiles presented in such peaceful settings is amplified by her stunning workmanship and enchanting photography." -- Yvonne Porcella, founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates
"Yoshiko's work is a rarity even in the world of art-to-wear and its nonwearable textile art relatives: utterly unique." -- Dana De Zoysa, Curled Up with a Good Book
From the Author
For me, quilting and natural dyeing are complementary elements in the same act of transforming cloth.
The quilts that initially inspired me to begin quilting, and that continue to fascinate me, are antique Amish and Mennonite works. After I began quilting about thirty years ago, I traveled many times to Indonesia, eventually establishing my studio there, and at one point I encountered the Indonesian selendang, a striking traditional shawl that very much resembled the Amish quilts that I already loved.
I wondered what it was that these two forms had in common, since the selendang is not quilted or pieced, and then I realized that they both were dyed with natural dye. This drove home to me the power of dyeing cloth with natural materials.
Quilting, dyeing, and the combinations of textures in the cloth itself -- all are elements that alter the surface of cloth, adding shadows and shapes that reflect light in different ways, and creating a pleasing rhythm of alternating tension and relaxation.
In addition to natural dyeing, I have often made quilts from the extremely innovative synthetic materials made by Jun'ichi Arai, one of Japan's best-known textile designers. In any case, no matter what the material, what I am striving for is to bring out and add to the essential textures of the cloth, to create shadows and light, and to find a balance between minimalism and a sense of richness.
My work has always been a natural progression from one interest to the next -- one adventure or experiment after another -- and this book is basically a record of that adventure.
I have received so much inspiration from traditions that arose outside Japan -- primarily from the quilting of North America and also from Asian dyeing and weaving traditions. I hope that by publishing this introduction to my work in English I can give back to the quilting world a little bit of what I have received.See all Product description
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on 27 November 2009
This is a quilting book in a league of it's own. Superb finish and presentation. If you like the simple,natural, minimalist approach to quilting laced with outstanding technical skill and inspiration you will love and treasure this book.
on 4 January 2013
For me this book falls half way between two stools. On the one hand, it attempts to be a showcase of Jinzenji's work, on the other, it tries to be a project book when it really doesn't need to be. I would have prefered more inspiration and less instruction. Nevertheless Jinzenji's love of texture, and incredible flair for dyeing and manipulating fabric shines through; her love of stitch is also plain to see. Had the publisher (or whoever) decided to focus more on Jinzenji's work, rather than include projects (or at least put them in a separate section at the back of the book), Quilt Artistry would have felt less fragmented and been a real feast for the eyes. However, I would still recommend this book since the work included is inspirational and beautifully balanced, and I'm sure readers will find her subtelety and Eastern sensibility very appealing.
on 30 November 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
With all the hype over this textile artist I was expecting more. Having just ordered her latest book (not yet published) I hope the new one will give me what I am looking for in quilting art. This particular book certainly did not. The descriptions are not easy to follow and the photography of some items is not very good. There is very little to explain how this Japanese textile artist works or how she achieves the results she does. Some items are beautiful but there is so little guidance that attempting to learn her techniques is well nigh impossible; at least it was for me. Perhaps those more skilled than me will find it more enlightening but I can't say I've gained much from this book.
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