Tomie Nagano is a Japanese quilter who works with indigo fabrics. She uses old antique fabrics that she collects. I thought it would be a bit like the work of Shizuko Kuroha but, though I can hardly explain it, her work looks different to me... not very different but it has a personality of its own.
It may be due to the artist herself. I discovered a person who speaks English, who is lively and enthusiastic. I felt this kind of energy in the quilts rather than the peacefulness I felt in the quilts of Shizuko Kuroha.
Look carefully at the photo above. You will see close-up photos below, and I will show you a piece of fabric which wa unusual in such a piece.
Not only is the work amazing but the quilting is really impressive too! Another great opportunity for me to study the different quilting patterns used.
A surprising use of yellow and orange for a striking effect.
Back to the first quilt presented in this blog post. The log cabin block is completely de-structured.
Can you see the teeny-tiny yellow heart of the block?
I told you there was a surprising piece of fabric in the quilt of the first photo. Here it is!! I wonder who has noticed it?
Here it is again. Can you spot it? How I would have loved to know the reason why she put this piece of fabric there! I am sure she did it on purpose... But this will remain a mystery.
And now a grandmother's flower garden... the Japanese way...
Log cabin blocks again... love the effect!
The handquilting adds so much to the texture of these quilts. I am always in awe when I see such amazing quilts, but it requires a shift of mind from my western perspective to really appreciate these quilts. Japanese quilting is different though they use the same blocks and are inspired by western quilting.
Until next post,