With great excitement Maureen & I headed down to the Dome today to start our enjoyment of visiting the festival. And what a spectacle it is. We have decided to view all the quilt exhibits before we start on the retail outlets (good move, I think!). I would hazard a guess that there was 15,000 to 20,000 thousand visitors at the show today so waiting in line to get an opportunity to take photos was an act of patience. Whilst some of the quilts are not to my taste, the quality of workmanship is unquestionable, and the presentation of the quilts by the organisers very good.
The first of the exhibitions we saw is titled “Partnership Quilts”. The theme was inspired from a Yoko Saito pattern “Welcome to My House”. Japanese quilters were invited to make and send in a 15cm x 15cm block. The response was enormous; 10,142 blocks were received and made into 60 quilts, all of which are on display. After the festival the quilts will be raffled off for various charities. Here are just a few and some close up details for you to see.
The next exhibition is “Quilt Impressionism: An Encounter Between Quilting and Art”. Four of Japans leading quilters were invited to create quilts reflecting their interpretation of their favourite impressionist.
Reiko Washizawa chose Monet to bring to life the gardens at Monet’s home in Giverny.
Akane Sakamoto chose the self portrait and flowers of van Gogh.
With the help of some of her students they also created this sunflower garden. The detail in the flower heads were stunning.
Yoko Ueda’s depiction of the Renoir women was translated into photo quilts.
Kathy Nakajima chose Gauguin’s travels to Tahiti as her inspiration.
And finally we saw the work of Suzuka Koseki. Suzuko’s quilts are colourful and invoke a sense of fun. Here are a few of her quilts and a couple of close up shots as well.
We have only seen three of the eight special exhibitions and none of the general entries, so still a lot to see over the coming days.