January 31, 2015

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015: The Iconoclasts

It's always exciting when you see people take a long-established craft and reinterpret in bold and exciting ways. The following are some of my favorite's from this year's festival.

I recognized this quilter's work in an instant. (Scroll down to the bottom of this page.) She certainly has a flair for storytelling, and injecting humor into her work.

 Spot all of the Gallic references!

 Pushing the definition of "quilt" to the hilt.

 These artists could work for couture houses!

 The text above is a sutra.

 Perhaps my favorite: a quilt made up of hobo symbols.

 The tongue-in-cheek humor, in addition to the truly original concept, made this one a favorite too.

This swordfish isn't caught in the trawling net! He's gotten away!

 Hundreds and hundreds of gulls.

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015: The Beautiful Works You Come to Expect

It says something about the level of talent among the participants that the following quilts, as painstakingly designed and sewn as they are, seem somewhat derivative. (Compare last year's photos.)

This was cute: an homage to different types of cocktails.

 As mindblowing as this looks, it is an oft-repeated idea.

Initially minimalist yet quite detailed.

 This was a tribute to Anne Shirley, from the Anne of Green Gables series.

 The inevitable Frozen quilt.

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2015: Close-ups

This one was made by a group of schoolkids in junior high.

Closeup of the snowflake quilt.