Friday, 7 November 2014

Yokohama Quilt Festival - Part 1

About an hour away from our flat is Yokohama, home to the largest Chinatown outside China, or so I am told. I have blogged about that before, but on this visit I was there for the 2014 Yokohama Quilt Show. 329 photos later...

It was a biggy, and the whole arena was dominated by these four huge quilts suspended from the high ceiling.
Hanging Quilts from Below
Quilts which, bizarrely, I don't seem to have a photo of from the front. Trust me - they were big and impressive. As you came in you were head on with a Kaffe Fassett exhibition with the rest of the exhibits to left and right and then the shopping area at the back behind all that - the same arrangement as at the NEC quilt show in the UK each year. As I walked in I heard a man's voice speaking english and who should it be but Kaffe himself giving an opening address.
Kaffe Fassett
I looked at his quilts but was straight away struck by two things.
1. No one else can afford to use this much Kaffe Fassett fabric.
2. These quilts are pretty insipid.
Compared to what modern quilt designers are doing, his designs are purely a vehicle to sell his fabric, which works best in large plain pieces. But hey, that's his thing so good luck to him. There are some pictures at the beginning of my Flickr set if you want to see them.

The exhibition was in sections, with many showing "no photography" signs which was a real shame. However, as you can judge from all the photos I took, there were plenty without this label! To start - a selection of garments and bags. Sadly these were all labelled in Japanese so I can't attribute them properly.
Detail of Sashiko Stitched Jacket
Patchwork and quilted jacket
Patchwork Handbag
Patchwork Handbags
Then Pictorial Quilts. I loved this first one because of endlessly reading the book "Moo Baa La La La" to my niece. The phrase "No No, you say, that isn't right!" is forever suck in my mind. I have been able to attribute these so click on them for more info.
MOO MOO BAA by Junko Ohta
And then next to that one - jaw drop.
Duck Face by Hiroko and Masanobu Miyama
Why this quilt is called "Duck Face" I can't think! Lost in translation I guess. The detail was amazing.
Detail from Duck Face by Hiroko and Masanobu Miyama
Dragonfly by Takami Kashiwabara
British Quilt by Reiko Enomoto
Cheeky little British one there, by a Japanese quilter. Then I moved on to one of my favourite sections - "Japanese Quilts". I am not sure how the sections were defined but these are all what I would consider to be in a japanese style. There are close up shots of details of most of the quilts here in the Flickr set.
Traditional Quilt by Yoshiko Kinoshita
Quilt by Michiko Hiura
Hexagon Quilt by Rika Sakaguchi
Flower Quilt by Hisako Nagase
Quilt by Chiyoko Sakai
Quilt by Shizuko Yoshizawa
Quilt by Yuko Mikoshi
With Billy Quilt by Miwa Kawai
We then get into "Traditional Quilts".
Quilt by Tsunemi Suzuki
Quilt by Nobuko Nemoto
Quilt by Noriko Fukushima
This one must have taken some hefty planning and organisation.
And from traditional to modern....
Quilt by Motoko Yanagawa
Quilt by Noriko Takeuchi
Quilt by Kiyoko Shimada
This one was rather interesting - using translucent panels between the complexly patched ones. 
Detail from Quilt by Kiyoko Shimada
And then part of the sky.
Detail from Quilt by Kiyoko Shimada
No wonder I ended up taking so many photos - the standard of work at this show was through the roof. Even the funny ones were expertly made. Example - Panda Invaders!
Panda Invaders Quilt by Miyuki Koguchi

Another section was for pictorial quilts inspired by the words "My Beautiful Village".
"My Beutiful Village" theme quilt by Hiroko Horuchi
This next one was by high school students - there were a few done by presumably the equivalent of an A-Level textiles group. Love the sleeping cat!
"My Beautiful Village" theme quilt by Haibara High School Students
"My Beautiful Village" theme quilt by Ryoko Takahashi

All this takes me to about half way through my photos. I'll save the rest for another post! Although if you can't wait you can see everything (including all the ones I haven't included in the sections described above) in my Flickr set.


cucki said...

Wow so beautiful
Great show x

jan said...

Just stunning! How fabulous that you got to see this! Thanks for sharing. xo jan

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