Helen Hazon – Series #5- Architecture in my Travels – Japan
We visited Japan in January 2013 and enjoyed a fascinating 2 weeks. The holiday was textile based with lots of weaving, dyeing, silk painting etc. Sometimes we watched , sometimes we had a go. Great fun. The final 2 days were spent at the Tokyo Quilt Show admiring the beautiful, detailed work on display – and shopping!
The most striking buildings that we saw were definitely the castles and temples. I found the roofs particularly interesting – lots of layers, curved tiles and some had rows of small end tiles along the bottom edges.
My quilt design is developed from these roofs. I have included an aerial view of a pagoda showing 3 tiered, tiled roof levels. The blue circles are the end tiles. The flowers reflect the Japanese love of cherry blossom. The flower shapes and the quilted Fuji mountains are all hand stitched in a style similar to sashiko.
I have used all cotton fabric – the background was dyed by me at an indigo workshop, the dark blue was purchased in Tokyo. Hand embroidery is in cotton thread, machine embroidery is in viscose.
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