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Quilt artistry : inspired designs from the East
Jinzenji, Yoshiko.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, [2002]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT835 .J56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Quilt Artistry will transform the way that readers think about quilts. Author Yoshiko Jinzenji began quilting after she came upon quilts made by Canada's Mennonite people and was deeply moved by their resonant, sacred quality. The richly minimalist quilts she makes today are as powerful as the works that originally inspired her. Quilt Artistry presents her unforgettable quilt creations in 100 color photos and in 300 black-and-white photos and diagrams. Detailed patterns and instructions are included for all projects shown.

In addition to full-size quilts, Jinzenji demonstrates how to make quilted pillows, clutch purses, necklaces, decorative objects, table mats, tiny miniature quilt "mandalas," even a hammock. There are a total of 90 projects, for everyone from beginners to the most advanced quilters.

Jinzenji is also a superb natural dyer and often makes quilts from fabric or fiber she colors herself, including very subtle and rich bamboo-dyed white silk.

In other quilts she uses antique fabric collected from around the world, and in still others vibrant tropical natural dyes or innovative synthetics such as black metallic cloth created by well-known textile designer Jun'ichi Arai. No matter what the material, her quilts all have a remarkable quiet power. They resonate with a spiritual quality like that of classic North American quilts, but one that is rooted in an Asian, even Buddhist sensibility.

Jinzenji has always wanted to "give something back" to the Western quilting tradition that first motivated her own work, and with this book she is wonderfully successful. Quiltmakers and all others with an interest in textiles or design will find Quilt Artistry as inspirational as it is practical.

Author Notes

Yoshiko Jinzenji makes her home in Kyoto and has a studio in Bali. She has been quilting for three decades and teaching for two. Her work has been exhibited around the world

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Publisher's Weekly Review

During her 30 years of artisanal quilt making, Jinzenji has synthesized a wide range of cultural styles, from the stitching handiwork of Amish and Mennonite quilts and the patchwork altar cloths of her native Japan to the dyeing traditions of Bali, where she now keeps a studio. In this slim, well-illustrated handbook, she offers readers insight into the multicultural origins of the quilting medium and experienced quilters the secrets of creating their own works through how-to diagrams. Jinzenji also conveys a sense of spiritual portentousness in her approach: "What I am striving for is to bring out and add to the essential textures of the cloth, to create shadows and light, and to find a balance between minimalism and a sense of richness." Incorporating lustrous fabrics, some made by textile designer Jun'ichi Arai, and handmade paper, as well as competing patterns and cross textures, Jinzenji sometimes seems to err on the side of richness over minimalism. Her work succeeds best, however, when it's at its most subtle and clean. "Dew II," for instance, a ribbed, white quilt with flecks of inlaid color arranged in long, broken lines, straddles Hopi and Japanese geometries in a tasteful, restrained manner. And "Sound," with its spare, modern pixels, shimmers subtly. For aficionados of quilting, or those of artful handicrafts in general, this book will offer pleasure and inspiration. 100 color and 300 b&w photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Jun'ichi Arai
Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Part 1 Quilts Made from Antique Cloth and New Textiles
My Quilting Journeyp. 25
Some Japanese Quilting and Patchwork Traditionsp. 30
Small Modern Amish Quiltsp. 34
Mandalas Made from Precious Clothp. 38
Transparent Quilt: "Watermark"p. 46
Shimmering Cushionsp. 50
Lampung Embroideryp. 54
Spiral Block Quilt: "Versification II"p. 58
Spiral Block Cushions
African Spiral Cushions
Optical Quilt: "Star Connection"p. 62
Part 2 Quilts Made from Fabric or Fibers I Dyed Myself
Grass House Studiop. 67
Ketupat Braided Offerings
The Discovery of Bamboo Dyeingp. 71
Embossed Quilt: "White Repose"p. 74
Braided and Woven Table Mat
Silk Ribbon Hammockp. 78
Ornamented Cushionsp. 82
Baby Quiltsp. 86
Natural Dyes and Quiltingp. 90
Indigo Dyeing in Balip. 93
Engineered Quilt: "Grass Wind"p. 94
Engineered Quilt: "Coconut Field"p. 98
"Color"p. 102
"Dew II"p. 106
"Sound"p. 110
Beginningsp. 114
Additional Designs, Patterns and Instructionsp. 115
Acknowledgmentsp. 126
Photo Creditsp. 126
Glossaryp. 127
Indexp. 128