American Quilter’s Society Shines Light on Japanese Quiltmakers

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Exhibition of “Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists” makes its Michigan debut at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest, August 22-25, 2012, Grand Rapids, MI. The exquisite use of color and unique designs are admired by artists around the world.

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You will want to take time to study the use of color and form in this special exhibit.

The American Quilter’s Society presents a new exhibition, “Japanese Color and Form: New Works by Fifty Japanese Artists” at its first-ever AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22-25, 2012. Curated by Kokusai Art of Yokohama, Japan, this exhibit shares the unique artistry of Japanese traditional quilt design with modern flair.

Japanese quiltmaking has evolved extensively over the past forty years. Once influenced by Western and antique designs, many uniquely Japanese quilt techniques and designs have become a model for quilters across the globe. Entries in international quilt contests from Japan now include art quilts made with Japanese kimono fabrics and Japanese designs; others reflect "uchikake" costume shape or use traditional Japanese patterns. Quilters have quickly grown to love these works reflecting Japanese culture in new, innovative ways.

AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning notes: “From traditional quilt designs to contemporary Japanese art quilts, you will want to take time to study the use of color and form in this special exhibit.”

The fifty quilts included in this exhibition typify the artistry of Japanese quiltmakers. Whether in their "shashiko" stitching or the traditional themes revisited, visitors will gain a love and appreciation for the Japanese influence on the art of quiltmaking.

Japanese quilters also revel in the changing of colors and themes with the changing of the seasons. In "Japanese Color and Form", Professor Iwao Nagasaki, “In spring, Japanese people enjoy the blushing pink color of the cherry trees in full bloom, as well as the scenes of their scattering petals later. In the autumn, they appreciate the red and yellow leaves as well as their floating on water. In winter, people enjoy pure white snow as well as the contrast of the snow covered green bamboo and pine trees.”

Dedicated to promoting the art and skill of quiltmaking, the American Quilter’s Society hopes this exhibition will promote the charms of Japanese quilts to quilters and fashion designers around the world. This exhibition is free with admission to the AQS Quilt Show & Contest at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The show is open to the public, and runs from August 22nd through 25th, 2012.

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