As I sit down to write this post, it is a fine, rainy day here in the Midwest; summer really feels like a memory and I dream of the warmth and crazy summer days again.
Earlier this morning as I organized a group of christmas cards to mail out, I could not help but notice that I had chosen the Gifts of Friendship's stamps the USPS had distributed "celebrating an enduring bond between two nations on the centennial of the gift of flowering dogwood trees to Japan in 1915." Check out this link http://uspsstamps.com/stamps/gifts-friendship to learn more about this wonderful exchange.
Our featured artist and I share a love for textiles, quilts and an even deeper appreciation for cultural traditions.
Today I proudly share with you a book written by Teresa Duryea Wong titled Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters, The Story of An American Import. Teresa is also the talent behind third floor quilts http://thirdfloorquilts.blogspot.com.
I discovered our featured artist and writer while reading the Summer 2015 edition of Where Women Create, a magazine addiction I relive quarterly. Almost immediately I reached out to Teresa, whom I have not met in person, and shared that I would love to feature her book. She continues her book tour next year and will be visiting Minneapolis in the summer!
I was immediately drawn to Teresa's story working in the corporate world and her new adventures in developing her home based business and artful creations.
Teresa's book takes us on a journey of how Japanese women have found their own unique quilting style, creating quilts that are true to their heritage and long standing traditions of exemplary craftsmanship. Though they were inspired by American quilts starting in the 1970's, Japanese textile artists are part of a worldwide community that celebrates their contributions to quilting.
It is through the quilters and collectors that this art form continues to be passed down from one generation to the next. There is a deep connection between our cultural heritage and our crafts; it's every generation's responsibility to support and learn from one another, especially learn from our pasts.
This book is more than a coffee table book; it's more than a glance into artists' studios from Japan. Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters reminds us of how connected we are in this Global Artistic Community. As artists, we have a real voice to teach, reach and educate across continents. It serves as a reminder of how Art and Making is a force for good and self expression.
All of the artists featured in Teresa's book have a deep respect for their craft and spend many years perfecting it; each artist has her own distinct style and signature techniques to showcase their talents.
I was so humbled to read about Yoshiko Katagiri, an amazingly talented textile artist who stitches exclusively by hand, and Yoshiko Kurihara, who creates incredibly rich, geometric images with textiles, also the artist that I identify with the most.
The book, to me, is as much an inspiration for artists' journeys as it is a celebration of the contributions American quilters have made. Quilting remains as important to our heritage and traditions now as it was in the 1970's and before.
Teresa and her publisher kindly mailed me an additional copy of her book and it's my pleasure to offer it to a lucky reader.
Please help me share Teresa's and the talented work from all the artists featured in this book. Share your post with your friends. You won't be dissappointed.
I would like to personally thank Teresa for bringing these textile artists into our circles, and for their contributions to the wide ranging world of quilting.
Please also check out Teresa's website!
Cheers and Thank you for reading!