Monday, June 24, 2013

Time for Supper

June 2013 - Time for Supper
Time for Supper is the name of the June 2013 Quilt of the Month at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. The quilt artist is Eiko Okano from Japan, who donated this and seven other quilts to the IQSCM. This is the information about Okano and Time for Supper from the IQSCM:

Eiko Okano is a contemporary Japanese quiltmaker with an impressive background. She studied with the famous--and early--Japanese quiltmaker Chuck Nohara in the late-1970s and 1980s. Her quilts have been shown all over Japan and in many international locations, including the United States and France. Since its inception in 2002, her work has always been included in the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, a huge annual exhibition held at the Tokyo Dome, which draws over a quarter-million people in a weeklong period.

Okano’s work often explores everyday themes, including food, as in this quilt, “Time for Supper.” About this piece she says, “Since Japanese cuisine is simple, first I thought it was going to be challenging to make it, but I am surprised that I could express how wonderful the Japanese cuisine is only with fabric and thread. I hope viewers of this work will enjoy our food culture such as sushi, bento (lunch box), fish, etc.”

I tried to look up the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, but couldn’t find information in English about the 2014 Festival.  It seems to be held in January every year.  Maybe I’ll be able to go next year and if I do, I will I will watch for Eiko Okano’s quilts.

1 comment:

Queeniepatch said...
This is the only information there is so far in English. The organisers usually give more info later in autumn. They dates are not fixed yet. I will post on my blog as soon as I know.
To my knowledge, Eiko Okano participates every year. She has published several books, on her 'Delicious Quilts' and other themes. She is exceptionally good at finding the right print for the food she wants to depict.