Quilt Artistry: Inspired Designs from the East

Quilt Artistry: Inspired Designs from the East

by Yoshiko Jinzenji
     
 

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Yoshiko Jinzenji began quilting after she came upon quilts made by Canadian Mennonites and was deeply moved by their resonant, sacred quality. The richly minimalist quilts she makes today are as powerful as those that originally inspired her. Quilt Artistry, available now in a paperback edition, presents Jinzenji's unforgettable quilt creations in 100 color photos,

Overview

Yoshiko Jinzenji began quilting after she came upon quilts made by Canadian Mennonites and was deeply moved by their resonant, sacred quality. The richly minimalist quilts she makes today are as powerful as those that originally inspired her. Quilt Artistry, available now in a paperback edition, presents Jinzenji's unforgettable quilt creations in 100 color photos, and 300 black-and-white photos and diagrams. There are also a total of 90 projects for everyone from beginners to the most advanced quilters.

Jinzenji is a superb dyer and often makes quilts from fabric or fiber she colors with natural dyes, 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 utilizes innovative synthetics such as black metallic cloth created by well-known textile designer Junichi Arai. No matter what the material, her quilts all have a remarkable, quiet power. Like classic North American quilts, Jinzenji's work resonates with a spiritual quality, 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 inspired her, and with this book, she is wonderfully successful. In addition to full-size quilts, Jinzenji demonstrates how to make quilted pillows, clutch purses, necklaces, decorative objects, table mats, tiny miniature quilt mandalas, and even a hammock. Detailed patterns and instructions are included for all projects shown.

Quilt makers, as well as anyone with an interest in textiles or design, will find Quilt Artistry as inspirational as it is practical.

Editorial Reviews

The Paducah Sun
Yoshiko Jinzenji can see the universe in a quilt block.
The Professional Quilter
It is [a] feast for both the eyes and soul.
...beautiful, inspiring...The subtler works, those with only a few shades and tones of color are the epitome of sophistication.
—Lauren Camp
Quilts with Style
Editor's Choice - the latest must have-book for your library.
Camp,Lauren
...beautiful, inspiring...The subtler works, those with only a few shades and tones of color are the epitome of sophistication.
—Lauren Camp
PIECEWORK
Inspiration, practical information, and beautiful photography make this book a winner.
Joe Cunningham
I think of Yoshiko Jinzenji as a sort of artistic Midas; anything she touches turns beautiful. In her kingdom, ordinary quilt designs become sculptural, subtle works of transcendent loveliness. This book is as beautiful as her quilts, and reveals the mystery behind some of the best of her works. I look through it when I want to be inspired. -- author of Quilting with Style
Yvonne Porcella
The unique quilt art of Yoshiko Jinzenji exemplifies the style of classic quilt tradition. Her eloquent application of intricate geometric shapes and lines in her creations is a visual feast for the observer. The serenity of the chosen textiles presented in such peaceful settings is amplified by her stunning workmanship and enchanting photography. This is certainly a book to own and to treasure. -- founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates
Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"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. Jinzenji 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. - Publishers Weekly

"This book is as beautiful as her quilts, and reveals the mystery behind some of the best of her works." -Joe Cunningham, author of Quilting with Style

"The serenity of the chosen textiles presented in such peaceful settings is amplified by her stunning workmanship and enchanting photography." - Yvonne Porcella, founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates

"Yoshiko's work is a rarity even in the world of art-to-wear and its nonwearable textile art relatives: utterly unique." -Dana De Zoysa, Curled Up with a Good Book

"...beautiful, inspiring...The subtler works, those with only a few shades and tones of color are the epitome of sophistication"-Surface Design Journal

"Yoshiko Jinzenji can see the universe in a quilt block." -The Paducah Sun

"It is [a] feast for both the eyes and soul." -The Professional Quilter

"EDITOR'S CHOICE - the latest must have-book for your library." -Quilts With Style

"Inspiration, practical information, and beautiful photography make this book a winner." -Picework

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784770030993
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

In 1970 Yoshiko Jinzenji—who was in North America to study western flower arrangement—stumbled across the antique Amish quilts that inspired her to start working as a quilt artist. She soon became recognized for her unique talent and in 1979 received the "Canada Ontario Craft" award for her excellent quilt work. In 1980 she returned to her native Japan and set up her own studio in Kyoto. This was followed, in 1991, by the establishment of her second studio, in Bali, Indonesia. She has been invited to exhibit at some of the world's biggest quilt exhibitions including the 30th anniversary of the International Quilt Festival (Houston, Texas, 2004). Jinzenji's pieces are in the permanent collections of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas; International Quilt Study Center & Museum (Nebraska); Museum of Art and Design (New York); New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA); and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

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