Just yesterday I found out about the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, and with a name like that how could I not go immediately?
It’s on for a week, at Tokyo Dome and is absolutely huge
as well as lots and lots of stalls for fabric, threads and sewing machines, there is an exhibition of quilts from 94 artists, and the annual Japan Quilt Grand Prix. Here is the Grand Prix winner, sorry it’s a poor shot, the crowd around it was similar to the one around the Mona Lisa.
and here’s the winner from the Junior competition, which was a graffiti -themed quilt.
and some more of my favourites…
Amazing, huh? Like a terrible person I failed to record the names of the artists of each one, but if you get down to Tokyo Dome before January 30th, you can check them out yourself. Here’s the Great Quilt Festival website.
Sometimes you come across something so amazing you have to tell the world about it. I came across Faina Gavrilova’s shop Quiltsalon on Etsy last week, and thought you’d like to see it too. Faina lives in Yoshkar-ola which is east of Moscow in Russia. She has been making quilts for over 12 years. She graduated from the Ethnographic Museum in St. Petersburg having studied the special course on the design, history and technology of quilts, but she continues to learn about new techniques.
It takes Faina 5-7 days to make a quilt depending on the complexity of the picture and number of elements. She says: “I can’t keep from sewing! I make quilts all the time in my studio together with my students. I choose Etsy thanks to advice of other handmade masters.”
Here are some of her amazing quilts. Rabbits…
and one for your sweetheart…
Faina opened her Etsy shop in October 2011, so go and support her and see the other quilts in her collection.
I went all the way to Switzerland for this post. There is a very famous woodcarver in the Berner Oberland. If you’re involved in Guiding or Scouting I’m pretty sure you’ve seen his family’s work.
His name is Robert Trummer and he lives near Adelboden, and he and his family are very talented woodcarvers.
They do big things like bears….
and small things, like woggles….
And they can personalise items with your name, or a date. Robert is so practiced at writing with the pyrography pen he doesn’t need to sketch in a draft before. And check the angle on my name above. Who needs a ruler? That’s a real skill.
We visited his shop where he has a small workbench, and you can see the progression of items being carved like the cows at the front.
There’s plenty of opportunity for woodcarving and craft in Switzerland with traditional mountain chalets made of wood.
Even new chalets are personalised, can you see the animals in the balcony below?
You can find some more information about the Trummer woodcarvers here and a map to the shop.