Sunday, January 27, 2019

Tokyo Quilt Festival At Tokyo Dome

I had a wonderful day at the quilts especially made by catching up and spending time with Queenie, Tanya and Julie. They made me feel so welcome. I follow their blogs and 2 years ago bumped into them at the Quilt Festival. It was so exciting to actually meet them in person in 2016 and we still check on each others blogs and email.
I learnt so much about the Japanese way of life today from them. Thank you.
(Tanya I wore the beanie you knitted on the way back, the wind was very cold, it kept me warm, thank you)
Queenie, Julie and Tanya.

A few of the quilts that took my eye. The standard of work was exceptional on the many varied theme of quilts. My apologies re the makers etc, as they were written in Japanese. 








Saturday, January 26, 2019

Wandering Tokyo

After nearly throwing the ipad and lap top against the wall, it is allowing me to do a post.
Arrived to darkness Thursday night, after an all day flight. Very lucky to be upgraded to Business using my FF points and this made the flight so much nicer.
Sunset is 5pm and after catching the NEX express train, 1 hour of travel arrived at Tokyo Station. Finally found my way to the hotel and fell into bed.
Thursday morning was spent wandering the Meiji-Jingu Temple and Harajuku. Have also found my way on the subway and JR line after buying a Pasmo travel card and topping it up.
 Before dinner last night wandered down towards Tokyo Station area and through a few back streets.



Cherry Blossom manhole cover
The wifi is very limited, I'll qwit

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Stitch Meditations

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Playing with Paper

I have been playing with paper and folding.
 Little 4 inch square concertina book

 I received this book for Christmas.
Have been having a play with the folded series.
 Clear instructions.
 Pocket Accordion with Separate Cover
Finished size 3 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches.
Process was very easy and quick to make. 
 I trimmed a picture from a Woodblock 2018 calendar for the cover.
My seal I had made in Seoul is being used.
In Japan there are vending machines that sell seals.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stitch Meditations

Continuing the use of torn paper.
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Fly free Miffy, farewell our friend.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Escher

I spent a couple of hours viewing the exhibition Escher X Nendo - Between Two Worlds 
at the NGV.
The life of M.C. Escher (Mauritis Cornelis) born 1898, is extraordinary and began in The Netherlands. His love for illusion, impossibilities, curiosity and imagination is featured.
The exhibition covers 2 floors and several rooms.  Escher's unique artistic vision is traced through over 150 prints and drawings of pen, ink and pencil.

 Blocks of basalt along the sea
1919
Woodcut
He started first making woodcuts in early 1919 and explored the graphic power of the woodcut in works that varied greatly in style, especially in landscapes. It is a form of Art Nouveau. 


 San Gimignano, Italy
1922
Woodcut
Escher made detailed drawings in pen and ink, which he turned into a woodcut. The geometrical lines of the town's towers contrast with the rhythms of the densely patterned rolling hills and the swirling foliage of the ancient olive tree.  


 Sky and Water 1
1938
Woodcut
He was fascinated with the dynamic tension between figure and ground in tessellations and explored this in the above drawing.
Escher explained "above, the white fish silhouettes merge to form the "sky" for the birds, while in the lower half the black birds blend together to form "water" for the fishes". 

Also exhibited were installations by Oki Sato, head of the Japanese design studio nendo. He tells of his journey from architecture to designer and what he has learned from Escher. He relates to Escher's interest in optical illusions and extreme perspectives.
 Transforming House
2018
"Gathered House"
2018

Zooming House
2018


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stitch Meditations

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