Thrilled to share photos from the exhibition in Osaka 5

Have you ever heard of an “Air Photographer”?
A friend of Ms. Sara Hanamura is one of two air photographers in Japan. His name is Teruyoshi Tago.
He flies a paraglider powered by a motor and takes photos and videos.
He shares short version videos of this three DVDs, for promotion, on youtube. Please enjoy.

He gave a presentaion each day during the exhibition.
With the motor, he can keep flying for two and one half hours. Putting a video camera on his lap, a photo camera in his right hand, he operates the paraglider with his left hand.
The paraglider has a number of strings handing down from the wing. The wing is very light like, about 5kg.
According to him, the view from the sky looks like a “Patchwork” of local living.

His machine comes apart completely so that he ca take it abroad for a shoot.

He has been to many places in Japan as well as to  Madagascar, the United States, Europe and China.

He points out that what our life makes more impressive is to have a way to change the view toward things surrounding us. I think it’s true.
Here is his website .



Thrilled to share photos from the exhibition in Osaka 4

More than 100 quilts made by our students were exhibited in Osaka.  Here are a few of them which especially caught my attention.

I would like to begin with this quilt.
It was breathtakingly beautiful and many people stopped to enjoy its lovely handwork.
Do you remember that two quilts made by our students were displayed at the Tokyo Dome Show last January? The student who made this quilt made one of those as well.
Fine quilting lines cast shadows.

What a lovely flower quilt made with hexagons!
“Love the life you live and Live the life you love.” It’s so true.

What I like about this quilt is the combination of color.
The quilter is the first one to use Masako’s new fabric collections for a quilt.

Embroidery in the patterns and on the top really works well in the quilt.

Another excellent quilt with hand embroidery.

Here are some more to share with you!

Which one is your favorite?



Thrilled to share photos from the exhibition in Osaka 3

Our “Garden Party” quilt exhibition was literally full of beautiful flowers!

It would be nice to sit down for a cup of tea and enjoy the wonderful quilts.

It's our version of a quilt picnic!

The ceiling of the venue was so high that the tall tree could sit in this large space very comfortably.



Thrilled to share photos from the exhibition in Osaka 2

We set the theme, "Garden Party", a year and a half earlier at the exhibitions.
We had our students make class projects especially to be shown at the exhibitions. 
They are these mushrooms and house shaped sewing boxes!

We chose the fabrics and the patterns for the students, but the embellishments were their own designs!



Thrilled to share photos from the exhibition in Osaka 1

I meant to write a story about the first exhibition in Tokyo which was held from the 14th to 19th of May. But many photos of exhibited quilts are duplicated, so I chose to write about the one in Osaka in detail.

As I mentioned, the main theme of the exhibitions was “Garden Party”. We asked the very well known flower arrangement artist, Sara Hanamura, to have fresh flowers decorate the quilt exhibition.

At the entrance to the exhibition, there was a signboard filled with beautiful flowers. The exhibition was held on the 9th floor of Hankyu department store. 

You are now entering our quilt garden party.

The white birch house welcomes you!

The house was made by a friend of Masako’s who is a carpenter living in the country.
He carefully selected suitable blanches to form this house. Some were twisted and some were large. So I can imagine it was hard to pick the right ones, especially the folk shaped ones, for poles.

It is based on an idea of a garden tool shed. The quilts which surround the house are some of Masako's quilts symbolizing "Garden" and "Forest" that go well and reflect the theme.