Her quilts are on display now through May 18 at KU's Spencer Museum of Art - along with Jean Mitchell's of Lawrence (more about Jean later).
Yoshiko was here in February. She is tiny, with a mop of beautiful silver hair. This isn't the best picture, but it also shows part of her work, one of four large pieces in her Code Series.
It seems to me Yoshiko's work could have inspired many of our modern quilters. She uses a lot of solids, with heavily quilted white backgrounds. Her work was inspired by Amish and Mennonite quilts four decades ago.
At a gallery talk, Yoshiko showed photos of rag patchwork called Kesa funzoe. These are right up our alley. They were made of scraps/rags donated by parishioners and given to their priest in the 18th century. They were improvisationally pieced. Her example was lovely - I googled it and couldn't find any photos to share with you, but I will keep looking.
She dyes her work - at her place in Bali - using bamboo dye. Here are a few detail shots.
|Detail from Code Series|
|These slices in another quilt are tiny.|
|These pieces are also tiny - it reminds me of Seminole piecing. This is one of her Ribbon Tape quilts.|