At the end of January, I had the chance to visit the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at Tokyo Dome City. The show had a number of exhibits from different designers that I really enjoyed walking through.
The main exhibit had quilts inspired by impressionist artists.
Here is a picture of the Grand Prix winner.
I was also interested to see that handmade bags were so popular. There was a prize category for bags, and a lot of the vendors had supplies for bag making.
Here are some of the pictures I found especially interesting and inspiring.
Check out my photo gallery for the rest!
If you have the opportunity to go to the show, I highly recommend it. I
wouldn’t visit Tokyo just to see the quilts since I was able to visit
the show in a single day, but there are plenty of fun things to do in the city.
One of the many interesting things I found about Tokyo was that it has a lot of opportunity for amateur crafting, which I like to do. China has many beautiful pieces of art you can buy, but the watercolor/calligraphy popular arts aren’t currently in my hobby interests. I can also buy plenty of fabric in China to use for quilting at the fabric markets here. However, Tokyo actually has real craft stores, like Michael’s or Joanne’s, that were fun to wander through.
If you are interested in crafts, here’s a link discussing five different craft and fabric stores in Tokyo. I particularly enjoyed Nippori Textile Town, where Tomato Fabrics is located.
Here is a picture of all my fun fabric purchases (the batiks at the top
right are from Thailand)