14 May Masako Wakayama | “My Quilting Journey” , Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Masako Wakayama | “My Quilting Journey”
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, from 6-9pm
Public Viewing: Until May 28th, 2018.
Masako Wakayama. The exhibition will have it’s opening reception on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, from 6-9pm, and will be on view until May 28th, 2018. Masako will be displaying and selling her beautiful quilts at One Art Space Gallery. She explores her love of the American Flag from an outside perspective. We hope to see you there!
About Masako Wakayama
Born in Tokyo and raised in Kawasaki, Japan, Masako Wakayama had her first introduction to quilts in the American Pavilion of the 1970 Osaka EXPO. Smitten by her discovery, Masako quickly learned to sew and subscribed to several quilting magazines as she began the slow process of teaching herself to quilt.
Her unique quilting style draws its inspiration from the American folk aesthetic and blends these traditional elements with embroidery and crochet. Masako is drawn to the American flag both for its design and history. The original was fashioned using quilting methods, which she considers powerful way women were able to add their voices to that tumultuous and historic era. Her personal work is dominated by the tri-color tones of red, white and blue.
Masako opened Crib Quilt, her studio, and storefront, in 1987, named for the first quilt she made for her daughter, Emi. Over the course of the past three decades, Masako has carefully honed her craft and is now a world-renowned quilting expert who also specializes in crochet, EPP, punch needle, applique, cross stitch, and embroidery.
Working with Emi, she travels around the world teaching workshops and participating in exhibitions. She has published 10 books in multiple translations and has been designing her fabric line “American Country” with a Japanese fabric company, Lecien for almost two decades.
One of the things she loves most about quilting is the community it creates. Masako has taken this to the next level with a quilting circle that extends beyond borders. Her work is featured around the world and these travels have not only given her the opportunity to showcase her creations but have also provided a community that is her primary foundation for exploring her own unique designs. Masako has described “America” as her teacher in quilting, due in part to the lifelong connections she has built with quilters in the States.