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Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama

'All Together'. Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama

‘All Together’. Japanese quilt artst Hiroko Miyama

Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama
Traditionally, Quilting – the art of creating extraordinarily beautiful ornaments and paintings by sewing and quilting different materials. Works produced in this way are called quilts.
The quilt ‘All Together’ is the winner of International Quilt Festival in Houston. Noteworthy, it was the first collaboration of Tokio based artist Hiroko and her husband Masanobu Miyama.
Japanese artist of applied art Hiroko Miyama creates quilts mostly with the image of her children and dogs, whom she calls her treasures. According to her, there are a lot of objects she wants to quilt, especially beautiful sceneries of Nagano, flowers and fairy tales. The artist on her website step by step explains the process and the technique of her quilt.

'All Together'. Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama

Her favorite dogs depicted in the quilt ‘All Together’. Work by Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama

First of all, the process begins with a drawing, then print of color design becomes applique pattern pieces. The detailed instruction includes several steps. In particular, adding outline for pattern, cutting printed design, putting each pattern pieces on guide, selecting fabric, cutting fabric with sheet and ironing it. Next, putting cut-out pieces on right places by using reference. And also, ironing, heating the piece; checking colors after patterns are removed, replacing pieces if the color doesn’t meet image. The final step – to assemble blocks.

Japanese quilt artist Hiroko Miyama

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