Monday, February 23, 2015

Mid-Winter Matsuri

Nothing gets my adrenaline going more than finding a group of people who are just as passionate about something as I am...


Then partying with them while surrounded by the objects of our passion...



In this case...lots and lots of Japanese embroidery!



My teacher Tonie held a Mid-Winter Matsuri (matsuri means "festival" in Japanese) at her home and studio...



Where we all brought our embroideries to share...



Both finished, framed pieces...


As well as works in progress...


Some upper level students stitched in the morning...



Imagine an embroidery art show where you can actually pick up pieces, spending as much time as you'd like studying how they are stitched...



Honestly, it's enough to give a girl heart palpitations!


I'll just be quiet now and let you drink in some of the details...








I'm sorry I don't know the names of all the pieces but they are all designs from the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta.  If you'd really like the name of one piece, send me an email and I'll find out for you.

And I haven't even shown you one third of all that was there...


The picture below shows a cover of Nuido, the Japanese embroidery journal published by the Center four times per year...


Did you notice that the embroidery in progress below the journal is the same as the photograph on the cover?  Don't worry, I didn't either until I was uploading the pic today.

My favorite pic of all from the whole day is this one...


This is one of my fellow hope-to-graduate-in-October classmates, Dianne,  and she's holding the completed Sake Box embroidery in her hands...that's the same piece I'm working on now but it's finished.  

I've printed out the pic and put it at my workspace to inspire me toward greatness.  

That's what being surrounded by folks who are better than me does.  It lifts me up and spurs me on.

That's good because my goldwork has been slow going.  Worth it, for sure, but still slow going.

Happy Inspired Monday everyone!

16 comments:

gracie said...

Oh my oh my....

Gisela Suski said...

Best show ever, such talent.

Linda said...

Oh, my, that is SUCH a beautiful group of yumminess that I can hardly express myself about it! They are lovely, and my favorite is the one with the mostly orange, with a tiny bit of lavender, flowers on the green background! Orange is my favorite color, and that one made me catch my breath! You are so talented and are surrounded with such talented people. It must have made the sun shine brighter during this cold, cold winter.

xo Linda

D1-D2 said...

The chrysanthemum is beautiful and I love the colors in the gold and pastel colors (3rd one after the duck), but to be honest they are all gorgeous.

Ruth said...

Beautiful -- completely beautiful.

And you are right, the world is utterly perfect when surrounded by people who "get" your passions :)

Mosaic Magpie said...

Beautiful examples. I heard before the way to get better is to surround yourself with those that are better.
Deb

Cath said...

Fantastic set of pictures. Very inspiring - better go do some stitching :-)

Rachel said...

How wonderful to spend so much time with other enthusiasts!

Judy S. said...

WOW, you must have been in Embroidery Heaven! Thanks for sharing all that fabulous work.

Createology said...

Oh yes! I can hear the giddy and excitement in your post. Being surrounded with inspiration and sharing of skills is very uplifting and empowering. Stitch on dear...graduation is coming near.

deb* said...

exquisite work--what a treat!

Lisa Greenbow said...

I don't even embroider but the skill and artistry of these works make my heart go pitty patter. I can imagine how they inspire you.

Judy Warner said...

Just beautiful!

Marsha said...

Wow! That's all I can say. I do have a question about the picture third from the top. I see goldwork around the bright shiny petals,but are the petals themselves embroidered? And how bout those wispy petal, gold and white. Are they embroidered too? How?

Suztats said...

Oh, wow! Wonderful!

coral-seas said...

How wonderful to spend a day with so many talented ladies AND to have so many wonderful examples of their work on display. Every piece is an inspiration, thank you for taking and sharing such clear pictures so we could enjoy them too!

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