Do you ever feel life is slightly out of control? On a roller coaster that keeps running endlessly on its rails? Life’s been a bit like that this week but I’m taking this spare hour to try to start catching up on my posts.
This time last week I’d been enjoying a beautiful exhibition called “Loving Indigo – the world of Shigeko Asada“. This remarkable woman created 50 large quilts and a number of small ones during the last 8 years of her life, while battling cancer. My friends and I were fortunate enough to have a personalised tour of the quilts with the organiser of this exhibition, the gorgeous Jacinta, who talked us through the meaning and techniques used in each of the quilts; it was wonderful to share in Jacinta’s knowledge.
I only had my phone with me, so some of the pics aren’t fabulous, but here’s a sampling of what we saw::
The roofs on the houses remind me up upturned rice bowls; these are women’s work pants; I love the bottom left hand lanterns turned on their sides; this is a warrior banner, with a family crest in the top left corner
a traditional umbrella dance; made in part from the lining of happi coats, with the triangle pattern representing snake scales to protect against evil; the shape of the cherry blossom is so evocative of Japan; a traditional Japanese pattern
The last two quilts contained prayers, both for herself and her husband who died suddenly just months before Shigeko; I didn’t photograph these as I felt they were too personal. We were very touched by the whole display and marvelled at the amount of work achieved by one woman, and all by hand.
Before going into the exhibition we did avail ourselves of the Millrose hospitality
and after we took the short drive to Ballarat to visit The Crafty Squirrel, thoroughly enjoying Morgan’s displays of her eclectic wares.