A TOUCH OF JAPANESE BLUE

A line from Norwegian vocalist Silje Nergaard's 2001 song, "Japanese Blue," is what came to mind when I finished piecing the first of two asymmetrical hexagons: "My life is such, it needs a touch, of Japanese Blue." Bits and pieces remind me how much indigo blue predominates in Japan and how much I treasure my experiences there, including an indigo dye workshop with a Japanese master in a traditional mountain village.

A Touch Of Japanese Blue I
Available

27” W x 29” H
Japanese and hand-dyed cottons, hand-dyed and other silks, including shibori; beads. Machine-pieced and -appliquéd; layered and stitched together. Mounted on a bamboo hanger.

 

A Touch Of Japanese Blue I (detail)

A Touch Of Japanese Blue II
Available

21.5” W x 24” H
Japanese and other cottons, hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk. Machine-pieced and -appliquéd; layered and stitched together. Mounted on bamboo hanger.

 

A Touch Of Japanese Blue II (detail)

A Touch Of Japanese Blue III
Available

19.5” W x 25.5” H
Japanese cottons, hand-dyed cotton and silk, other silk and cotton; beads. Machine-pieced and -appliquéd; layered and stitched together. Mounted on bamboo hanger.

 

A Touch Of Japanese Blue III (detail)

A Touch Of Japanese Blue IV
Private Collection (The Sea Ranch, CA)

12” W x 16” H
Japanese and other cottons; hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk, including shibori; beads. Machine-pieced, layered and stitched together. Mounted on linen over stretched canvas.

 
A Touch Of Japanese Blue IV (detail)
A Touch Of Japanese Blue V
Available

16” W x 12” H
Japanese and other cottons; hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk, including shibori; beads. Machine-pieced, layered and stitched together. Mounted on linen over stretched canvas.

 

A Touch Of Japanese Blue V (detail)

A Touch Of Japanese Blue VI
Available

12” W x 16” H
Japanese and other cottons; hand-dyed linen and silk,including shibori; beads. Machine-pieced, layered, and stitched together. Mounted on linen over stretched canvas.

 

A Touch Of Japanese VI (detail)

A Touch Of Japanese Blue VII
Available

7” W x 10” H
Japanese and other cottons; hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk; beads. Machine pieced, layered and stitched together. Mounted on wood display easel.

 
A Touch Of Japanese Blue VIII
Private Collection (The Sea Ranch, CA)

6.5” W x 9.25” H
Japanese and other cottons; hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk; machine pieced and quilted; beads. Mounted on wood display easel.

A Touch Of Japanese Blue IX
Available

8" W x 10" H
Japanese and other cottons, silk; machine-appliquéd, layered, stitched together; mounted on double matting.

 
  A Touch Of Japanese Blue IX (detail)
Diamonds & Rust
Available

24” W x 28” H
Japanese and other cottons, hand-dyed linen, cotton, and silk; machine-pieced, layered and stitched together. Mounted on bamboo hanger.

 

Diamonds & Rust (detail)