With two designers in the family, there are a lot of collections in this house. My specialty is art quilts and usually I buy them from my authors such as Barbara Olson, Laura Heine, Jane Sassaman and Noriko Endo.
This month, I bought a quilt or two from seeing them on facebook! It may sound odd but it isn’t the first time. A few years ago I saw the work of Susan Lenz and then looked at her website for more and purchased one from her. I love it and it is hanging in my studio. Facebook is a great marketing tool to get your work out in front of the right ‘eyes’.
Windows XIV by Susan Lenz
In April, I kept seeing the work of Danny Amazonas from Taiwan on facebook. What caught my eye is how he cuts up ‘shards’ of fabrics to make a realistic image with his precision value placement.
One morning, I saw a quilt of a rainy day scene where the people in the evening light were reflected in the rainy street. It was mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics which I love, and the color range started at the left with reds and then graduated to the right into blue/greens! The technique was something that was new and fresh and the quilt was breathtaking!
I followed it all day and it got 1100 likes by the evening. I sent a message to Danny and told him how incredible I thought this was and he wrote back that he was having an exhibition from mid-April to mid-May. Then my wise husband said that I better put my name on it before it went to the show where it would most certainly be sold! So by the end of the evening, I had told Danny that I seriously wanted to buy it and to save it for me. He graciously agreed and I waited a month.
After the show was over Danny contacted me and said that he has a special arrangement for me. If I bought this Bird of Paradise quilt then I would get the Rain scene as a ‘free’ gift! Wow! 2 Amazonas quilts!
I’m hoping that some of you were on facebook that day that the rainy quilt was posted because I’m not allowed to post it anywhere. It’s a special request of Danny and I have to respect it. Sorry about that. I was wondering if I should even blog about it!
But if you get a chance to see his work or take a class from him in Taiwan, you should do it! I hope he will come teach in the States so I can take a class too. Take a look at his portfolio on his facebook page/there isn’t a website. It’s just fantastic that now we can see quilts from around the world on the internet, or I’d never know about this talented quilter who is also a florist for his day job! Now, I need to make room to hang these two new beauties!