Thursday, June 4, 2015

Collecting Art Quilts

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’.

Window XIV

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!

birdsParadise

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!

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your new art quilts! Thank you for sharing them. Ann in NC

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  2. I think the work is stunning - what I can't tell is whether there's stitching or whether the work is fused, raw-edge appliqué - can you say that much about it?

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  3. That's interesting. I'm the artist who designed the original painting which the man who calls himself 'Danny' copied. He has since acknowledged it. I don't mind if craft people including quilters use work done by dead artists, but I'm very much alive. I live off the images that I CREATE. I don't steal images. When I see this sort of thing happening, I call it out. I'm happy you're happy with your quilt, but you should know where the image came from.

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  4. By the way, if you want to see further original artworks, please check out my website www.davidhinchliffeartist.com.au or friend me on Facebook where I have recently posted about this incident.

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