Title: Warmth of Heart

Year Completed: 1989

Size: H75.5” × W57” / H192 cm × W145 cm

Material: old cotton (aizome, sarasa), new silk (kimono, necktie)

Statement: The title refers to gratitude which I feel toward two friends who made this quilt possible. One gave me several pieces of old sarasa at a time when I had very little of that fabric; another friend lent me a precious book which clarified my ideas about the design, which enabled me to start work. This suggests weeping willows with branches set in motion by the wind. Possibly influenced by Kurashiki, a small Japanese city famous for its old storehouses which appear on both sides of an old canal lined on both sides by weeping willows.

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