Blue Echoes

Blue Echoes

Blue Echoes: Quilts by Shizuko Kuroha

“Everything begins with the fabric.”

Shimmering, floating, expanding, receding—Shizuko Kuroha’s quilts resonate with an ethereal energy. Antique Japanese indigo-dyed textiles give her work depth, suggesting the expanse of sky and cosmos. Traditional sarasa fabrics—block prints in a lighter palette of beiges, grays, reds, and indigos—provide counterpoint, creating synergy between dark and light, figure and ground, tangible and intangible.

“In a quilt, it is not very important if the fabrics are old, worn or even dirty … What counts is the blend of these fabrics, how they co-exist, if they are in harmony.”

Kuroha has been a leader of the Japanese studio quilt movement for more than 30 years. She utilizes complex patterning that gives her work a distinct, yet familiar appearance. Her harmonious fabric placement creates optical illusions and atmospheric effects but it also elicits the sounds of gentle breezes, robust winds, summer nights, and open spaces. Her “blue echoes” speak to us with a universal voice.

“Blue Echoes” is the first ever solo exhibition by a Japanese artist at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

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Meet the Artist

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Meet the Artist

Shizuko Kuroha was born in 1938 in Tokuyama-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. She discovered quilting while living in the United States for two years in the 1970s. Upon returning to Japan, she opened a school and organized the Kuroha Quilting Circle. She gives classes once a month in Tokyo and several other Japanese cities. With great energy she teaches and disseminates her quilting knowledge. She is widely considered one of the top Japanese quilt artists.

Ever since Shizuko Kuroha encountered quilting, it has been the center of her life. Everything that she sees, hears and feels is linked to quilting. Reading and cooking (an activity in which, as with quilting, one seeks to bring out one's personality) are her pastimes. She lives in the Nishiogikubo area of Tokyo. In 1997, she opened the Nuno Space quilt shop, where one can find antique indigo fabrics and quilts

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Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment 
Friends of International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Moda
Aurifil
Japan Foundation New York
Japan Broadcasting Corporation
The Fred and Sally Basham Fund

Event Date
Friday, March 4, 2016 to Wednesday, May 25, 2016