Blue Echoes: Shizuko Kuroha Biography

Shizuko Kuroha at Nuno Space, April 2014 (photograph: M. Hanson)

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.