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Shin Gyo So
John Waters, Newport News, Virginia
Shin Gyo So is an expression from Japanese aesthetics related to many arts including gardening. The ancient expression refers to formal, semi-formal and informal evidence in design. In my quilt "Shin" is our shaping: the planed wood, the squared post, the angular shrine in the Japanese garden: my first panel. "So" is naturalness, original: the sand, stones and wood, nature's pieces for the garden; my third panel. "Go" is the middle: the raked sand, the mix from nature to formal garden. This original design is my first art quilt and was juried into the Husqvarna Viking Masterpiece: Art Takes Shape in 2005.International exhibit.
Thai silk, dupioni silk, handloomed silk with fiddlehead fern cotton, handled ramie with bamboo fiber, pineapple cloth, antique kimono remnants, Japanese woven cottons, commercial cotton, #100 silk thread, monofilament, #50 cotton thread, #60 fine embroidery cotton, cotton batting
Founddation pieced on vellum, machine pieced, machine quilted