Every year the Stitch Modern Quilt Show includes a lecture. This year the lecture was a double treat with Sujata Shah and Youngmin Lee in a talk titled “Global Perspectives in Quilting.”
Youngmin spoke first, telling us about the history and importance of Bogaji – the Korean art of wrapping cloth. This textile art is an integral part of the Korean culture, used for carrying, covering and storing objects. I was impressed by how much happiness and satisfaction Bogaji provides Youngmin – both as carrying on a tradition and keeping her heritage alive in her new home. Her work is meticulous, beautiful and all done by hand.
Sujata Shah moved to the U.S. from India in 1986. She stated that due to her heritage she sees colors differently. In fact, similar to Freddy Moran, who declares “red is a neutral,” Sujata has her own nuetral color: green. She showed us slides of architectural details of buildings in India with patterns similar to ones in the U.S. and described her initial reaction: “This is Indian art and they are calling it American!”
She is especially fond of traditional Indian handwork and tries to combine the colors, textures and imperfection in her quilting style. To her handquilting is “stories in stitches.”
Check out her book: Cultural Fusion Quilts, A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions and her blog: Cultural Fusions Quilts.
Luckily for us, both of these artists live in the San Franciso Bay Area! It was such a pleasure to hear them speak and see their work in person.