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Making sewing patterns and fabric patterns fascinate me. I love drawing, painting and photographing.
I make illustrations for Zandloopster Illustratie & Design. I love playing the flute in my spare time.
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This design is a cheater quilt with a robot theme. In Japan, during the Edo period (the 1700s), very sophisticated dolls with autonomous action, and i
This design is a cheater quilt with a robot theme. In Japan, during the Edo period (the 1700s), very sophisticated dolls with autonomous action, and interaction with the environment were made. They are called karakuri ningyu and their task was to bring a cup of tea (or sake) to their â€˜masterâ€™.
A karakuri doll is activated after winding a spring. It starts moving a predefined distance as soon as a cup of tea is put on the tray. It walks the predefined distance, stops and bows. The cup can be put off the tray. When the cup is put back on the tray, the doll makes a U-turn and walks back to its origin.
This cheater quilt is made in Japanese style. You can see both the doll and the mechanism. The quilt style is Japanese. Japanese motifs were used for the different patches. If you would like to use these motifs to make a real quilt (or for other purposes), have a look at my designs with those motifs.
You can see a doll in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvb8p7DQkE&feature=player_embedded . Actually, replicas of the doll are for sale here http://otonanokagaku.net/english/products/edo/detail.html .
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This is a stunning design! I love how you have incorporated the robot dolls into this Japanese style quilt!
Posted over 4 years ago.
Wow!! This fabulous design is a brilliant take on the robot theme. Outstanding!
Something really unique. You don't see Japanese quilts everyday for sure.
Thank you Donna. I hope this doll is 'robot' enough for the robot cheater quilt contest. Initially, I wanted to design a cheater quilt about the NASA explorer vehicle, but that 'metallic' theme did not work out well for me. I visited Japan last year, and it was really fun to use my holiday photographs as inspiration for this fabric!
The design caught my eye, but reading your description really sealed the deal. I think this beautifully captures the idea of a cheater quilt that makes it easy to make something special -- in this case, a great lesson in history and culture! And I love the idea of using automatons -- the original robots. Awesome!
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