Artist: Karol Kusmaul
"A great day for me is one in which I can play with my collection of thrift store shirts, skirts,pants and dresses, cutting the fabrics and arranging scenes onto batting for a new art quilt. My artquilts reflect my delight in pattern, contrast and variety. I enjoy raw edge hand applique, collaged pieces made with repurposed fabrics.
I am fascinated by human figures and faces. Many of my quilts tell personal stories of my family and experiences. As a recently retired Art Teacher, I am thrilled to commit time to exploring my own art expressions." -Karol Kusmaul (Art Teacher, Quilting Instructor, Art Quilter)
Display: Ellen and Stephen Evans - Japanese Okimono Ivory Carvings
These finely carved 'okimono' ivory figurines are from Japan and date from the Meiji period, 1868 to 1912. It was during this period that Japan was opened up to the West after Commander Perry's visit in 1853. Trade with whaling ships also brought sailors to Japan who were familiar with scrimshaw ivory carvings and by 1880 there was a marked interest in the West in collecting Japanese ivory carvings.
In the late 1860s, changes in dress styles in Japan affected the livelihood of traditional carvers. At this time the netsuke, a small carving used to suspend tobacco and money pouches from the belt of the kimono, was one of their main sources of income. Westerners began collecting these finely detailed carvings and Japanese craftsmen started to shape their carving towards Western tastes. This led to the development of...