Beautiful Japanese Pencils
| Quilt Notes:
Here's a new design reminiscent of the "pop-art" and "op-art" styles, beginning back in the art deco era in the 1920's and 30's and flourishing in the 1960's in the United States. However the pattern was illustrated in "520 Quick and Easy Patchwork Designs" by Kei Kobayashi (1993), which focuses on Japanese style paper-folding to produce endless variations. The compendium includes both Japanese quilt designs and American traditional patterns, as well as a good selection of brand new blocks derived from Japanese origami techniques. |
In regard to the three-dimensional aspect of the PENCIL POINT pattern and others like it, Kei Kobayashi says:
"Three-dimensional designs that offer a sense of depth and height are well suited to our modern, technological age. Shade gradations between light and shadow and a simple block motif can produce a sharp, highly technological design made with only simple lines."
For a selection of more op art inspired quilt designs at this site, have a look at the index included at Arrangement of Small Pieces. And for another exemplary 3D effect, compare with HANDS ALL AROUND.