Modern quilts are awesome!
My friend, Kendra, is a quilter and her work is on display at the 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena. Hiro and I visited the show yesterday and were deeply inspired by the variety and depth of the works (and Kendra's awesome use of the flying geese pattern!). Some quilts are minimalist and subtle while others are massive, colorful, eye-bending spectacles. Quilts have so many layers of meaning: pattern, texture, color, stitching. I imagined these quilters at work, toiling away in bedrooms and basements around the world, creating their quirky, surprising, intellectual, avant garde, political statements. We laughed when the quaint, flowery, traditional quilt included the word, "Impeach", and paused when so many of the quilts in the youth category include pleas for racial equality and gun control.
I hope Taiko Conference can someday display this level of quality, and that our musicians can be as dedicated as these quilters. Inspiring work!