Dana Jones is our speaker for October 11, 2017
To witness how the art of quilting can be both the cultural and economic focal point of an entire community, Dana Jones presents the “Quilts of Caohagan.” The quilts in this trunk show were all made by over 100 quilters on the tiny island of Caohagan in the Philippines, population 600. The quilters on the island work daily to produce quilts that are sold abroad. The income from quilt sales makes up 1/3 of the entire revenue of the island. The work of these extraordinary quilters ultimately funds food, education, housing, and other community necessities.
“Caohagan’s quilters are a testament to not only the power of quilting, but the power of community. Theirs is a lesson worth taking to heart.” On a journey through Southeast Asia and Japan, author and quilter Dana Jones experienced the tropical splendor of Caohagan and its quilting community firsthand. Her book “Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island,” details these experiences, with a focus on how quilting has become an integral part of the island’s economy.. “I was compelled to write this book by the many quilts I saw on Caohagan Island, each one a marvel of artistic expression,” says Jones. “They are unique, they are beautiful and they are art that comes from the lives and visions of the island’s quilt makers. I was intrigued by how quiltmaking started on the island through Junko Yoshikawa’s approach to teaching, which she prefers to see as mentoring as she works alongside the men and women who have taken up the art form. I was equally inspired by the quiltmakers’ stories, lives and supportive community. For a visiting quilt enthusiast, Caohagan is truly paradise.”
Distinctive is an apt descriptor for the quilts of Caohagan Island. The colors and patterns evoke the tropical environs, while the handicraft is of the highest caliber. Another unique aspect of all Caohagan’s quilts is that each one is washed in the sea and line-dried in radiant sun-light. The results are quilts that evoke a far-away place but retain a human touch to which anyone who views them can relate.
A 3 to 4-hour workshop will be held after the meeting in the Friendship hall at American Lutheran Church.
The cost is $25 per person, pre-paid.
Dana will show you how the quilters on Caohagan Island make their quilts using only the most basic of tools. You don’t need a sewing machine, just scissors, fabric, needle, and thread.