Mary Pal Designs

Next stop ... Beijing!

I am excitedly making preparations to take 10 of my art quilts to exhibit in Beijing next month.  The invitation came about because of a very special quilt artist there who I met when the wonderful Hsin-Chen Lin invited me to teach in Taiwan a few years ago.  Yuanshan Jin endeared herself to me right away with her beautiful smile, and though we didn't speak the same language, well ... we speak the same language (quilting)! She had the most stunning quilts there, made up of thousands of tiny organza squares folded into points or rounded petals:

She very generously provided all of us with jewellery made from this technique: brooches, earrings and rings, which we all sported proudly.

Miss Jin graciously teaching Sue and me her folding technique.  It took us quite awhile to foll one square properly ... look at how many petals are in our brooches!

Miss Jin graciously teaching Sue and me her folding technique.  It took us quite awhile to foll one square properly ... look at how many petals are in our brooches!

I have also been invited to bring along the works of five other Canadian quilt artists, so more about that in my next post!