Danny Amazonas is a Taiwanese artist who is best known for creating brightly coloured art quilts, which have been described as a ‘combination of realism with an almost dreamlike quality, unlike anything we’ve seen in the quilting world’.
We are excited to present a collection of Danny’s quilts at Festival this year, which demonstrate his Freehand Patchwork technique. Unprecedented in the field of fibre art – it was developed by Danny in 2012. An unorthodox technique, whereby the beauty of the original textile designs is fully expressed while freely interpreting the image; something that couldn’t be achieved in painting.
Using just a simple rotary cutter, layers of overlapping fused fabric and raw edges is something traditional quilters rarely do. Every piece of artwork is machine sewn with invisible thread with free motion stitches.
Danny was a professional floral designer in the 1970s and worked with mosaic art in the 80s but didn’t try sewing until the 1990s when he retired from business to care for his aging father. Danny then discovered the art of quilting and the joys of colourful fabrics, and his work eventually evolved from mosaic patterns into free-form quilts.