Quilting Impressionist Landscapes: Noriko Endo
Since 1985, Noriko Endo has followed her passion and devoted herself to creating artistic, nature-inspired quilts. She chose quilting as the ideal medium for expressing her profound love of, and feelings for, nature, trees and blossoms.
A “deep feeling for trees” is what inspires her. The play of light through the leaves, the changing colours through the seasons, and the strength of mature trees all intrigue her. She uses colour in an exuberant way, similar to the Impressionist painters who often filled their canvas with light, shade and depth, and her work has been recognised for its likeness to landscape oil paintings with their textured, multi-dimensional surfaces.
“Trees are a recurring image in my quilts. I believe that a mature tree is one of the boldest graphic impressions that any human will witness in his or her daily life, and my work expresses this theme,” she says.
Quilting lines may be used to create shadows or to delineate leaves. Her work often incorporates a path meandering through the trees, which seems to invite the viewer to join Endo on her stroll. A spray of spring blossom or colourful autumn leaves lets the viewer share this Japanese artist’s delight in the colours of the seasons. Moreover, it is the particular quality of light coming through the trees that Endo captures best – the creation of a place of mystery and wonder where nature reveals some of her secrets.
Her technique, which she calls “Confetti Naturescapes”, allows her to capture the play of light and colour by using tiny pieces of fabric arranged under a layer of transparent tulle to create a dramatic effect akin to pointillism.