I’ve just returned from a whirlwind holiday in Japan and now have a camera full of potential inspiration for patchwork and embroidery designs.
This week I thought I would share some of the Japanese storm water drain covers that could be seen in every town.
Unlike the boring, plain covers, that are found in Australia, the covers in Japan all tell stories about the city / prefecture where they are situated.
Before I left home I had been told to watch for these covers, but hadn’t expected them to be so attractive.
The group with whom I was travelling thought I was a touch odd taking photos of drain covers, especially when it was raining … but I didn’t care.
I’ve now got a collection of photos that I plan to convert into textiles designs at sometime in the future.
I can imagine some images reproduced as applique, while others would make great embroidery designs stitched out in Cotton Mako’ 12.
Even the street gardens had beautiful edges.
If only our local community services could be given such creative treatments.
I would love some feedback so please leave a comment to tell us which one is your favourite image, or suggest how I can convert one of the images into a textile memory.