About Masako Wakayama
Born in Tokyo and raised in Kawasaki, Japan, Masako Wakayama first discovered the world of quilting in the American Pavilion of the 1970 Osaka EXPO. Entranced by the beauty and variety of the quilts on display, Masako quickly learned to sew and subscribed to several quilting magazines as she began the slow process of teaching herself to quilt.
Her unique quilting style draws its inspiration from the American folk aesthetic and blends these traditional elements with embroidery and crochet. Masako is drawn to the American flag by its design and its history. The original was fashioned using quilting methods, and she is inspired by the powerful women who made their voices heard in that tumultuous and historic era. Her personal work features tri-color tones of red, white, and blue.
In 1987,Masako opened a studio and storefront, Crib Quilt, which she named after the first quilt she made for her daughter Emi. Over the last three decades, Masako has carefully honed her craft and is now a world-renowned quilting expert who also specializes in crochet, EPP, punch needle, applique, cross stitch and embroidery.
She and Emi travel the world teaching workshops and participating in exhibitions. The author of ten books that have been translated into French, Chinese, Spanish, Thai and Korean, Masako considers sharing her work one of her greatest joy in life. Together with Lecien, a Japanese fabric company, Masako has been perfecting her fabric collection "American Country" for two decades.
One of the things she loves most about quilting is the community it creates. Embracing the power of quilting to bring people together, Masako has created a quilting circle that extends beyond borders. Her work is featured around the world and her travels have not only given her the opportunity to showcase her creations, but also have provided a community that is the foundation of her evolving artistic vision. Masako has described “America” as her teacher in quilting, due in part to the lifelong connections she has built with quilters in the United States.