It is close to a year since I was last in Japan, there the Ginkgo trees are found in lots of places, as street trees where they are young, contained, pruned and grow quite straight.
In temple grounds where they are ancient specimens, propped up, fenced off and protected.I love the fan shaped leaves and the colours as they turn in Autumn.
I love how easy it is to use it as a motif in design.
There is this talented textile print studio, Ink and Spindle in Melbourne that has translated this motif so well......
I have been making cushions out of their 'ginkgo' range, some for presents for friends living overseas and one for myself to keep! I have inserted invisible zips in the seam and sewed up the corners to create the box shape. Easy!