There was an exhibition at the Craft Fair featuring the work of Akiko Ike.
(I did make a video of her talk but it was too long to upload.)
Her method of stitching "Chiku Chiko", which is taken from the sound the needle makes as it is pulled through the fabric, is very simple but falls into that catagory of stitching that makes it very relaxing to stitch.
But it was Akiko's personality that shone through. She is irreverant and funny, has great style and this all shine though although she speaks no English.
It was the details that made this talk so interesting.
The fact that she couldn't sew as a child but came to it at 60 years of age and has been stitching every day since and she is now 74 y.o.
Her sewing box.
And the fact that she kept her cottons in a colander.
I can see why her techniques have become popular.
Here are some interesting links about her work. (lots of images)
These was also an artilce in Quiltmania Issue 100