“Ode to Kimono”
For 20 years I’ve incorporated kimono fabrics into my designs. The sheer beauty, texture and elegance of these unique fabrics have inspired me many times over. This time, I thought, it’s time for a window of their own. A window in ode of Kimono fabric.
It’s the vision that pulls my designs out of me. I see the fabric. I see the colours, and a story begins to tell itself. It was in July, after a visit to Kazari, a Japanese store, in Prahran that I first saw the vision. This is the story…
Hayley from Code Red Creative, had been making origami and displaying on instagram. I asked her whether she would make origami coursages from Kimono fabric for the window display. We collaborated on the design and the making. Using Hayley’s precision folding and my endless hand-stictching the origami flowers were born.
Two dresses. A dress to match: The same design in different fabrics, one long, one shorter. Each dress uniquely created using silk. Who best to finish one f the dresses, but Mirjam Aigner, an esoteric textile artist who works in her studio in the highlands of NSW. The other dress, and ode to kimono, patchworked from hand-painted, classic Japanese silk Kimono.
Naomi Aigner, Mirjaims daughter, a lover of origami anything, designed and made the paper Swan. A first for her. To keep it protected Naomi and I met halfway at Albury-Wodonga on the river, and did the ‘swan-swap’, driving the swan in glad-wrap 660 kms!
The anchor to the window, is a lamp from, Maryanne, the lampist. Maryanne recycles bases and uses retro fabrics to create quirky, unique and one-of a kind beautiful pieces, like this one. This lamp is upcycled and finished with a retro fabric, chosen for it’s bulbous shape and kimono fabric. Exquisite!
I am so excited. My reinvented shop, is now selling unique artists who, like me, celebrate the natural, organic form. Over the next year I will be introducing you to all the amazing artists who will be displayed and sold in my shop.