Melanie has done a blog tour of 'The Reincarnated Kimono Project' over here. The exhibition is held at Hanasho in West End and runs until April 30.
The above photos were taken by Melanie and are of my work titled 'Kiryu' after my first home in Japan. I had proposed to do a different work but a few days before sitting down to work on it I received sad news - Sunaga san (my first boss & father figure in Japan) had passed away. How ever hard I tried to work on my original idea it just seemed to look and feel empty. That's when I began to play with the vintage kimono fabric with Sunaga san in my thoughts. As he was such a thoughtful, gentle and kind man I was drawn to the softer, more subtle colours in the background of the fabric. Remembering conversations with Sunaga san, I carefully folded the fabric and cut an abstract tear shape to produce multiples. I love the fine details that are present in each little droplet as if they each hold their own special memory.
To read more about each artist involved and their thoughts and processes behind the works visit the blog tour here. Thea, of Thea and Sami has also shared her processes here.