Pssst.... I'll tell you a little secret... it's my birthday today! In my inbox was the best birthday presents - a stack of really inspiring ideas for The Reincarnated Kimono Project. Thank you so much to everyone that has submitted, the creative thought put into them is really amazing. I've been buzzing all day! I'll announce the artists soon.
In the meantime, I'd like you to meet two of the other stars of the show. The kimonos that have volunteered to go under the blade and to subject themselves to needles, glue and all manner of things in the name of transformation.
Kimono number one. Let's call her Satsuki. If you look at her closely, she's a bit marked with age, but my oh my, those colours! She's also made with this old type of silk crepe that is so beautiful to the touch.
And if those colours weren't enough, there are also gorgeous origami cranes printed in silver over the top.
Kimono number two. She tells me her name is Yumiko. I ummed and ahhed about including her. She is just so beautiful, it's going to be hard to take her apart. She insisted though. She has some marks that means that she can no longer be worn. But really wants to go out and explore the world again, and says she'd love a new look.
She's adorned with flying cranes, detailed ones as well as stylised ones in silver and gold.
And with a gorgeous garden of flowers.
I'm so excited to see these two in all their new forms.