Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Exhibition Kimonos

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.


K and S said...

happy birthday!

...Hane... said...

Happy B'Day Darling!!!
Those two kimonos are just great!!
I especially love this second one :>
Good luck with the reincarnations :3

Hot Fudge said...

Happy birthday Mel. Hope you have the most wonderful day. The kimonos are simply gorgeous!

Catherine Denton said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope it's filled with laughter, kind words and child-like fun!
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Susan said...

Happy Birthday!

Lilli boo said...

Happy Birthday, wishing you a beautiful day celebrating with your family & friends...

P.S. The kimonos are really gorgeous, look forward to see more of your inspiring work.

Tamakikat said...

Hope you had a great day.

These kimono are so beautiful. I especially like the 2nd one.

Look forward to seeing them reincarnated.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Happy Birthday Melanie, I hope you had a lovely day :-)
Those Kimonos are 'to die for'

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hope you had a happy birthday!! Kimonos are stunning - what a fun collaborative project!

Thea said...

Happy belated b'day! I'm sorry I somehow missed that part. I just tried to email you but it bounced. Yes, I like the top silk, floral one for you-know-what. Speak soon. x

Trish Goodfield said...

I hope you had a brilliant birthday. Just completed the survey, better later than never.

Red Hen (dette) said...

Oh I'm sorry to have missed wishing you a happy birthday. Hope you had a lovely time and all the best for a fabulous year!


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