Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fabrics for Japan

Hello everyone! I have missed being online for the last week or so. This summer has been just plain busy! Jack is turning 15 in August and will be entering his Sophomore year in high school this Fall -- I feel his impending flight from the nest and am taking advantage of every minute to hang out with him. Believe it or not, he still likes me which I don't think is likely to last either...

That being said, I did manage to go through my collection of antique silk kimono fabrics to create 14 fabric packs to sell on Etsy.


You can find lots of vintage kimono fabrics at pretty good prices on both Ebay and Etsy...but I have always tried to find unique pieces that are hand-dyed, hand-painted or unique in some way. I had a lot of fun putting them together but it took me much longer than I expected it would. Check them all out here.

My absolute favorite package is what I called the Special Commemorative Sendai Pack which includes the fabrics that I used in my Sendai block including a piece of that super special hand-painted silk fabric with the bird and flowers.


I cannot tell you how exquisite, delicate and old this piece of fabric is...it's really quite something. Unfortunately, I only have one of these special packs so once it's gone, it's gone...

I am donating the fabric in full so that the entire sales price of all the items sold will be donated to the Crazy Quilt International Group and their Hearts and Hands for Sendai fundraiser. The money raised by that group will be sent to our fellow crazy quilting sister, Hideko Ishida (her blog is Wind from the East), who lives in Sendai and will be disbursing the money as she sees fit locally.

Evidently, I haven't been the only one focused on Japanese fabrics and art in honor of Sendai Japan.

Check out some highlights from Georgia Armani's Fall 2011 Haute Couture collection, Hommage au Japon ...




Isn't it great how he uses the smallest bits of exquisite Japanese fabric to such dramatic effect?



There's a lesson in there for me.


Love the black velvet lined with the beautiful silk patterns..


And the lines in this dress...


Exquisite.

And the headdresses! Millinery collages using ikebana and origami techniques...


And this "hat" just makes me smile...


And this tangerine and apricot confection...


Is as beautiful as a sunrise.

Next post I'll show you some other favorites from a few other of the Fall Haute Couture collections...there was lots there to inspire.

And don't forget to check out the antique japanese silk fabric packs for sale here in my new Etsy shop. Remember all moneys collected from sold packs will be sent to Sendai Japan.

Doomo Arigatoo Gozaimasu!

7 comments:

Ingrid Mida said...

When I saw the Armani collection, I thought of you. What a big heart you have to donate the proceeds to such a great cause. You are wonder-full!

coral-seas said...

How can anyone resist such a beautiful way to raise money. I think I got first choice :-D

I was very, very tempted to have your favourite pack with that exquisit fabric but I knew that I would want to copy your block if I did.

It was very difficult to chose from such a beautiful selection but in the end one whispered that it wanted to live with me :-)

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu

Marty52 said...

Two whispered to me! Love those dresses... especially the black one with the pleated "petticoat" peaking out the slits at the sides. Oh, well... at least I can look! ;0)

verobirdie said...

Aren't they gorgeous? And those hats! I'll make sweet dreams tonight.
Very difficult to choose one from your packs... You did a great job on them.

flower friend said...

I love the headresses from the collection. If only they had been around when I did a recent project' Sculpture to Wear' with my Year 9s. They would have taken great inspiration from them ........ maybe next year.
The packs you have made up are a great way to raise funds and the fabrics are beautiful.

decorelle said...

It's absolutely beautiful and inspiring !!!
I'm going to paint new watercolor

Rachel said...

Good to see both pattern and colour on the catwalk!

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