Exchangeable Kimono
"Breakfast in the Open Air"


It is about a table and a dress.
But how to wear a tablecloth? Look at the Exchangeable kimono and you’ll find it’s easy.
Kimono Reconstruction invented a tablecloth-kimono which is ready-to-wear, yet before you wear it, you can have an apple or other tasty fruit put on a printed plates. A connotation with Manet’s painting ‘the Luncheon on the Grass’ is evident.But the question is is always the same: how changes the textile meaning when it’s used in various ways? Is there any difference between a part of raw cotton with plates on it and a part of raw cotton worn by a person, even when it’s the same part of cotton?

"Kimono Nature"


A movement installation with roots in Butoh dance.
It's about the art of finding beauty in nature's imperfection, to accept the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. A tribute to cracks, passage of time, rust and frayed edges.

"In such a wild and desolate spot..."


Yarns for this Ki-mono I have collected from different countries around the world.. there is some feeling of madness that surrounds this garment... It has so much Wilderness inside and outside as the story is unfolding..
As taken from THE STORY OF PRINCESS HASE
From a japanese fairy tale when ...the faithful old servant Katoda came out, and bowing himself to the ground before his master, poured out the long tale of wrong, telling him all that had happened, and how it was that he found his daughter in such a wild and desolate spot with only two old servants to take care of her….

"Red Dragonfly"


A movement installation with roots in Butoh dance.
Dragonfly embodies a stripping away of all the beliefs that say we cannot do this or that, achieve a dream or goal, it is to remind us that anything is possible when we really get the understanding that we are part of Spirit and as such we have the power to manifest anything that we desire. Dragonfly is the keeper of dreams, the knower within that sees all of our true potential and ability to achieve dreams and goals.

"Kimono Exchangeable" during Ki-mono Experience exhibition opening


Matsushima


Matsushima, ah!
A-ah! Matsushima, ah!
Matsushima, ah!

Matsushima is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It consists of 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) and is considered to be one of the Three Views of Japan.
Matsuo Basho (1644–94), born Matsuo Kinsaku, was one of the greatest haiku poets of the Edo period in Japan. Matsushima was the chosen home of Bashu in the later years of his life. After his first visit to the islands, in 1689, he wrote the Matsushima poem as an expression of joy and adoration of their indescribable beauty.
People of different origins were asked to read the poem, thinking of a place or a person that left an indelible trace in their soul. They were free to choose the place of the reading and free in their expression.
In March 2011 the Matsushima area was severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. This work is our tribute to Matsushima.
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