Who was she to be?
Color is one of the most important pieces of art...the lack of it to the neon vibrancy.
This doll is designed with contemporary qualities...letting the beautiful fabrics speak for themselves.
Black. The outside of her kimono.
Black mat silk with this beautiful texture woven in.
Not sure if this is actually a dupioni...it has the most interesting circles woven into it.
Loved the tenderness of the stems...I felt this was perfect for her small hat.
The exterior is a piece of black vintage kimono.
Putting it together
At this point in my design process, it is more about letting go then controlling...letting my fabric choices and design find their point of meeting.
I love working in silk. The variety is outstanding and what it does naturally on its own helps a designer create their vision. It does take years of practice working with it, understanding the different weights, and the how to handle it while sewing.
Below, the kimono body completed. I did use a stabilizer to hold the voluminous shape that rounds out from the hips.
Sleeves ready to be inserted.
Blue Lotus complete.
Center section is made with additionally dyed paper adding in metallic threads.
Twigs are painted in a metallic wash and all is sewn to the hat base.
A special (African) circle bead is added along with linen thread embroidery to encircle it.
Tiny Japanese glass beads follow around the perimeter of the kimono...to gently guide your eye to notice the shape.
Side note: The kimono is designed so you can see the metallic thread "X" in memory of my Dad.