Friday, 18 August 2017

Greetings

I've been busy creating more kimono card sets for my store and here is the latest addition. Each card uses a pretty swatch of vintage Japanese kimono fabric and this set uses a colour palette of reds and pinks.


The card below combines two different fabrics in pink and red. I love the stylised flying storks that seems like an abstract design until you look closer.


 I love the colour combination of the red and orange below and the beautiful stylised blossom designs.


I sell them in sets of three and each one comes with an envelope. You can find them in my store here.



Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cute as a button

It's been a while since I've created any kimono brooches, but recently I felt inspired to create this set of cuties. Each of my brooch sets comes in a trio, using vintage Japanese kimono fabrics in complimentary colours. For this threesome I chose a colour palette of purple, red and pink and it incorporates leaves and blossoms that are so iconic in Japanese design.


Each brooch has been made using a button mould which the vintage kimono fabric is attached to. I then hand sew a felt backing to each button brooch in a complimentary colour, and then a pin is hand sewn onto the felt backing.


These brooches look great attached to the lapel of a jacket or as decoration on a handbag.


You can find theses cuties in my store here.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Purple perfection

I've just added this purple stunner to my store. It's a handbag made from a purple and cream vintage Japanese kimono fabric with stylised images of chrysanthemums and flowing water, classic motifs used in Japanese art and design. You can find it in my store here.


I decided to add a vibrant turquoise blue cotton fabric for the lining.


The bag has a detachable chain handle which can be worn over the shoulder, across the body or tucked inside the bag and used as a clutch bag.


This lovely clutch bag makes a perfect match with the three purple silk scarves in my store which you can find here.




Friday, 11 August 2017

On ya bike!

This is the perfect pouch for storing puncture repair kit and snacks for the journey. It could also be used as a pencil case, makeup bag or gadget pouch.

You can find this purse in my store here.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kimono magic

I've just added a piece of magic to my store. This stunning decorative silk scarf made from vintage kimono fabric swatches from my collection, pieced together to create a patchwork effect.


I decided to use a pleasing colour palette of terracotta, cream and black in a variety of fabric weights and textures.


The scarf is double-sided, so that either way you arrange it, a stunning design will be showing.


 I love the combination of floral fabrics with geometric fabrics, and I've also included a solid black silk to help break up the colours a bit.


The scarf can be worn in many different ways and it's fun to play with different combinations.


It matches perfectly with the kimono handbag below.






Monday, 7 August 2017

Balinese Beauty

I've recently been adding some stunning ikat bags to my store. Most of those have used fabrics that I bought in the bazaars of Istanbul, but the most recent addition is an ikat fabric I bought in Bali a few years ago. I was lucky to spend a week on the beautiful island and was intrigued by the amount of local crafts that were produced there. Being a fabric lover, I was most intrigued by the textiles produced and I came home with some stunning pieces.


Ikat fabric has a characteristic blurred effect and this is created by dying the design onto the threads before they are woven.


 The beautiful turquoise colour caught my eye and I decided to use a contrasting mustard fabric for the lining to add a flash of colour when the bag is opened. The lining is made from a vintage Japanese kimono fabric. I love the idea of mixing the fabrics of two different cultures in one bag.


This bag has a short detachable chain handle that can be held in the hand, worn over the wrist or worn over the shoulder. You can find it in my store here.



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Citrus sensation!

Check out this summery little duo that has just been added to my store. It's made from a fabulous yellow and white lemon slice fabric that I bought in Tokyo.


The duo consists of a coin purse and tissue holder.


Both items have a lovely contrasting orange and white polka dot lining.
The coin purse is great for small change, but is also big enough to fit credit cards.


The tissue holder is a nice way to hold tissues in your bag.
The bright colours make it easy to find in times of need!

You can find both items in my store here.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Happy Monday

I hope a good weekend was had by all! Mine was fab, and after filling up on a hearty ramen meal at Shoryu on Friday night I headed down to Frome in Somerset on Saturday to catch up with my dear friend Roz. We've known each other for a long time, through the college years and into our time living in New York, and there was a lot of reminiscing to do over cups of tea and glasses of cocktails.

I also managed to rustle up another clutch bag made from the ikat fabric I bought in Istanbul. This one is made from a stunning silk pink and purple combination.


The colours are so fresh and vibrant and I decided to give the bag a deep pink cotton lining to match.


 This bag has a detachable chain handle which can be worn over the shoulder or across the body. If you'd rather use it as a clutch bag, simply remove the chain or just drop the chain inside the bag.


You can find this stunner in my store here.




Friday, 21 July 2017

Sumptuous scarf

It's been a while since I've added to my scarf collection, but I've been quietly sewing away in my design studio and have finally created a few more! The first to be added to my store is this sumptuous red scarf which is made from vintage Japanese silk kimono fabrics in shades of red, pink and cream. It's long and thin and can be draped around the neck several times.


The reds are my favourite colours as they add such drama to an outfit.


My favourite part is choosing which fabrics are going to be used for each scarf.


I love the classic stork design, found in so much Japanese art and design. The stork is the symbol of longevity and good luck.


Some of the designs I have used show the traditional Japanese blossom design or a more stylised version of chrysanthemums.

You can find this stunning scarf in my store here.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Incredible ikats

Last week I posted an image on my Instagram account of some beautiful ikat fabrics I bought a while ago in the bazaars of Istanbul. I already have a few stunning clutch bags made from these fabrics, but recently decided to create some handbags too.


I love the characteristic blurred effect of the deign of the ikat fabrics, but also love the stunning bright colours that can be created. The blurred effect is caused because the design is dyed onto the yarns before the yarns are woven.


This pink bag is made from a stunning magenta pink design and I matched the base colour and the lining to the colour of the ikat silk colour.


I included a hidden magnetic closure on each bag to help keep items safe. The magnet is hidden inside a cotton flap on either side of the bag.


This blue bag has hints of turquoise in the ikat design and I matched the cotton base of the bag with that turquoise colour. The lining is the same colour turquoise and the canvas straps are a blue to match the blue in the ikat design.


Both bags are lightly padded using a wadding called Dream Green which is made from recycled plastic bottles!


I also have this stunning ikat clutch bag in my store which matches the handbag. It has an antique gold clasp and detachable chain handle that can be worn over the shoulder or across the body.


You can find more incredible ikat finds in my store here.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Beautiful Balenciaga

On Friday I was very excited to go the Balenciaga exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Balenciaga was one of the most innovative and influential designers of the 20th century and had a unique and forward-thinking view of female beauty. Many of his clothes could be seen as conventionally unfeminine in their style, but he still managed to create garments that were stylish and attractive.


The stunning green dress above is a good example of redesigning the female form. He does not follow the contours of the body, but the dress is still feminine and stylish.


In his later life, Balenciaga continued to simplify his garments, using few seams and minimal decoration, like the dress above.


Balenciaga's training in tailoring set a high standard for his workrooms. Even an outfit that looks relatively simple has underlying detail that took hours to perfect. Many of the exhibits have an X-ray image behind them to show the detail that goes into each piece.


Balenciaga was influenced by costume from many cultures and the Japanese kimono was one of them. In the jacket above, he uses a t-shaped kimono cut which has been manipulated into dramatic folds by an invisible ribbon which runs the length of the sleeve and holds the gathers in place.


The dress above was also influenced by the Japanese kimono. It uses a kimono sleeve style, where the sleeve is cut from the same piece of cloth as the shoulders. He also adopts the obi-style belt.


The stunning red dress above was one of my favourite pieces. I loved the colour, but also the amount of work that went into designing it. Behind, you can see an X-ray image of how the dress was constructed and next to the exhibit is an amazing film showing the work that went into making it.


The exhibition continues upstairs where you can see the fashions of designers who have been influenced by Balenciaga in recent years. The outfit above was designed by Gareth Pugh who, like Balenciaga, likes to experiment with shape and volume, often using materials that are difficult to work with.


Emanuel Ungaro apprenticed with Balenciaga and his first collection consisted of understated shift dresses, inspired by the style used by Balenciaga.


Like Balenciaga, Issey Miyake also embraced innovative textile techniques and played with shape and volume.










Friday, 14 July 2017

There's not mushroom in here....

....just enough room for this lovely little mushroom combo! It consists of a coin purse and a card case made from a fab purple and pink mushroom fabric.


The coin purse is big enough to fit small change or can be used as a headphone case.


Each item has a bright pink and white polka dot lining that matches the pattern on the mushrooms.


The card case can be used for credit cards, business cards or as a travel card holder.


You can find both items in my store here.


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