Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I finish my work at shop today. This year, I have had a great time with my accompany through a tiny shop(space).
Holding my hope, I will have a holiday with my daughter in Japan.
Our life is always "up and down" I am always learning how combine our ideas, how compromise betweens, how make a great harmony ..in my Brisbane life.
Usagi-doshi(Rabbit year)'s feature are;
combine our ideas for looking for the best way,
prioritises "human being right"
I will keep trying to show some sense of value for "Japanese beauty" with my accompany.
Japanese vintage kimono beauty - why I have been making vintage kimono bags and others with vintage kimono. Because I can show Japanese beauty such as the four seasons, landscape, architectures, cultures easily on Vintage kimono textile's patterns.
Japanese vintage kimono beauty - 3R remake, recycle and revival, this challenge will keep in my mind.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2011!
(Illustrated by Akiko Fujii - my youngest sister)
All things has "FIRST STEP"
Once get your first step, it will produce some future...
Thursday, December 16, 2010
2011 is "Rabbit year" Hope we will be able to have a peaceful time and happy luck!
I made maybe about 50bags in 2 weeks. I was wondering if I am a kimono killer or kimono saver as a recycle works.
Anyway, tonight(actually midnight!), I made a bag with Taisho period(1910-) formal kimono.
I often talk about TOMESODE(EDOZUMA) and trade at my shop too.
I 100% fall in love in TOMESODE world this year. It's not bright such as Bride wedding gown, but there is a some mature beauty there such as mature lady! The picture's flowers in a Fan is not looks like an old fashion, it's modern and how beauty it is!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
They were so cute!!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hi, As you know I am making the vintage kimono bags at shop and studio at home.
However, nobody knows how much I need time for preparing the textiles.
1. looking for the vintage kimono in Japan - I, myself and my parents to get the textile from country side, small solo trading shop. Because the balance of kimono's price and condition is very important for supplying the bag with reasonable price, If Tokyo, Kyoto, please pop in the markets. Also I am an analogue person who wanna check the quality with my eye, so visit the place!
2. unpicking without any damage on the textile - it's like a mediation for me!
3. wash - some kimono can wash, some kimono should not!!(I had many disaster's experiences)
Please do not use hot water, easy to shrink!!!
4.dry - hang up under the shade until half dry.
5. iron - when half dry, start to iron over the thin textile(the picture's case were using a towel and a thin textile for keeping nice Shibori pattern(3D).
So, now it's time to cut the textile for making kimono bag, bear, brooch....
By the way, Christmas is coming soon, For the Christmas gift, now the last timing for taking customised order(I will take the order until 3rd of Dec). If Brisbane people, please pop in my shop. Otherwise, please send an email to email@example.com
Saturday, November 13, 2010
When ; The 4th Dec 2010 (Sat) from 11am
Where; Richard Randall Studio, Mt. Coot-tha Botanic garden, Brisbane
Any inquiry ; please contact 0405 402 340
Tea ceremony by Haruko and "Aya green tea"
And also The 1st Dec(Wed) to 5th Dec (Sun), Christmas's Bazaar for fundraising the garden, The art, craft and others. It will be a chance to buy The Christmas gift! I will join as a vintage kimono artisan.
Any further information, please contact to me 07 3368 1510 Kazuyo's collection(Weekday 10am to 4pm).
Friday, November 5, 2010
The top picture's bag were made with Tomesode's sleeve(Family crest) and a 100yrs vintage kimono sash(Obi). The bottom picture's were made with Tomesode.
These bags give you some idea about Japanese four season's plants and landscape too!
(Sorry I still use my mobile for taking picture. So not enough to enjoy the pictures)
There are more TOMESODE kimono bags at Kazuyo's collection now. You might feel Japanese traditional dress code too!
Here is an information from the one of my accompany at Kazuyo's collection, Jenny who makes the beautiful resin jewellery.
She will have an Exhibition "the cousins' collection" with her family who are very talented for paintings.
Date: 27 Nov (Sat) to 1 Dec (Wed) 2010
Opening night 26 Nov Fri 6pm to 10pm
Place: Circle Gallery at 274 Montague Road West End QLD
Artists: Rhyl Henzell, Jenny Henzell, Bronwyn Searle and Philip Gough
Saturday, October 30, 2010
3 days Frog Art and Craft Exhibition
Koyomi Waki is the host of this fundraising event. She is one of artists too!
She popped in my shop a couple of months ago. She lives in GC, the day was the opening night of her group exhibition at Paddington.When she came she bought a kimono(Haori) for wearing at the opening. Until then, I have no idea about our common point. When she left my shop, I gave my business card. As soon as she found a word"Frog" in my email address! Just surprised firstname.lastname@example.org....
Anyway, the story is personal, but the following is the official information for the frog exhibition.
Please visit her web, you might know how she likes frogs!! lovely frogs are there!!!
Fundraising exhibit of frog-loving artists
Opening Reception: Friday, 5th November, 6-8 p.m.
Open days: Friday night, Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th (9am – 4pm)
Location: Sculptor Society – 173 Ashmore Rd/ Carrara St, Benowa Qld 4217
Save the Frogs Art and Craft Exhibition is a group fundraising exhibition of local, frog-loving, emerging artists that want to help the national frog conservation team SAVE THE FROGS! This exhibition is on view at Sculptor Society from November 5th to November 7th, 2010 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A reception to be held on Friday, 5th November, from 6-8pm, will be opened by Koyomi Waki – artist and art educator and Dr. Jean-Marc Hero - ecologist and associate professor at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia.
The truth is that due to habitat destruction, pollution & pesticides, climate change, invasive species, over-harvesting, infectious diseases and frog legs trade, frogs have become one of the most endangered species in the world.
This exhibition is an attempt to encourage public awareness to this tragic loss of our world and to encourage frog lovers’ support by purchasing frog art and craft and donating! 75% profit of all works will be donated to the Australian frog conservation specialist team.
Affordable and adorable frog art and craft – hand created by our local frog loving artists. Small to large, all artworks are suitable as gifts for anyone and grantee to liven up your home!
Koyomi Waki - host
Lee Reahardt and co.
Artists will be present at Sculptor Society (173 Ashmore Rd/ Carrara St, Benowa Qld 4217)
during opening hours to discuss their work.
Koyomi Waki : Arts Educator, Artist
Mb Phone: 0403 105 888; Hm Phone: (07) 5597 4313 Email: email@example.com
Website: http://www.koyomifroggyart.com/ - Project
Sculptor Society Opening Hours: Friday 5th November to Sunday 7rd November 9a.m.to 4 p.m. / Admission Free
Address: 173 Ashmore Rd/ Carrara St, Benowa Qld 4217
Monday, October 25, 2010
Date: 14 Nov 2010 (Sun) 9:30-15:00
Place: RNA show ground Auditorium, Gregory Tce, Brisbane
The teddy bear maker, Haruko is making 6-7 bears this time.
It will be a first time, 6-7 bears together!
We will also bring in Vintage kimono bags and Aya green tea & tea wares.
Please come and enjoy vintage kimono teddy world!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"How to wear Yukata(casual cotton summer kimono)"
Recently, there were a couple of inquiries about "how to tie Obi(Sash)".
It will be very hard for the beginner to wear kimono with the proper way.
I recommend, please learn how to wear Yukata first and you might wear your kimono with Yukata's way. It must be an out of traditional kimono way.
But maybe good for the beginners!
Please go to YouTube and search with "how to wear yukata"
There are a couple of nice video scripts.
The picture was the last year's event at Borders book store in Brisbane CBD.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Can you understand what I want to say?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The following is the Aya's green tea's special blend for Australian!! Taste is totally diffrent with the traditional Japanese tea. For the Japanese tea biginners, please try them!
No strange unique smell and taste.
We also have "Matcha powder" and "Sencha Powder". These are good for cooking such as the ice cream or the green tea cake!! The recipe is easy to search on Internet.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- The pine leaves with pink bag: made of Vintage kimono Jacket(HAORI)(1950's)
- The purple bag: made of Vintage kimono(1920's)
- Tomesode bag: made of a tomesode(Formal kimono)(1980's)
The shape of These bags has been popular in my work.
The reason is maybe..
- tied style - bonbon(balls) is made with the traditional style
- the 2 way - When untied, you can use as a TOTO bag(please look at a picture!)
Friday, October 8, 2010
I really wanna show the detail of timber and textile, but very sorry, the quality of picture is not enough to show it.
The timber is NZ Kauri pine tree which was used at the lobby of a lift in Broadway, Grace Brothers department store, Sydney.
A builder, my friend holds the timber and I asked to frame the gown.
It is a vintage collaboration between Japanese and Australian materials.
Both age is about the 100 years old.
Now the materials have revived as a picture.
Now, the picture displays at the window of Kazuyo's collection at Paddington, if you are Brisbane people, Please have a look the real one!!
About Grace Bros, a nice article and pictures, here , in the web of Historic Houses Trust.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Here are a couple of information
For kimono lovers
- Try to wear kimono and walk around Kyoto! "Kyoto kimono station" at Kyoto station has a rental kimono place with reasonable price, The photo service is also available.
- Kimono Museum(日本きもの文化美術館）Please have a look the following web(http://nmkb.jp/index.php/museum/ )!
Unfortunately no English site, but the museum displays kimonos(Edo to Showa era). Tohoku area is also beautiful place for Autumn leaves. If you visit in Fukushima, It will be a nice experience for the vintage kimono world!
This is the "TOMESODE" formal lady's kimono(The dress code of Japanese lady!) for married persons.
The main feature are; there are 5 family crests on the back, 2 sleeves and 2 chests / The pattern on the hem(bottom) of kimono / short sleeves
Saturday, October 2, 2010
At my shop, Customers buy kimonos as the following purpose.
- Full length kimono(Homongi, Tomesode, furisode etc) -As a morning gown, but mostly for hanging on wall
- Summer kimono ; As a sleeping gown / Original use as Yukata
- Kimono Jacket(Haori) - As a party gown with tights, simple dress / casual wear with jeans
- Kimono coat(Michi-yuki-gi) - As a party gown / As a top with loose belt
The picture is the one of my customer who wore the Kanoko-shibori's Haori(kimono jacket) with Han-obi(A half wide size of sash) herself.
Generally Haori is popular for my customer as a party gown. Otherwise enjoy with a textile string.
She asked me how to tie the sash and we tried a couple of times. she already got before the purchase. So quick learner!! She promised me to send a her "kimono debut" picture soon. As soon as I got, I will show you!
Hope she enjoy and learn more about "how to tie Obi" through maybe You-tube???
At the moment, kimono price as same as Japanese vintage(second-hand)market price.
Through my custmers, I am very intersting to introduce kimono cultuer in the daily life of Brisbane's people.
Used Kimono Jacket available from $30 / Kimono available from $80 at Kazuyo's collection
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Japanese painting（日本画） - Yoko Murakami Brisbane
Calligraphy（書道） - Yumi Brisbane
linocut - Francis Brisbane, Raquel Brisbane
Woodblock print - Nagao gallery Asakusa Tokyo
Kimono bear - Haruko Brisbane
Japanese contemporary textile craft(purse etc)- Double happiness(Keiko Brisbane)
Textile corsage - Atelier Apple
Newspaper brooch - Keiko's mother Japan
cloisonne(七宝焼）- Haruko's mother Japan
Sashiko picture, kimono craft works - Takako
Jewellery - Uminico(Yumiko Nii Tokyo), Marimo(Keiko Brisbane), Jenny Brisbane,
Kimono Jewellery - Kimono reincarnate (Melanie) Brisbane
And Green tea - Aya Green Tea (Aya Brisbane), Aya's family tea company, Shizuoka Japan
Special contributor(Volunteer staff!!) - Japanese vintage kimono, ceramic ware buyer - My parents
At last I am still loving vintage kimono recycle work as a vintage kimono bag maker!!
Next week also coming new works such as the lovely Wool felt chokers, earrings(Marimo, Keiko), Kimono picture with the beautiful vintage timber framing(Bloc Daryl O'Brien)
A tiny shop(workshop), but many unique artisan's work at Kazuyo's collection, Paddington QLD.
I appreciate very much for the past and current accompanies. Arigato!!! And please keep watching our works too!