Wonder31 #8: Kimono

How are you doing with the Wonder31 series? Are we having fun yet? I'm really surprised that I've finished 8 prompts! Wow! That's a record for me. I am looking ahead and have vague ideas for wallpaper, darkness, light, chevron & circles. No idea yet for ten favorites. 

What direction did I take this prompt? This page spread is from a book I'm altering; the materials are heavy body acrylics, collage & neocolors. I built the page from the horizontal center line of imagery. It was fun to echo the colors and patterns of the kimonos in the magazines & brochures my husband brought back from a business trip to Tokyo a few years ago. I find it so interesting - the fabric, the patterns and the way that kimonos are worn and displayed.

Finding the  image of the peacock feather was serendipitous! A delicate natural object ~ harmony with nature. The mirror ~ perfection in decoration. Mustard yellow paper ~ from a paper shop in Tokyo. And if I understood the concept of wabi sabi, I might think that this was that. Four of the collage elements are hand-painted papers or papers that I had used to squiggle the brush to use up excess paint {some call these mop-up pages, I think}. For the paint, a nod to the indigo of the shibori dying technique. Per this shibori project at Design*Sponge, "Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo." 

I did some research and selected two videos for you today. The first is a discussion of the kimono and the second is a gallery exhibit of art deco designs in kimonos.

"The wrap dress is the most traditional form of dressing: It's like a robe, it's like a kimono, it's like a toga. It doesn't have buttons or zippers. What made it different was that it was jersey; therefore, it was close to the body and it was a print."
Diane von Furstenberg

Per Wikipedia, {paraphrased} kimonos are traditionally hand-stitched from from a single bolt of fabric called a tan. The kimono and obi {sash} are traditionally made of hemp, linen, silk, silk brocade, silk crepes and satin weaves. Further, choosing an appropriate type of kimono requires knowledge of the garment's symbolism and subtle social messages, reflecting the woman's age, marital status, and the level of formality of the occasion. You know the simple cotton swimsuit cover-ups or bath robes? These casual summer kimonos are called yukata. 

PS. Create some groovy art journal pages with me in my Groovy Grunge workshop. We geek out about creativity and acrylic paint and collage and how many different ways we can spin an idea. 

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