Every time I look at kimonos I see something new’ Akira Isogawa
This selling exhibition and celebration of Kimono Design at Barometer Gallery in Paddington brings together personal Japanese collections by Sandy Edwards of Arthere and Casey Khik of Chee Soon & Fitzgerald.
It celebrates the art of the Kimono and Japanese textiles that adapt themselves to many forms of design.
What is there not to love about Japanese design? Add that to a classic kimono and you have an artform that has deep traditional significance in Japanese culture going far beyond the superficiality of fashion.
This from my friend Sandy Edwards
“I fell in love with all things Japanese when visiting Japan in 1980. I wanted to permanently sleep on a futon on tatami mat floors, drink gemmai cha (roasted rice tea) and eat pickles (tsukemono), sashimi and mochi cakes. Japan represented culture in a way I couldn’t identify in my Sydney life.”
The show features vintage silk kimonos including a shirokakeshita (white wedding kimono), stunning highly colourful designed yukata (cotton kimono), haori (short kimonono style jacket) and juban (under kimono). Also a range of antique and contemporary textiles perfect for adapting into clothes or pillow covers. Ancient fabric techniques include shibori, a resist dyeing method similar to batik, yuzen and katazome. Also used on kimono fabrics are weaving and highly sophisticated embroidery and beading methods.
The surprising boldness and eclecticism of Japanese fabric design will not be a surprise to those who have been following ‘all things Japanese’. For those who are new to it you are in for a delightful experience.
Open Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5
Dates 21 May – 2 June 2019
Tuesday – Sunday 12-5pm
13 Gurner Street Paddington
Contact Sandy Edwards Ph: 0402112755
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