Occasionally, when presented with a new creative idea, I find myself addicted, obsessed and creating multiples, each new piece more exciting to me than the last. This was the case with the small origami kimono I was introduced to by a friend.
Fellow ARTAA member, Sandra, a creator of human-sized kimono, was relocating down state. It was decided that each member of our fiber artists’ group would make a mini-kimono block to be presented to Sandra as a parting gift.
As I made my first origami kimono, my “spazz brain” went into over-drive as I thought about others I could create from my enormous fabric stash, some treasured pieces dating back 50 years. I visualized that using a symmetrically patterned fabric would create a truly unique design.
I was on a quest which led to a two-month, long-overdue, sorting of EVERY piece of fabric I owned in my search for “mirror images.” I made “possible kimono fabric” piles which eventually materialized into a whopping 90 kimono, each one different from the others.
O.K., Nance, now what? I have shoe boxes full of kimono which will eventually become an integral part of a piece entitled “Washday in Tokyo.” In this crazy head of mine, the piece is finished. In actuality, it is not, but all of my fabric is beautifully organized. Nice bonus.