The Dreaded Origami Kimono Addiction

kimono 005kimono 006Occasionally, 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.

4 thoughts on “The Dreaded Origami Kimono Addiction

  1. Ms DiDonato, I too have a fabric stash AND a daughter who loves anything Japanese (have even made her furisodo-trivia, kimono means ‘something to wear’) The Origami Obsession is delightful. As is your ‘Washday Quilt.’ How can I find the instructions for the mini-kimono?

    • Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I never had printed instructions for making an origami kimono. It was taught to a group of us by a fellow member at a meeting. After making so many, I can now make one in my sleep. The Wash Day in Tokyo art quilt is underway, hopefully finished for a June quilt show. I intend to hang the kimonos from a series of clotheslines, fastened with mini clothespins. Yes, I’m having fun!

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