I have always loved Asian art and the Art Nouveau era. What I didn’t realize was how closely connected they were to each other. The opening of Japanese and Asian cultures to the West in the late 19th century inspired the designers and artists of Europe to try new alternatives: dynamic lines, flat color patterns and stylized organic forms.
Needing a way to express my creativity, I came across a beautiful handbag made from vintage obi and kimono. Having no idea how to sew, I forged ahead, because I knew that I could create something of beauty. The use of these fabrics adorned with golden and silver threads, peacocks, streams and lush foliage gave me much to work with. It was as if the fabric spoke to me, giving me the ideas of how I should use them in my designs since I have an excellent eye for color and the ability to visualize the finished product before I began…
- Born on May 16
- Joined May 14, 2008