There are certain motifs that have always captured my attention. Of course you know the moon is one of these motifs but the other two that captivate me are water and cloud imagery. Who hasn’t laid back and watched the clouds move across the sky, felt the sun come and go across our skin…listened to the waves, a nearby stream, a roaring river or waterfall…seen the moon rise and fall? I like that these motifs are universal and shared across the globe regardless of where or who you are. It reminds me of life’s beauty, and our connectedness to each other. These things give me perspective.
I think this is why these nature based motifs have been given so much regard in design over time and space. Often each motif is imbued with a special meaning or symbology. I enjoy studying all the meanings behind the motifs and the cultures which bestowed these interpretaions.
I recently was very taken with old silk which had these images woven into the design. I purchased a couple of rolls of these silks from second hand shops recently with a few things in mind. First, to study them and then to create something out of them.
japanese vintage silk damask -indigo dyed
Aside from the cloud and water motifs, this one has bamboo, maple leaves and what looks to be cherry blossoms. Sort of covers it all! Originally, this sort of fabric was used for nagajuban -the ankle length under kimono which used the softest and finest silks worn next to the skin. The weight and design complexity of this silk suggests that it was to be used in a nagajuban worn for a very formal occasion. It has a beautiful hand and a lovely drape.
I saw moons in it of course…
silk moons for the supermoon
flowers on the moon-indigo and silk
I used a piece of this fabric for a nice indigo dyed scarf with diagonal ends and hand stitched hems- ombre dyed on one side. I think I will add an interesting bead to the two points…
I finally completed a little shop update that includes the following items- enjoy! Most items ship free with any other item. Now back to the studio to finish up a couple orders that need to go out asap!