I'm an Aussie who has returned from living in Japan for my second stint. The first time just wasn't enough! In the land of geisha I soaked up as much of the culture and inspiration from the papers and textiles as I could in my few short years in that gorgeous country before I came back to Australia to share my creations and in time to have my little baby girl.
I live to create. I started out my professional life as a photographer after completing my Bachelor of Visual Arts where I was lucky enough to study a number of mediums.
I fell in love with Japanese Kimono and Obi fabrics when I first came to Japan. I love their design, the colours and the symbolism of the motifs used. I would watch in awe women in the streets when they were dressed in the traditional wear. To me, it’s like seeing a fine piece of artwork moving through the everyday scene.
Sadly, my curvy body shape doesn’t match well with straight lines of the Kimono. Still I greedily wanted a share of these lush textiles. That was how Kimono Reincarnate was born.
I seek out these gorgeous textiles and turn them into items that can be more easily used everyday. I give new life to the fabrics in my own work, in jewellery, in bags, and sometimes also in clothes.
I travel back to Japan yearly to source vintage kimonos, following the antique markets around. I buy the gowns that have a mark or a tear somewhere so they can no longer be worn in their original form. I lovingly take them apart the then give them a new life.
My other non-fabric designs are inspired by the textiles, the design and the culture of Japan. I especially love the way modern and traditional clashes throughout the country, yet somehow still work in harmony.
I hope to inspire my customers with the combination of our gorgeous vintage fabrics, genuine friendly service and attention to detail.