The design concept is a study in the intrinsic charm of imperfection echoing the Japanese tradition of Wabi-sabi. It emphasises the natural progression in the life of an object, be it in the hands of nature or those it has passed through during it’s making and subsequent life.
These mishaps are considered fortuitous.
The structure and repeats are emphasised, drawing the eye to the human element of production and the beauty of structure. Seeing the moments in time as a printer stamped the fabric, block-by-block, contribute to the authenticity of the piece. These characteristics give the fabrics a compelling presence.
In contrast to other cultures where fashioning objects in precious metals was indicative of prestigious emblems of power or merely ornamental and incidental, in Japan the subtle luminosity achieved by the light dustings of metals created translucency, atmospheric effects of mist, clouds, of candle light and had a spiritual connotation. It expressed the mystic beauty and power of the sacred realm. Both literally and symbolically gold and silver represented light , it’s reflections, the natural cycle of day and night, of paradise and of enlightenment. And so the metals shimmer in fine “layerings” letting the fabric breath in a light and organic manner to emulate this inspiring aesthetic.