Collaborations

Collage of Memories

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Collage of Memories

When they were little, my children used to be interested in everything that I used to do. Cooking, cleaning, crafting or sewing, anything I did they used to follow me all day long. It often made achieving anything a slow process. I miss that time very much.  These days my teens are not interested in anything that I do.  I feel a bit empty sometimes.  My eldest one is going to be 17 this year and she is slowly changing towards me, showing some vague interest in my projects. I wonder if my daughter will be interested in sewing with me this year?  I have...

You can dance and you can fight.

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You can dance and you can fight.

You can dance and you can fight You can be darkness or light Stand out or hide Receive extra strength or disguise your weakness Be in the tribe or you can be a loner Whatever you wish, you can hold the magic.

Etched Wichelen

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Etched Wichelen

Etched Wichelen  Softer than the Autumn bush rain and deeper than the calm night sea.  Gracing the hidden streets of this town, the Etched Wichelen knows countless secrets Like Obsidian silk overlaid on the divine patterned skin, every mark tells a tale of the past and possible futures. Shades of midnight ink are her incantation - read, spoken, sung or chanted, they hint at true power and elegance. Amulets and sigils lead her way, casting shadows of ancestral magic. Listen closely as the Etched Wichelen has many things to impart, though, these tails are not for the faint of heart....

HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

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HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

HINAMATSURI - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL On the 3rd of March in Japan, we celebrate and pray for young girls' growth and happiness. (boy's day is 5th May) There are sets of dolls of emperor and empress, three court ladies, musicians and ministers to celebrate the festivals.  When I was little, my parents used to set up and display the 9 levels of red shelves with those dolls. It takes almost a half day to set it up for about 1 week.  When my children were younger we were going to bring those Japanese traditional dolls into Australia and celebrate the day and...

My Grandfather's Tattoos.

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My Grandfather's Tattoos.

I still remember my grandfather's tattoos. When I was a little girl, I saw the tattoos on his back when he was having a bath. It was the first time and the last time in my memory of my grandfather's tattoo. I was so shocked. But they were mesmerizingly beautiful. I didn't know the real meaning of the tattoos at that time but I knew it was something I was not supposed to see nor ask him about even when I was a little girl. My grandfather was a very gentle man and was always very soft to me and...

IREZUMI

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IREZUMI

IREZUMI-Tattoo means eternal beauty and strength in Japan. But it also means taboo, the underworld and secrets trust in the dark. When folds and drapes create shades and angles it shows another dimension and story. I love the way BLACK hides some emotions and strengthens others. I love Tamara in our WATA Dress and the contrast of the graceful silhouette against her ink skin. Black reminds me of Tattoos, where ying and yang play effortlessly in their eternal dance. What articles of clothing or beauty possess contrasting meanings to you?

Mr Tuan and Trung

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Mr Tuan and Trung

I have known Mr Tuan and Trung for a long time before I started enlacasona 20 years ago. They have been enlacasona clothing since the beginning. enlacasona garments are not easy to make. It often takes time for them to understand how to construct the pieces. Over the last 20 years that we have been working together, they became like my family. Their children have grown up over time. To me it is their hands that created and supported enlacasona. Each garment has been carefully made by them and finished beautifully, their thoughts were sewn with each stitch. I just...

Public bath near our home

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Public bath near our home

Sometimes my grandma used to take my sister and I to a public bath near our home when we were kids. It used to cost us 30 cents each. We loved to go to the public bath with my grandma. In Japan it is quite common to go to a hot spring (Onsen or Sentou) in public. It has a great culture and atmosphere. Everyone washes themselves at small showers, before going into the large communal baths. Just before dark we would take our own towel and pajamas and go to a public bath near our home. My sister and...

Beautiful old sewing machine

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Beautiful old sewing machine

This weekend I picked up this beautiful old sewing machine from Brenda, @Thehouseofwindsor. She makes beautiful hats.I had been looking for weeks on ebay, gumtree and other online marketplaces.It was such a coincidence that the sewing machine that I have been looking for was from my friend Brenda. Or was it meant to be? My grandma used to have one of these SINGER foot operated sewing machines ages ago. I remember the sound of the foot going up and down rhythmically when I was a child. My grandma's machine is not as fancy as this one but I remember the...

HAND STITCHING

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HAND STITCHING

HAND STITCHINGWhen I see beautiful hand stitching, I just get so excited and the right side of my brain goes crazy. Tamara, from our creative team created this beautiful hand stitching work. She spent two hours hand stitching with this and I fell in love with it straight away. I just love HAND STITCH WORK.I can imagine so many things incorporating this intricate work. What can you imagine in this stitch work? 

My weekend

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My weekend

I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend! My weekend was pretty good. Between my work and family I was able to go to a pottery class. It's been a few weeks since my dear friend Paola and I joined the class. I have sometimes need to challenge myself to commit time towards the pottery class, because I have been so busy in my life trying to balance work and my family. How about you? How do you balance your time between your personal life and work? Once I get there, I really enjoy the atmosphere and the relaxed air...

PIECES OF JAPAN

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PIECES OF JAPAN

I have been seeking pieces of Japan recently. But instead of bringing a whole Japanese flavour, I have been thinking of some elements of Japan to reintroduce to Australian culture in a different way. These vintage Kanzashi - Hair Pins... Some are over 100 years old. They are beautiful and intricate pieces and are traditionally used of course for women's hair in Japan... But is it of course? What if we can use them in a different way? I have been thinking and thinking for a quite while ... But I still haven't got an answer... What can you see...