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11:11 am - Invitation To Be Part Of Our Crowd-Sourced Kimono!
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In the spirit of Amanda Palmer's new book "The Art of Asking" ~ which is being released on 11-11 and inspired by her TED talk, we want to invite you to be part of what she'll be wearing on the tour! Basically, I am making her a crowd-sourced kimono (which surely many of you who are going to Amanda's book signings may ultimately be getting hugged in).

Do you have an old band t-shirt, or other nostalgic, yet part-able with clothing/fabric item (I'm thinking shirt weight for the most part ~ nothing too heavy or bulky ~ and at least 12" in the smallest direction) that you'd like to possibly have incorporated into the patchwork design? If so, you can send it to: (EDIT: Deadline has passed, thank you to all who sent things in!)

*BONUS POINTS FOR FRESHLY LAUNDERED*, but please make sure it's clean before sending (thank you!) :)

The book tour starts November 10th, so I'll need to begin working on this as soon as possible. Please mail the piece/s you'd like to submit for possible inclusion to arrive by October 2Oth. If more arrive than we can use, we'll figure out something fun to do with the extras ~ perhaps they'll show up at a future Amanda show in a giveaway box to spread the love amongst her fan-family, or be donated to the costume department at Bard for students to create with. If you have a little story to go with the shirt/fabric, please feel free to include that as well because a.) I get inspired by the energy & stories behind pieces while making things, and b.) if it isn't used, it would be nice to try & keep the story with it for its eventual owner to discover... Safety pinning it to the fabric would be awesome, and if you don't wish to include a story/memory and want to let it remain a purely aesthetic, enigmatic mystery, that's fine too!

Just to give an idea, here's a panel skirt I made with an old Cure "Disintegration" t-shirt:
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And here's the purple metallic kimono I made for Amanda's NYC New Year's Eve "Purple Reign" extravaganza:
kimono-purple

Combine those ideas with the patchwork image above (from "Jugend" magazine, circa 1900) and you'll start to get the idea :)

I'm looking forward to seeing what you send & thank you for helping me create something special for Amanda to wear so she can carry a piece of so many of you with her as she embarks on her first-ever book tour.

~ Kambriel

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Amanda's blog post about the project: http://amandapalmer.net/blog/20141003/

UPDATE: You can see pictures of the completed kimono here: http://kambriel.livejournal.com/354216.html

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From:rivervox
Date:October 3rd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
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This is a wonderful idea. As I said on twitter, I have an old dressing gown (jersey fabric, white & light blue stripes with vines of roses) from my honeymoon that is falling apart and I can't quite let go. I might want to keep part of it in case my kids have a project, or I make a pillow. If I want to send a square of it, what dimensions would you need? Thank you!
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From:kambriel
Date:October 3rd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
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This would be lovely, thank you!

Yes ~ definitely feel welcome to just send part so you can still have some on hand due to its sentimental nature for future projects. I won't know exactly what proportions I'll be using until I can see exactly what/how much I have to work with, but if you can find an area that's sturdy & at least 12" square (or a rectangle that's at least 12" in the shorter direction), that should suffice :)
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From:ali_kira
Date:October 3rd, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally sending something -- and putting it in the mail today. I'm in Canada so it'll take a while to arrive but hopefully I can get a decently fast shipping method (we can hope!).
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From:kambriel
Date:October 3rd, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful! There's a little more than 2 weeks at this point, so it should be able to get here in time :)
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From:Gina Bass
Date:October 3rd, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)

For the kimono

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My lightweight purple polyester velvet wedding dress en route from UK because...well, neither of my girls seem interested in it. Use as much or as little as you like, just make use of it. xx
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From:kambriel
Date:October 3rd, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)

Re: For the kimono

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Oh, that will be lovely ~ thank you for being willing to share it for this!
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From:Meghan Coulter Nelson
Date:October 3rd, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)

Purse

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I think I have the matching fabric purse to the wedding dress of mine she wore for
"on an unknown beach." interested?
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From:kambriel
Date:October 3rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Purse

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That could be a really lovely piece to incorporate somehow as a connecting thread...

p.s. Could you let me know your email address? Amanda would like to send you a copy of the book!

Edited at 2014-10-03 08:12 pm (UTC)
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From:starfruitmuffin
Date:October 3rd, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh noes...in south america and post office won't be open till monday!.But I still will try.
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From:kambriel
Date:October 3rd, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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That still gives a couple of weeks, so it should hopefully be o.k. timing-wise... Thank you!
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From:lonelyinheaven
Date:October 4th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
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If I can find them (6 moves in 5 years means things go missing) I have a pair of pjs in disrepair that matched my first girlfriends that I've been holding on to for sentimental reasons. Time to send them away.
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From:kambriel
Date:October 4th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Good luck on the unearthing of them!
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From:jujyfruit0
Date:October 4th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
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I would very much like to participate...I'm a knitter, I don't suppose you could use a sturdy knit 'patch' of sorts? The edge can be made nice and sturdy for seaming. I could even incorporate a design if that's of interest...I know that's probably not in keeping with nostalgia part of the project, but thought I'd ask anyway :)
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From:kambriel
Date:October 4th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
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It may not have past nostalgia, but it would certainly have sentiment and love :)

I was originally thinking along the lines of shirtweight types of material, and don't know what the proportions of the pieces will be 'til things start arriving... I'm going to be serging all of the pieces together, so my concern would be that knitting may unravel after being cut by the serger blade depending on the weave & I wouldn't want that happening to your work.

The one thing I can think of off the top of my head, is if you wanted to do a patch with a nice edge that I might be able to make into a literal "patch pocket"... maybe sized for a phone? Design-wise, you're of course welcome to follow wherever your inspiration takes you!
From:Lucy M
Date:October 5th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)

I might be too young for nostalgia...

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I'm only 22 :P

But I love Amanda Fucking Palmer and I CANNOT wait for her show in Chicago. I'll dig around in my dresser, I think I have just the shirt for this.

Or! Could I send in a wrap / skirt? You can cut it up if you want to. I have this old kariza wrap that was *my jam* in high school, it was so pretty and it was one of, like, three clothing things I owned that weren't from Wal-Mart. I felt like a total faerie princess in it, not in a childish way but in a, "Tatiana: here to fuck you up and look bamf doing it" kinda way. Anyway, it's too small for me now and the edges have holes and stains, but the middle of the fabric is still pretty.
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From:kambriel
Date:October 5th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)

Re: I might be too young for nostalgia...

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You're never too young for nostalgia ~ the skirt actually sounds fantastic and I really love the way you described how it made you feel wearing it in high school :)
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From:Line Kortsen Kristensen
Date:October 5th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)

Satin and Sheer

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Hey Kambriel!

I would love to contribute to this project! however since I'm sending my fabric from Denmark I would like to know if a skirt made from one layer of satin, topped with a layer in a sheer fabric with metal embroidery, holds any interest for you?

Hope to hear from you soon :)

- Line
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From:kambriel
Date:October 5th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Satin and Sheer

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Sure ~ I might be able to use it as an overlay piece. Thanks for asking! :)
From:Susan Adsett
Date:October 5th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)

Bark Cloth

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I have a piece of Ugandan Barkcloth I picked up years ago when I volunteered for an NGO in east Africa. It's made from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree, pounded flat. It looks a bit like leather, but is much lighter and softer (about the same heft as lightweight woolen suiting). Would you be able to use it?
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From:kambriel
Date:October 5th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)

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I think that sounds lovely and the history behind it is so special too. Definitely feel welcome to send it ~ if you want, you can even just send part of it in case you'd like to hold on to some for sentimental reasons (or perhaps a future project for yourself!) :)
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From:humglum
Date:October 6th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
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I may have something(s). I'm currently off in the woods, but will check what there is when I am home. I will also clear fabrics before I send anything, though I don't think anything that I might have is any heavier than perhaps a lightweight cotton velveteen. Nothing that would require a needle change, anyway. I've been getting rid of a lot of clothing lately, but there are things one cannot just bag up and send off to Savers or Goodwill...
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From:kambriel
Date:October 7th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for being off in the Autumnal woods!

It's funny, because I was thinking sometime I should send you one of my giant personal scrap lots... I think you'd have fun finding odds and ends to use for your own projects :)
From:Sharon Reine
Date:October 7th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)

material

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I have a pink satin piece w pink beading & some pink sequins originally planned as the center panel in a wedding dress. wedding never happened and we've had this ( + lots o pink silk satin) lying about for a v long time. Think this might be something u can use? ( about 2 yards by 18 inches wide)
will mail Wednesday from canada
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From:kambriel
Date:October 7th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re: material

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There's a chance I'll just be using smaller pieces of the various fabrics, but if you want to send more just in case and it doesn't cost too much shipping-wise for you, please feel free ~ I'll better know the possibilities once everything's arrived and I start coordinating all of the various colours/textures together :)
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From:penguin_girl
Date:October 7th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)

sent today!

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I just sent you a black tshirt out today! The note is a little long, but it's all washed and shiney! (the tshirt, not the note) I hope you can use some or all of it.

DOH! I just remembered a bridesmaids dress I can't get rid of - it'll be boxed & send tomorrow. Nothing horrible, just a plain red spaghetti strap dress.

I love the Disintegration T dress!


Edited at 2014-10-07 09:30 pm (UTC)
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From:kambriel
Date:October 7th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)

Re: sent today!

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Wonderful ~ I look forward to seeing them! And thank you for the compliment on my Cure re-vamp :)
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From:lunapoppy
Date:October 9th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if I can manage to part with my old Cocteau Twins tee. I know Amanda loves them. I would hate to send it and then have it not be used. Hmmmm.
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From:lunapoppy
Date:October 9th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I also have larger sized remnants of some amazing vintage silk velvets. I will see if I can get a package out today.
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From:gothcupcake
Date:October 9th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Kambriel, I have been a fan of your work since discovering Gothic Beauty for the first time over a decade ago! I am so excited about this project and have the perfect shirt to send. I'm mailing it out today priority, so I hope it reaches you in time. A shirt that I personally feel gives me super powers to contintue to create and inspire others to do what they love, I hope it adds to the magic of the kimono. <3
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From:kambriel
Date:October 10th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
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Thank you! With Priority, it should get here well in advance, no problem. Adding to the magic (and sentiment, love, and connectedness) is what this is all about :)

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