It's been a busy few weeks since the seed was planted here: http://kambriel.livejournal.com/353164.html to create a kimono for Amanda Palmer to wear on her "The Art of Asking" book & concert tour, completely out of crowdsourced fabrics mailed in from around the globe, but it is now complete!
Going back in time a bit to its nascent stage... Here's a partial view of some of the many "raw materials" which arrived:
Not knowing how much/what conditions/types of materials would come, I was concerned about how many I'd actually be able (or ~not~ able) to use. It was important to me that everyone who sent something in would feel represented, in gratitude for their generosity of spirit in sharing sentimental pieces of their past to create something new from the combined memories. I'm thrilled it worked out so I could use at least one piece from *everyone* who sent in something that arrived by the deadline. I quietly extended the deadline a few days before piecing things together, so ones that arrived 3-4 days later were also incorporated into the finished piece.
Everything was cut into cohesively sized squares. Some were a bit too delicate on their own ~ in those cases I combined them with other delicate pieces, often as sheer overlays, or reinforcing them on the reverse. I thought this was a lovely symbolism for being supportive & giving eachother strength when needed.
I'd originally asked if people would perhaps include a note with the clothing/fabric, telling me something about their connection with the piece so I could draw inspiration from it. Little did I realize just how much extra magic this would bring to this project. There were stories of happy memories, childhood adventures, comfort in difficult situations, beginnings of relationships, lost friends, babies being born & nursed, hopes fulfilled, released pains of the past, community, inspiration, and above all ~ an abundant spirit of sharing and coming together.
Ultimately, I think the stories became the most vital part of this project ~ what really gave it its depth... Here are a few of the tales:
And here's what they, along with many more ~ joined together to become!
From the leftover pieces, I've made some fabric boas that Amanda can give away as gifts during the tour. I figured this would be a way to continue the cycle of giving, receiving, giving back...
Thank you beyond words to all who participated. It was so very gracious of you to share these parts of your past with us, and I hope you enjoy seeing them re-incarnated into a creation that shall be filled with many new memories & experiences yet to come!
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