Artist Statement →
My first Kimono talks about how easy it is for people to misunderstand or misinterpret other cultures. I made my first kimono only using Japanese instructions. Even though the internet provides many translations I wanted to stay close to the source. This Kimono, though it turned out alright, is far from perfect. The mistakes were made because of my “western” state of mind and I’ve kept them to make this point exactly. Later the Kimono is used in a photoshoot where I show various “wrong” ways of wearing this kimono, not only to point out how easily cultures and traditions can be misunderstood but also demonstrating how flexible and adaptive it can be.