Meet the Artist
During my seven-year stay in Japan as a college administrator, I became immersed in Japanese culture. Richly embroidered silk kimonos, brocade obis, elaborate wedding robes, bright christening gowns – they all fascinated me.
My lifetime interest in textiles led me to collect these beautiful vintage kimonos. Not content to leave them in drawers, I began to create one-of-a-kind garments for myself and friends.
Fifteen years later that’s still my passion. Now I design for boutiques, galleries and even the Smithsonian Gift Shops. My biggest challenge was producing 1,500 items for the cover of their 2011 Holiday Gift catalog.
I give these vintage kimonos new lives as hand-crafted jackets, handbags, scarves and neckties. It brings me joy to use surface designs and dyeing techniques to enhance these authentic textiles to create elegant apparel just for you!