Friday, 12 December 2014

Recycled/Reformed Sweaters

I dropped by a box of old sweaters at Jun and Mixer's place a few months back. Some of them hand spun/knit and have lost their shape or I'm bored with the collar etc. Others are cheap uniqlo impulse purchases on a cold day.  Jun cuts them up and  makes something more exciting out of them.  What a great service. Jun's sense of space and emptiness is very Japanese. I have another wedding on Saturday and wanted something  formal and elegant. The black and grey together do the trick.





Hiro picked up a recycled/reformed sweater beauty the other day as well. Could there possibly be a sweater on the planet that  could look better on this handsome guy? Winter hit suddenly a week back. A few days of strong winds and the leaves were off the trees. Some heavy frosts and even a snow flurry. Time to hibernate in this drafty old place. Bears with cool sweaters. 



Mixer's hand stitched blankets are works that need time to absorb. The message is slowly released.  The red sashiko threads run like blood in arteries throughout the work. Hundreds and hundreds of hours spent on a single piece. 
Mark has a sign in his workspace: "No Commercial Potential." He was leaving last summer and I had to steal away and take him to meet my friends. The thought that they would not have met seemed an injustice to the universe. You know that feeling when you start crying and not understanding why? Then you realize that it  because all is right, there will never ever be a moment like the one you are in and nothing is better than a few precious moments with friends. 

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11 comments:

  1. How handsome you look both in your new outfit. What an excellent idea to use old sweaters in this way. And those blankets are beauties and so special.... all the work , all the emotions all those memories
    Btw i am so glad that Caroline comes to your workshop i will ´drink´her stories when she is back in France

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  2. When I think of all those tiny stitches, I am truly awed. What a wonderful way to renew older textiles!

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  3. The sweaters are so good. And I love the blankets. I just wish the little videos were longer! Thank you for a lovely post- so atmospheric to hear you describe the weather closing in.
    Claudia

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  4. I love the blankets-so cozy and beautiful

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  5. the blankets are beautiful, they must have a lovely texture. Are they silk? The red stitching is icing on the cake!

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  6. Hi Jean, Some silk but mostly cotton and the occasional piece of linen.

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  7. beautiful old and new together, no wonder you were full of joy.

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  8. a blanket to dream underneath.
    the sweaters give a new dimension to boro.

    and yes, i know that feeling.

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  9. Thanks for sharing. It's such an emotion to see you all working inside a space of passion for japanese clothes, we feel so much " with you"...

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