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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:

And here's the purple metallic kimono I made for Amanda's NYC New Year's Eve "Purple Reign" extravaganza:

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

[Kambriel.com ~ Etsy ~ Twitter ~ Tumblr ~ Facebook]

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

Date: 2014-10-03 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivervox.livejournal.com
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!

Date: 2014-10-03 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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 :)

Date: 2014-10-03 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-kira.livejournal.com
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!).

Date: 2014-10-03 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Wonderful! There's a little more than 2 weeks at this point, so it should be able to get here in time :)

For the kimono

Date: 2014-10-03 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gina bass (from livejournal.com)
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

Re: For the kimono

Date: 2014-10-03 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Oh, that will be lovely ~ thank you for being willing to share it for this!


Date: 2014-10-03 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meghan coulter nelson (from livejournal.com)
I think I have the matching fabric purse to the wedding dress of mine she wore for
"on an unknown beach." interested?

Re: Purse

Date: 2014-10-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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!
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Date: 2014-10-03 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verna perdita (from livejournal.com)
Oh noes...in south america and post office won't be open till monday!.But I still will try.

Date: 2014-10-03 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
That still gives a couple of weeks, so it should hopefully be o.k. timing-wise... Thank you!

Date: 2014-10-04 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonelyinheaven.livejournal.com
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.

Date: 2014-10-04 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Good luck on the unearthing of them!

Date: 2014-10-04 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessica schwab (from livejournal.com)
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 :)

Date: 2014-10-04 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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!

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I might be too young for nostalgia...

Date: 2014-10-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucy m (from livejournal.com)
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.

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

Date: 2014-10-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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 :)

Satin and Sheer

Date: 2014-10-05 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] line kortsen kristensen (from livejournal.com)
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

Re: Satin and Sheer

Date: 2014-10-05 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Sure ~ I might be able to use it as an overlay piece. Thanks for asking! :)

Bark Cloth

Date: 2014-10-05 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susan adsett (from livejournal.com)
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?

Re: Bark Cloth

Date: 2014-10-05 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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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Date: 2014-10-06 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

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...

Date: 2014-10-07 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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 :)

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Date: 2014-10-07 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharon reine (from livejournal.com)
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

Re: material

Date: 2014-10-07 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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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sent today!

Date: 2014-10-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin-girl.livejournal.com
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 Date: 2014-10-07 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: sent today!

Date: 2014-10-07 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Wonderful ~ I look forward to seeing them! And thank you for the compliment on my Cure re-vamp :)

Date: 2014-10-09 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunapoppy.livejournal.com
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.

Date: 2014-10-09 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunapoppy.livejournal.com
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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Date: 2014-10-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothcupcake.livejournal.com
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

Date: 2014-10-10 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
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 :)

Amanda Palmer's kimono

Date: 2014-10-12 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] korée mathais (from livejournal.com)
I recently completed treatment for breast cancer & I'd like to contribute my hospital gown to Amanda Palmer's kimono. I'm currently traveling & won't be able to send it until Oct 22nd. I'm willing to send it 2 day UPS but it would still arrive 4 days past your deadline. Please let me know if you'd be able to use it if I send it that late. Thanks!

Re: Amanda Palmer's kimono

Date: 2014-10-13 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
First of all, congratulations on completing your treatments!

Date-wise, that might be too late, but ~just in case~ I'm still in the process of cutting things out then ~ if you want to send a smaller piece of it (perhaps a 10-12" square), you're certainly welcome to do so (just be sure to use USPS since the address is a PO box).
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material size

Date: 2014-10-14 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michelle (from livejournal.com)
Wow, this is such a cool idea, I can't wait to see the finished project.

I have been searching for the right piece to contribute over the past few days and I want to send it ASAP so it will be there in time! (I can send it superfast overnight speed if needed)

I have a question:

Would a long strip of fabric an inch or so wide be at all useful? Perhaps for a cuff, waistband, hem or something along those lines? I have a gold sequined cape which I've had as long as I can remember (my childhood "Queen Cape") that I still wear sometimes, and I wore it the first time I met Amanda. It would be awesome to give a bit of it to this project. But I don't think I can sacrifice a whole 12 inches of it, so I'm wondering if a strip would work instead?

Just thought I'd ask before I cut it up.
Please let me know, thanks!


Re: material size

Date: 2014-10-17 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Sorry for the delay ~ for some reason LJ notifications aren't coming through!

That's so sweet that you'd want to share some of your Queen Cape! I'm going to try and keep the pieces cohesively sized so a 1" strip probably wouldn't work (especially since after seam allowances, that wouldn't really allow for much of it to be seen)... Hopefully you get my response before you cut it! If you did, and already sent it, I'll of course see if there's some way it can be incorporated, but either way, I'm going to do my best to make sure nothing goes to waste :)

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Date: 2014-10-16 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] succubtch.livejournal.com
Finally got everything unlocked! Phew. Alright:

First of all, thank you for doing this. Immensely. I've been a fan of your work (without knowing it was YOU) before I ever even realized your stuff was dressing Amanda.

Managed to get one of our extra "CoA" shirts into the mail yesterday (freshly laundered, I promise, but we're definitely a pet-friendly home here, so I'm not sure all of the hair ever TRULY buggers off).

Our CoA is an online (and becoming real life, too!) group consisting of 12 amazing people from all over the country (and world!) who met via the AFP App well over a year ago now. In that time, we've come to know each other as friends and furthermore as a family. We know each other's children's names and everyone's birthdays. We provide support and advice through heartbreaks and headaches and all of life's other inevitable roadblocks, right down to offering beds to sleep on instead of having to stay in a hotel. We also have a healthy appreciation for the Art of Asking (and TMI, but that's another story).

So we, collectively and humbly, ask that if you can use our logo in any way, please do so. It would be a blessing and an honour to know that we helped to bring Amanda's kimono together in the same ways she's helped to bring us all together: at the seams.

*The design is an original drawing by my fiancé, Mykel.

Thank you again!!

Re: @MizzReeLoves//Kimono

Date: 2014-10-17 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Thank you for the kind words! And thank you for your persistence despite the issues you were having posting to lj ~ ironically, I haven't been getting notifications here for a few days either.

What a beautiful background story ~ I love that you all met via her app, and I'm sure Amanda will love to hear that too! I'm going to try and share all of these stories with her, so she'll get a good feeling for the background behind what's making up the kimono (besides the overall feelings of support, community, and generous open-heartedness!) :)

Date: 2014-10-16 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildean-heart.livejournal.com
I've sent you a package, can you let me know as and when it arrives? I don't think I signed the customs sticker because I was chatting to the man in the Post Office!

Date: 2014-10-17 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Oh, wish I'd known you were sending a package ~ I was actually going to enquire about a couple of things! I'll keep an eye out for its arrival :)

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Date: 2014-10-16 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twiggdragn.livejournal.com
Awesome idea!! I just sent out a piece of fabric yesterday that has a Tool logo on it. The tracking info says it should arrive by Saturday.

Date: 2014-10-17 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Great, thank you!


Date: 2014-10-17 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharon reine (from livejournal.com)
So how goes the project?

Re: kimono

Date: 2014-10-17 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Waiting on pins and needles to begin the sorting, cutting & piecing process! I'm forcing myself to be patient and wait 'til the 20th so I can see everything together at once as that will help with arranging & figuring out how big/small I should cut individual pieces :)


Date: 2014-10-18 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seagrrl-1.livejournal.com
I think my comment failed to post; apologies if otherwise.

Anyway, I just put a shirt in the mail today (Express mail, so you'll have it Monday, because I am the Queen of Procrastination.)It is something that I've had for a very long time, and that carries a great many memories and a lot of meaning for me.

And I forgot the note that I wrote (not the one with the shirt story - I paper-clipped that to the shirt, because I couldn't find a safety pin)to you, basically saying thanks.

This is an awesome project, and thanks so much for doing this and giving us the opportunity to submit items for possible inclusion!

Re: Kimono

Date: 2014-10-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Thank *you* so much for being part of it all! I look forward to being able to share photos when it's complete :)

Date: 2014-10-24 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] succubtch.livejournal.com

Curious to hear how it's going now that you've reached the send-deadline and can start organising/cutting. Hope you're having a lovely, heartfelt and tearsoaked time.

Date: 2014-10-24 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Going through the stories was really touching... I'm glad so many people shared those memories in addition to the pieces of fabric. It's wonderful knowing something about the background of the majority of the pieces and being able to put a story to each of them.

In just the first sitting, I spent 8 hours straight cutting through the various sizes and shapes of pieces to make them more cohesive & already managed to blister my hand from all the cutting(!). Luckily, now that everything's arrived (I allowed a few extra days just in case any mail sent beforehand was a bit late in arriving) I'm able to finally go into this full-steam ahead :)

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Project update?

Date: 2014-11-02 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharon reine (from livejournal.com)
I'm shure your blistered fingies are flying away over the kimono but wondered if u had time for an update on your progress. NO pressure. ;D !

Re: Project update?

Date: 2014-11-03 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Actually, I've been doing some updates on Twitter, including just-posted sneak peeks of the finished piece! :) https://twitter.com/Kambrieldesign


Date: 2014-11-03 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sharon reine (from livejournal.com)
C'est magnifique!
les beaux yeux d'un créateur!

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