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"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower." ~J. Harrigan

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!

~ Kambriel

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Date: 2014-11-03 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildean-heart.livejournal.com
My goodness, that has turned out so beautifully, it's magnificent! The combination of all the eclectic patterns is so amazing, you could stare at it for hours!

I love the boas as well, that's a great way to make sure that nothing is wasted and carry on the journey and ethos of the project. It's certainly inspired me to try and do something with things I would otherwise give to a charity shop.

I got quite tearful spotting the bits I sent! I'm honoured to have been able to have taken part in such a fab project.

Date: 2014-11-06 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
All of the variations in colours/patterns/textures/prints really do make it compelling... I tried my best to arrange everything in a way that would have a sense of balance.

It meant so much to me that you sent some personal pieces in for this ~ thank you. It makes me happy knowing your spirit is in there!

And a cup of the tea you sent was by my side as I was making this post :)

Date: 2014-11-03 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Oh, that is truly a magical garment!
Thank you for including the pieces I sent.

Date: 2014-11-06 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Thank you for sending them! It's interesting, because before anything got started on this, I kept feeling like birds should be a part of it somehow...

Date: 2014-11-04 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldhalloween.livejournal.com
You should be so proud of this magical garment. Very moving and powerful. Thank you so much for sharing the photos and the stories.

Date: 2014-11-06 10:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
I think it came together really cohesively... there's a kind of peace to be found amidst the chaos. Thank you for taking the time to look & read through the photos/stories <3

Date: 2014-11-04 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] droxy.livejournal.com
how cool is this!

Date: 2014-11-06 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2014-11-05 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-kira.livejournal.com
I'm ever so happy with how that turned out! :)

Date: 2014-11-06 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you like it :)

Thank You!

Date: 2014-11-08 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightchaser.livejournal.com
Thank you for including part of my shirt! What a magical garment! I absolutely love it! You've done an amazing job and the scarfs are a great idea!!

Re: Thank You!

Date: 2014-11-12 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Thank you for sending it! I hope the people who end up with the boas enjoy them :)

Date: 2014-11-08 03:57 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (awesome)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
I love how you placed the light colors around the top of the kimono to frame Amanda's face :3

Date: 2014-11-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Indeed I did, and I love that you noticed!
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