I didn’t plan this post, but because I’ve been unexpectedly popular when it comes to the restoration details, here I am! I started this blog 31 days ago, and I’ve already had 1500 some-odd people come and check it out. I’m floored. Thank you. I can’t believe people think this is that interesting, especially considering the–ahem–informal nature of my speaking tone. (LOL I say fuck a lot.)
What I really didn’t expect was the number of direct messages, comment chains where I link these, and emails that I’ve gotten asking questions about my process and what items I’ve had success with. I’ve spent half of my screen time since I posted my stain removal tutorial answering messages about it. (By the way! If you comment on the post, then everyone can see the answers.) And today is not different. But today, I was asked by a proprietor if I take referrals.
That’s not the first time I’ve had a “will you clean/restore my kimono?” related question. So I decided I should make a blog entry about it because I’m feeling particularly awkward instead of the usual amount of awkward.
Hey, Becky? Will you fix my kimono for me?
…well. Probably not. And it’s not personal. It’s a matter of time, resources, and distance in many cases. I’ll help if I can.
But I’ll pay you!
-Deep breath- It’s not about the money. I’m happy to help you by taking a look at your kimono, talking about the stain/damage, and making a collaborative effort to help you repair it. That sounds like fun, and I’ll do it all for free when my time permits me. But I’m not a business, I’m just a person. I’m not a museum, and my methods are guided but they are not always perfect and they are not risk free. I don’t have insurance to cover if something happens to your kimono while it’s in my possession–I wouldn’t even know where to start. I don’t always have access to materials that I would need to fix it faithfully. Not every kimono can even be made wearable again. And the biggest reason:
I have a pain disorder. It’s managed, and that I’ve started this blog is evidence that I’m doing better than I have in years. But I’m not cured. My medication I take to manage it makes me weak and tired sometimes, and that’s on top of the fact that it makes me sleep a lot to begin with. It’s not perfect, either. I still have pain episodes. I can’t really plan events, it’s impossible for me to keep a consistent schedule, and this is the best I’ve been in years.
Sometimes I can fix up a kimono very quickly. Sometimes it takes me years. Some of those years are spent learning how to be very good at an art form, sure. But some of it is spent in bed waiting for the pain to go away so I can at least get a shower and take care of my normal commitments. So if you send me a kimono you’re hoping that I can have fixed up for an event, that’s not a thing I can promise you.
And lastly, this is a passion project. I’m doing it because I love it. In my personal experience, the fastest way to turn a passion into a miserable time sink is to make a job out of it. I rather work to live, not live to work. I used to love computers, and I kind of still do. Then it was a job and ugh. Just UUUGGGGGHH.
So. Where does that leave you, oh person who bought a kimono that is in worse shape than you thought it was? Well! Like I said, I’ll still help you! Let’s talk about it. I can make whole posts just for your problem if need be. I don’t want to make anyone think I’m not accessable, and that I’m not interested in helping you with restoring your kimono. I just can’t be a drop off restoration service for you at this time. And if that ever changes, I’ll let you know.
So! TL;DR: I am not trying to start a business restoring kimono, and I am very unlikely to take yours in to try to restore it, but I’m very happy to help you with doing it yourself! Let’s talk about it! We’ll figure something out!