Who is this Weirdo?
This weirdo is a thirty-ish American lady navigating a world of whimsical fuckery; both imagined and real. I know a lot about art mediums. I like to write stories and illustrate them. I like to restore and adore vintage and antique items–especially Japanese kimono and kitsuke items. That’s what you’re here for.
Do you sell your kimonos?
Not typically. I generally only buy things that I personally like or feel drawn to. I’m not trying to make money off of this hobby.
Will you sell me a specific kimono?
Can I borrow a kimono?
Will you draw my character?
Maybe. Send me a message.
Will you test a specific product for me?
Probably! Let me know what you want to see!
Will you teach me how to draw/use Photoshop/digital art?
Message me with questions. I can help!
Are you actually a lizard?
Some kind of rodent, actually.
I have a question/comment/concern/correction/complaint!
Neat. Message me what it is, or leave a comment where your concern is, and we can talk about it. We learn better together!
New FAQ updated August 22nd, 2021:
Where do you get your kimono/kitsuke items/OMG how do you find this shit?!
All kinds of places! One of my
unhealthy obsessions skills is searching for weird things that people might mistake things for, or misspellings. I get a surprising number of things by looking for the wrong thing. It is horrifyingly time consuming, and also the best way to spend time in a waiting room.
I have a _________ stain on my kimono/obi/kitsuke item! Can you help me?
Probably! Drop a comment in the relevant entry or visit my contact page and drop me a line, and we can try to figure it out. Let’s get weird!
I’m not confident enough to do my repairs, will you do them for me?
Oof. Ugh. I hate this question so much, because I really do want to help you. But probably not. I do make exceptions, but I will probably tell you no or at least try to walk you through what to do as closely as I can. But the fact of the matter is when the property is my own, then I take on all of the risks and nobody else has to worry about it. I’m not a museum. I’m not a business. I don’t have insurance to protect either of us if I fuck up your kimono. Yes, I’m very careful, and I have yet to terminally fuck a kimono–but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
What if I pay you? Will you fix it then? Even if I understand the risks?
That does nothing for your chances. I’m not trying to make this a business of any kind. I just do this for the love of it.
Do you have a tutorial on _________?
If I don’t, chances are I’m working on one or I’m otherwise still learning to do it. Some tutorials are easier than others to get out, because I can show you on almost any item. But other tutorials require me to have an item at the ready with the specific problem. For example, I’m working on a tutorial about handling dye bleeding. The problem is, I need more kimonos with examples of dye bleeding for this. If you have a problem but don’t see a tutorial for it, reach out! I might know what to do, even if I don’t have enough material to make a well rounded tutorial yet!
Can you tell me how old my kimono is?
Probably! Or I can at least get you in the ballpark. Let’s have a look!
Can you tell me what my kanji says?
Absolutely not. I can stare at it like a confused goldfish, though, and that might be fun.
Can you tell me how much my kimono is worth?
Uuughh. I hate this question. Sort of? I can tell you what I’ve seen things go for. I can tell you where to look. I can tell you what I’ve paid for things. I can tell you what might be worth getting a professional appraisal for and what you have. I do not attempt to slap a monetary value on things I cannot inspect personally, and I won’t.
I have this thing I think is a kimono, can you tell me about it?
Yes. Let’s do it!
I want to send you this kimono to fix. You can keep it.
Okay, that’s not a question, but since it’s a thing that’s happened a non-zero number of times, I feel the need to address it. Yes, you can send me things to fix like this. Yes, I’ll link back to you (if applicable) if you do. I do ask you show me what you want to send, and I do reserve the right to refuse an item. Not gonna lie, this subject makes me nervous. I didn’t start this to get presents, and I don’t feel right taking things left and right from people–plus I don’t need a pile of things I don’t really want just for the sake of them. If you end up sending me a kimono for restoration under these circumstances (See: this uchikake), I will treat it with the utmost love and care, and I will detail it well. I will also curse at it every step of the way because that is what I do.
You’re not Japanese. Is it really okay for you to be doing this?
I want to treat this subject gently because the world is on fire. But seeing as how my last name is Mitsui, and how this is only an attitude I encounter stateside, I will take the advice that Grandma Mitsui, whose family lost their kimono and heirlooms in the internment camps, gave to me some time ago, “If someone feels the need to ridicule this, you should respectfully invite them to share with you the kimono they’ve restored.”
This will get updated as I get asked more questions.