Restoration Complete: Great Grandma Akiye’s Furisode. “Great Big White Birds”

A Flock Of Doves In Flight Over Wild Waves And Majestic Gold And Silver Pine On Decadent Red Silk. On July the 24th, 2021 I posted this entry, after a bloody and violent bidding war for this kimono. For those joining this story here are the end, this is a piece that has been lost … Continue reading Restoration Complete: Great Grandma Akiye’s Furisode. “Great Big White Birds”

What’s The Damage? We’re On A Boat!

Ka-Chow! What's poppin', fellow weirdos. It's ya girl, Becky, back at it again with the evaluation station. Which is exactly the same as my display area. Which is also in my room where I sleep. That's right, these things hover over me and torment me, even in my dreams. Which is fine, I guess. I … Continue reading What’s The Damage? We’re On A Boat!

What’s The Damage? Antique Tsuru Furisode: Suspected Internment Shenanigans

Every now and then I will buy a train wreck on purpose because I love the pain it illustrates very well the absolute spine-twangy fucking insanity that is buying antique kimono in the USA. The hell does that mean? It means you will feel things. Lots of things. And then you have pieces like this. … Continue reading What’s The Damage? Antique Tsuru Furisode: Suspected Internment Shenanigans

Here’s Your Mood Boost: Pre-World War II Kurohikifurisode; The B-GAME

Do you ever feel like you're not excelling at what you love to do, and it gets you down? Do you ever feel like you're just a cog in a machine? Do you ever feel deflated and dismayed because your art just isn't where you want it to be, and it smashes up against your … Continue reading Here’s Your Mood Boost: Pre-World War II Kurohikifurisode; The B-GAME

What’s The Damage? Antique Ro Nadeshiko Furisode

As I sit here on the floor, typing this entry out on my phone, rubbing my temples near violently to chase the pain away...I can't help but feel my heart being pulled in two opposite directions. Inside me are two deeply disturbed beavers wolves. One wishes with its whole being to be gentle and understanding. … Continue reading What’s The Damage? Antique Ro Nadeshiko Furisode

What’s The Damage? Antique Kiku Kuromontsuki

I'm going to retire the "Restoration In Progress" label, because that suggests sometimes that I'm actively working on a piece when I'm not--I have a rotation. We'll pretend it's very organized. But anyway, I don't want to wait until I'm working on a piece from start until finish just to post the evaluation, because I … Continue reading What’s The Damage? Antique Kiku Kuromontsuki

Antique Export Kimono–A chat about Art History & Remakes

So I've been absent. Sorry about that, my fucking computer fucking broke. There I was, just drawing on it because it was a beautiful, sexy, fucking expensive HP Zbook X2 G4 Dreamcolor edition with a Wacom EMR screen. And suddenly, on my second monitor, the grid of death appeared. And it spread. And I fucking … Continue reading Antique Export Kimono–A chat about Art History & Remakes

Tutorial: Stain Removal–The Glycerin & Vinegar Method

As I type this, I have been sitting on this method for the better part of a decade, but I keep not having a really good example of how it functions to showcase for y'all motherfuckers clarity. But that day is today, and so here the fuck we are! This is by and large my … Continue reading Tutorial: Stain Removal–The Glycerin & Vinegar Method

Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

So. We left off last time with a delightful trip into respiratory distress lacquer thinner hell blue-grey shabby chic fuckery removing the shell from the upper portion of the tansu. For a quick recap, here: Cleared off the shit paint without managing to damage my teeth from all of the fucking clenching, restored the locks, … Continue reading Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

Restoration: Antique Hikifurisode

I want you to know, as I started writing this, that I have the pictures of the damage in a folder literally called "MessyAssHikiWhatever." And when I made the decision to buy this, I actually knew I was in for some of this mess. But this particular seller posts a set number of pictures with … Continue reading Restoration: Antique Hikifurisode