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

Kimono Shopping Stateside–A Tale Of Three Furi

Here's a random post that I didn't plan in the slightest, but I got a hair up my ass and decided it was a good place to showcase the absolute fucking anarchy and chaos that kimono shopping in the United States is. I have for you today a selection of three pre-WWII furisode (kimono with … Continue reading Kimono Shopping Stateside–A Tale Of Three Furi

Yet Another Update: “Great Big White Birds”

I wonder if to some it seems like this piece is taking a long time. To me, it feels like I'm clearing tasks pretty quickly. But I do take large breaks between the bits because my wrist occasionally threatens to leave. And since I don't need my own body parts sending me any ransom notes, … Continue reading Yet Another Update: “Great Big White Birds”

Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

Fluffy Violet Peonies In Full Bloom Over Layers Of Foliage On Deep Yellow Silk. It's the end of March now, and the US Midwest has been drinking again what with the weather alternating between definitely still winter, mud season, and actually kind of hot. Go home, Chicagoland, you're drunk. But since it's been a minute … Continue reading Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

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 Ongoing: Antique Abused Tansu

Some time ago, I was hanging around on my usual haunts and then I came across this absolute fucking insanity: Pictured: You don't judge my waking hours, and I won't judge yours. Yeah. You see that? Some basic bitch out there decided to sHaBbY cHiC oMg UpCyClE with shitty blue-grey craft paint a legit antique … Continue reading Restoration Ongoing: Antique Abused Tansu

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

Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete

Decadently Woven Black Silk Adorned With Gilded Cranes In Flight Over Treasure Ships. In three days, I will have had this kimono for an entire year. And as a delightful songwriter once crooned, when it comes to this piece, the waiting was the hardest part. Nevermind that I had to sit here and scream at … Continue reading Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete

Antique Kimono–Summer Breeze

Late Summer Flowers In Full Bloom On Deep Plum Silk Gauze. As I type this, it is a balmy 1°F/-17°C here in my neck of the American Midwest, and boy does it make me feel the need to break out my summer attire! Haha! I'm freezing, everything is terrible. Hell is cold feet. I love … Continue reading Antique Kimono–Summer Breeze