So, I approached Kimicho, a foreign geisha from Yoshinoya house in Tokyo. Sending a package out to Japan felt good; I loved living in Japan, and as an artist I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication that the geisha devote to mastering their many crafts. They are truly the keepers of the traditional Japanese arts. Also, I remember what it was like being a foreigner in Japan, so sending something to an foreign artist making her way in Japan felt like it was bringing things around full circle for me.
I sent Kimicho one of the my canola kanzashi with a silver butterfly. I chose canola because that’s one of our chief exports here in Saskatchewan. In the summer there are endless fields of golden canola flowers as far as the eye can see. It’s a little piece of the Canadian prairie in Tokyo. She sent a lovely mini stationary set and thank you card in return, which I wasn’t expecting but really love; I’m only slightly obsessed with stationary.
Kimicho recently posted a picture of herself wearing my kanzashi on her Instagram, and I just had to share my excitement with you guys. A real geiko wearing my kanzashi! Lauree would be so thrilled.
This time of year – right before spring arrives – always makes me dream of flowers and sunshine. So, of course I’ve been thinking a lot about kanzashi too! I finished a few blue clematis hairpins this weekend; I’ve been meaning to start replenishing my stock of small hairpins but it always seems like there’s too much to do and not enough time to get it all done in.
I also have some larger street fashion/punk-inspiredpieces I’m working on currently, along with prepping for more traditional designs. Gotta make some headway on my kanzashi calendar this year! What kind of kanzashi do you want to see this spring?
P.S. If you’re ever in Japan, I hope you consider supporting the geisha as well. You can book a party with Kimicho’s geisha house here.