June 15, 2024 at 10:26AM

Well. Such a Joyful 1st half of June. Although I would add more stitching & fabric, and then clean out the basting threads, to call it “completed”, I would need to reorganize my priority for the 2nd half of June. I mean I gotta do something for Income as I am self-employed after all.

I wouldn’t consider these Sashiko (yet), but it is fine if you do so. In fact, these types of “patchworking” are now considered Sashiko in English. All I ask is the acknowledgement that there are some Japanese Artisans who consider this non-Sashiko practice, and there are stories behind their saying.

Putting Cultural Perspective aside, I enjoy this type of Mending. For now, I gotta stop doing so for other works I do for actual “economic sustainability”, and material reasons that Denims I received as donations are all stitched. Then, one asked if I were to do so as a commission saying it would clear 2 reasons I gotta stop doing so: more plain denim to stitch with economic sustainability.

I can, of course, consider a Commission Work – but I want to do this to someone I care/like. Money is important, but I wouldn’t do so for someone who just asks “How much?”. If I were to offer, would you wear these types of Denim? Would you even pay for it? (Please be reminded that my first hope is for you to learn the Sashiko we practice by taking my class, and do it by yourself for yourself).





楽しい10日間でした。完成まではまだ手を加えなければとは思うのですが(というか、完成という概念まで辿り着けるかどうかすら未定ですが)、月の半ばを超えたので、再度優先順位の構築をする為の区切りと宣言です。少しは収入に繋がる仕事をしないと。寄付頂いた手持ちのデニムも全て使ってしまったので無地のものは残ってないし(笑)。

「これは刺し子じゃないかなぁ」という呟きに、「刺し子としてもいいんじゃない?」というお言葉も頂いて。うん。それは個人で違ってきて良いと思っています。これ「が」刺し子と言われると、ちょい待てと違和感を持つでしょうが、それでも日本の方であればお話は伺ってみたい。きっと、「刺し子の可能性を広げる一つ」として、本来の刺し子を無視されるような方はいないと思うので。

個人的には、なんというか…主張しすぎなんですよね。人気出るだろうなぁと始めた感が、我ながら嫌らしいと感じたりしていて。それでも西洋での刺し子の本流がこちらになっていく(いる)ことは承知しているし、何より楽しいし…で、続けていくとは思います。矛盾するかもですが、一週間で一つの作品が形になるのは嬉しいですよね。全刺しデニムは、下書きから刺し子まで、集中しても数週間はかかっちゃうので。さて…。夏に向けて麻の葉やんなきゃ…(ずーっと現実逃避してる)。

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