Kimono (Kosode), Japan, 1840-1860
I'm wearing kimono also today. And I try to wear one of "haori" in the tealeaves storage of my grandant, because it's raining and a little bit cold today.
This is a long type of haori having a knee length. I had swen some points as sewing yarns were too old and broken. This may be close to the Taisho Modern style (the early of 20th).
And, this haori is ananas design!
Coat by Iida & Co./Takashimaya ca. 1900
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kyoto Encounter in LEGO
Yesterday @johnreiley recreated a portrait in LEGO during our livestream and it reminded me of a similar photo I had done a few years ago (we even used the same minifig!)
This was inspired by Brian Miller's photo of a woman in a kimono walking past an alley.
Brian Miller | 500px
I already had built the Japanese alleyway as a book nook (which I showed during the live shoot in a previous stream) and so I actively sought out photos for inspo.
LEGO made a geisha minifigure before so I used that without changing anything (for example her red kimono to something dark like in the inspo).
I wanted LEGO fans to instantly recognize her even though she's so out of focus you can't see her kimono print.
Plus, I liked the red pop.
Then I matched the bike color so it would connect the two better, like in the inspo. (Inspho? Yes? Yes.)
I chose to use another build as the background and frame the geisha in the Asian door pattern for contrast. Because we can't see her kimono, I wanted to get some kind of Japanese pattern back there.
I still really like this photo. The livestream with John rekindled my interest in recreating a photo in LEGO form so I'll start looking for inspo inspho this week.
I finally animated him, this half-demon has been living rent-free in my head for years