To translate the feeling that I had in the house to textiles and clothing, I focused on softness and silence. The colours and shapes are not loud and attention-drawing, but more still and subdued.
I started designing the textiles from the actual materials that I saw in the house: wood, ceramics, clay, paper, straw, gravel and stone. To create a lot of different textures with coarse linen, soft wool and uneven surfaces, so that the fabrics are inviting to the touch. Small-scale, vibrant surfaces instead of very visual or figurative patterns, to depict the tactility of the house. The figurative elements in the Kawaii house were mostly stripes, grids and different vertical and horizontal lines.
I aimed for dirty, brownish, tinted colours that are a mix of shades rather than one clear colour. The colours have a hint of vivid colour but maintain an overall look of dullness. Some bright colours entered the collection: warm yellow of Kyoto sunlight and orange red of the temples.
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