Stephanie’s Kimono

Stephanie had a fitting for her new wedding kimono today. The artwork I did was inspired by Japanese woodcut block prints — and Karen silk-screened it onto the aubergine silk that Stephanie found in Chinatown.

Stephanie grew up in Dana Point, California where there are huge groves of orange trees. She says: “The migration patterns of the whales were a big deal there because the horizon would grow full of them every February. So too with the swallows coming home every year to San Juan Capistrano. So that’s the place I grew up on the back of the kimono.”

On the front of the kimono: “there’s the pine tree, my mother’s maiden name meaning pine in Japanese with plumeria flowers down the right sleeve to represent the time I spent on Maui.”

The olive tree and lavender represent the Italian, French, and British parts of her partner’s family and the maple leaves represent Stephanie’s time in Canada.

About Ian Phillips Illustration

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