Autumn Inspiration

28 09 2012

It feels a bit odd not to be designing for the next season.  No sample making, no photo shoot plan, no inspiration board, and no juggling act between designing and running a shop.  I’m a little lost at times.  But it helps to look at all the beautiful images for the autumn season.  At least I could still decorate my house and make dresses for myself.  It is one benefit of not having a shop.  I don’t have to please anyone else but myself.  Refreshing really…

Lovely images found via here.

Wishing you a brilliant weekend.





Floral + Orange

15 03 2012

I found this lovely cotton floral print in New York last year and then ran across chiffon orange fabric in Tokyo.  Perfect combination of floral and orange.  I love playing with beautiful lining.

Can you tell I’m ready for spring to arrive?

Wishing you a delightful Thursday.





Beautiful Textile

23 11 2011

As you know I’m a big fan of hand weaved fabric for both cotton and silk.  I grew up in a place where everyone knows how to make something.  It is a part of life.  My grandmother’s dear friend is an amazing weaver.  Seeing her creating fabric was magical to me.  Plus my mother has a crazy textile obsession.  She has been collecting antique textile from around the globe since she was a teenager.  The textile really tells the story of of our history and where we are in the world.  These gorgeous textile from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador makes my heart sing.

Found via fashion gone rogue.

Hope to see you on Friday for little boxes event.  Our lovely Rebecca and yours truly will be at the shop on Friday.  Wishing you a brilliant Wednesday.





Pretty in Pink

30 08 2011

You know that time of the day in the summer right before the sun goes down when the light is warm and the grass is green green green? I couldn’t help but put together the rich color of the pink woven idom tunic and the landscape on the farm with an impromptu 10 minute photo-shoot before it was just too dark. Plus, I think the black and white saddle shoes are a perfect match!

We have lots of new sale items at the shop right now so swing by and have a look. I think that we may even have one more pink tunic left. Thanks to Mahal for always being willing to help me create when I get crazy ideas, and to her horse, Street Legal Tender, who was more concerned about eating than getting his photo taken but was still pretty awesome.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone! And don’t forget to come see us on Wednesday night at the Fez Ballroom where we will be showing our upcoming collection!

xoxo, idom





Tribal VS Grunge

22 08 2011

Caitlin and I kept saying of how we are all tab into a collective consciousness.  My S/S 12 was inspired by history of horses in tribal traditions, Greek mythology, and symbolism of horses in various cultures around the globe.  The bi-pass result is a wonderful history on textile and ensemble that goes along with ritual of honouring horses.  Here is the proof of how each of us are connected even without anyone of us really knowing it.  Editorial from Teen Vogue is inspired by tribal influence with delightful twist on the Grunge era.  Lovely combination.

All images courtesy of Teen Vogue.

I’m starting my process for A/W 12.  Curious if I would end up unconsciously tab into this wonderful magic again.  Please stop by and say hello soon.  I’ll be the one behind the counter today and tomorrow.  Ta, ta for now.





New Beauties

22 06 2011

We adore scarves and jewels.  Just can’t get enough of them.  It is a fun way to add colours and textures to your ensemble.

We are big fan of anything giraffe, especially these scarves.

So many more scarves with beautiful prints.

More bib necklaces with feather, tulle and pearls.

Our lovely Katherine is at the shop today.  Please stop by and say hello.  Wishing you a brilliant Wednesday!





Fantasy, Folklore & Freshwater

9 06 2011

This year, 2011, the Regional Arts and Culture Council has awarded an Individual Project Grant to Fuchsia Lin, to complete her textile sculpture and performance piece, Fantasy, Folklore, and Freshwater.I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Fuchsia’s performance this past Saturday. It was amazing and emotional. Beautiful.

In Asian mythology, dragons were believed to be rulers and benevolent spirits of moving bodies of water. Inspired by the stories of her culture, and continuing the exploration of her fascination with water, Fuchsia will create a series of sculptural masks and costumes of water dragons. Fuchsia often explores the theme of water in her art to express its inherent beauty and spirituality, as well as the importance of our relationship with this precious resource.

This collection of photos are just from my phone, I wish that you could have seen it in person. Learn more about Fucshia Lin at http://www.fuchsialin.com/main.html as well as mark your calendars because complete exhibition of the works will be held at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel on Thursday, December 8th from 7-10 PM.

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Scarves

3 06 2011

I am in love with scarves! I usually wear one every day all year long. They make the perfect accessories you can do so much with them. We have great new scarves at the shop. Here are a few pictures!

I love the giraffe print

Stop by and say hi and try out the new scarves! Have a good day!

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Prints Please!

25 04 2011

Gorgeous prints to cheer you up on this rainy Monday.

Come visit us at the shop soon.  Promise it will make your Monday so much brighter.  Ta, ta.





Weaving

24 03 2011

Thanks very much everyone for your lovely comments on the 2 posts of IDOM team of contractors and their sweet children.  It means the world to me.  My parents passed the message on to everyone back in Bangkok.  They are delighted and sent their many thanks as well.  It is so refreshing that you lovelies out there still care of where things come from and who made them.  If you care about organic food, sustainable farming practices, and what you feed your body.  Why wouldn’t you care about what you put on your backs?  I’m thrilled that there is a connection made with how much love and care IDOM clothes are produced.  I hope that clothing will gain new found appreciation in the future.  It takes massive amount of knowledge, skill, dedication and patience to create one piece of garment.  I hope that I will have the privileged of continuing to work with these amazing wonderful people for many years to come.  Thank you again for your support season after season.  Your contribution to IDOM is supporting so many lives across the globe back in Thailand.  Here is what it takes to make silk and cotton.

Silk worms

Silk cocoons

I usually make a trip up north to Chiang Mai and Ching Rai to meet with textile makers.  Sometime I would go up to north eastern part of Thailand next to Laos for more silk.  Over the years we developed a relationship with each community that loomed various fabric.  Ya Pai spins the yarn.  She has been weaving fabric since she was a child.  It is her way of recording her memories through patterns and prints.  She is amazing!

Pa Urai is my grandmother’s neighbor in the north eastern part of Thailand called Ubon.  She enjoys weaving so much.  She is giving lessons to her friends and neighbors.  Hoping that this tradition will live on to the next generation.  She is so patience and very sweet.  Her work is beyond this world.

Ya Na is such a wonderful cook in the kitchen.  She makes the best labb, papaya salad, and sticky rice.  I always look forward to our visit.  We would eat and chat.  She has so many great stories of her childhood, her view on politics, and her beloved craft.  Someday I’m hoping that I can spend more time and learn how to weave with her.

Pi Pilin is hard at work weaving Thai printed silk.  Each symbol represents an object, plant, flower or animal, and etc…  Each yard depending on how difficult the print is could take 2 to 3 days.

More beautiful hand loomed silk.

Pa Rian is an expert in cotton weaving.  All of the cotton are without any chemical in this community of weavers in Chiang Mai.  They also used leaves, barks, berries, and flowers to dye the cotton.  It is my favourite place to find the cotton to make my oversized tunics.  Once I find the solid colour cottons.  I would ask another team of artisans to hand block the textile.  It is nothing like wearing hand weaved fabric garment.  It will change your life.

I hope you enjoy a little glimpse of my process to create beautiful clothes for you.  I’m so grateful of these beautiful artisans to allowed me to take their photos and to share their stories with you.  I’m thrilled that I get to witnessed their craft and to be a part of their lives for these last four years.  Thanks for taking time to come on this journey with me.  Wishing you a fabulous Thursday.

 

 

 








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