Monday, May 30, 2011

It was inevitable...

... and was simply a matter of when my self-discipline would falter.  I'm classifying this as a belated Mother's Day present to myself.
Actually, I'm supremely excited about this second instalment in the Pattern Magic series by Tomoko Nakamichi, why? (well apart from the obvious one that the designs are unique, interesting, beautiful and magical!) but also partly because the majority of the projects are shirts.  Something of which I am somewhat short in the handmade department.  And such wondrous sculptural projects, the like of which I have never come across before; exercises on wearing a balloon, wearing a circle, wearing a square and wearing a triangle in one section; not to mention another very enticing section, the "vanishing" features.  Some of which I am giving you a little taster here;
the vanishing tie;
the vanishing scarf;
and the vanishing lapel;
another section deals with cowl experimentation;
I barely know which wonderful design to select first...  and yes, in case you are wondering, I think having the English translation is going to make things a lot easier.  Obviously, for a start one can understand the what-goes-where, which helps.  Additionally though, most of the designs come with a brief note written by the designer, touching on her thoughts and inspirations behind these unique design, and these are a real pleasure to be able to read.  These little snippets are sometimes purely informative, sometimes lyrical, sometimes take an unexpectedly poetic turn-about in a few short words.  Like a haiku.  For example: "I increased the depth of the shadows by rotating the fabric and then flipping it over like the flip turn of swimmers in a pool"
Swimmers flipping in pools; a lovely visual moment with which to finish, yes?  I can't wait to get started...
(all pictures from Pattern Magic 2, by Tomoko Nakamichi)

11 comments:

  1. You are a good enabler. :) After your last post I purchased PM1. I had been thinking about it for ages but your post was the push I needed. I bought it from the UK so it will be a week before it gets here but I can't wait. It cost me A$21 including postage from the UK. I can't believe they are charging A$45 plus postage in Australia!!!

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  2. I can't wait to see what you do with these! I also have the Japanese versions but may need the English versions. :)

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  3. I don't know these books nor have I heard of the author. This book looks to be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration. Can't wait to see what you make first.

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  4. Can't wait to see what you make! and i LOVE your dress in your previous post.

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  5. Wow, these patterns are uh-mazing!

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  6. Whoopey, I just ordered myself one from Amazon.co.uk! It'll arrive in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to actually read the text of this one, I love my Japanese copy :-)!

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  7. So funny, I bought both these books last week...instead of renewing my Burda subscription. Still waiting for them to arrive. Thanks for the preview. I can't wait to take a look myself. Will be so fun to see what you make first.

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  8. How fascinating! I love the sleeve on the cover. Pattern magic seems like an apt title. I'll definitely watch out to see what you make!

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  9. These books are just the best!! And your dress is great.
    Did you see the third one? I guess it is all about strechy fabric.

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  10. Oh fun!! I will be eager to see what you make. I like the vanishing scarf and lapels - what a cool idea!

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