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 Kintsugi Vase     Kintsugi Vase

Kintsugi Vase     Kintsugi Vase

Kintsugi Vase

K.A. Lambe kalambe6

    

 

Kintsugi Vase

K.A. Lambe, Ireland

IG: k_for_days

Inspiration and Mood Board: Pinterest

Other credits:

Photography: Sean Kenny

Photography and photo shoot direction: Meg (@withoutastitch_)

 

The Design

The traditional Japanese art of kintsugi involves mending broken pottery by filling the cracks with precious metals, boldly incorporating the breakage and repair into the piece. Rather than an invisible, flawless repair, the result is a new work of art, in which the history of the object is celebrated and imperfections are embraced.

To me, there seemed to be a natural harmony between the sculptural curves of ceramic and of corsetry, and between kintsugi and the creative journey of healing, renewal and resilience. I was inspired to create a piece that evokes a long, shapely ceramic vase, broken into many pieces and seamed back to life with molten gold.

With these inspirations in mind, I set out to find a lustrous blue fabric with beautiful depth of colour, a bright, sunshine gold silk to highlight the shapes, and an s-bend pattern with many pieces and beautiful, sweeping seams that I could transform into something of a hobble dress, with a graceful waist and narrow hem.

My finished piece has its imperfections but, in the spirit of kintsugi, I’m choosing to honour them and let them signify where I am right now in my creative journey. I hope you like it!

 

The Construction

I started with the 1902 Kops patent explored by Cecile Magnier in her wonderful articles on Foundations Revealed. I scaled up the pattern to my size and mocked it up to check the fit before converting it to an overbust corset dress, refining the fit over two further mockups.

For the real thing, I fused silk dupioni to soft coutil and made my piping by hand, using cotton cord and silk charmeuse. I used the lapped seam method for much of the construction, basting the piping first along the stitching line and then topstitching the adjoining panel in place on top of it. I also made up a method to mitre the piping, to make the corners as crisp as possible.

The dress has fourteen pieces per side and is boned with flat steels at centre front, heavy synthetic whalebone either side of the grommets, and an additional seven spiral steels. The internal boning channels are made with twill tape, topstitched from the outside of the dress and handstitched on the inside where they intersect with the piped seams.

The dress is finished with cotton lining, a boned floating modesty panel, and a kick pleat with double inverted box pleats.

My thanks to Foundations Revealed authors Cecile Magnier and Charlotte Aurora Madsen for their incredibly helpful articles!

 

Materials Used

Cotton coutil, silk dupioni, silk charmeuse, fusible web and fusible interfacing, quilting cotton (lining), 7mm flat steel boning, 7mm spiral steel boning, 6mm synthetic whalebone, 4mm 2-part grommets, lacing ribbon

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

My sewing background is rooted in cosplay, and I've always been much more confident in the construction side of this craft than the design side. To come up with an idea of my own and invest time and energy in that idea has been quite a new experience, and it’s sometimes been a challenge to trust my own taste. However, the competition provided a perfect chance to exercise those muscles in a supportive environment.

If you’re thinking of entering, I really recommend it – trust in your ideas and give yourself plenty of time to make them a reality. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow!

 

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kitty mortensen
The gold-filled crack were the first thing I thought of when I saw your piece. It is absolutely stunning, no doubt <3 I'm blown away
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anniebrahe
It is beautiful! The golden slits over the hips reminded me of the puffed sleeves of Snow White's dress - cue the childhood memories! I'm living for the colour combination. There isn't much to say, other than it is an overall absolutely amazing dress. I'm so impressed!
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Rossanne Hamilton
This is stunning. I love the golden slits especially, and the colours work so well together. Beautiful!
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Beatrice
I love love love the insipiration behind this piece! And that choice of colour is simply perfect, love the teal!
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The pattern seems so challenging really well done ! I love the gold little gussets !
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What a fantablous idea! Love the deep, mirror-like blue and the peekaboo light shining without <3
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Laurel A Price
You've combined my two favorite colors into a most excellent garment! The overall look is so stunning, and your comments on the design process and thought given to the finished work was fascinating to read. Especially your intent to give the dress a vase-like effect to follow a part of the theme, I am so in love with that idea!


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bernadettebanner
This is such a clever concept, extremely well executed—and that color combination is to die for!
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eadownes
Concept and execution have come together beautifully here! The shape is stunning and the colours are so striking! You should be really proud of this <3
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renee_shaeffer
What a gorgeous color and it really fits you well! Great job.
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KitPitts
Stunning! I'm such a fan of the art of kintsugi and so love that you were inspired to construct this piece by it.
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Eloo
This is so beautiful. I don't even have words for how stunning your dress is.
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equinoxxlatex
Absolutely stunning, love this colour combination
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kirstymitchell
I'm glad you trusted your own taste because it's really beautiful and rich. And the kintsugi theme is a great inspiration
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lyrisdesign
Beautiful work, I love the concept and the execution! The colours and sweeping lines are so fabulous.
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cmurph03
The lines from the piping are amazing. I love the color selection and the shaping is beautiful.
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certainsundries
So striking, and a great representation of the theme!
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Tiffiny Fakahau
WOW! This dress is stunning! Everything about it. The gold piping and slashes are placed so perfectly against that peacock blue! WOW... This will be added as a favourite, to give me future inspiration!
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chrisedel
Love your interpretation of the theme and the result is just stunning! And I‘m not only saying that because I miss Japan :-)
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royalblack
The bold colours and intriguing shapes I saw on the thumbnail immediately stood out to me.
Such a great idea to use this technique as inspirtion and the execution is very beautiful!
Definitely one of my favourite entries this year!

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buckinghamsgirl
Barbara, thank you so much for your lovely words - such a compliment from my hero absolutely made my day! My one regret is that I didn't mention your Patreon as one of my most important resources. I've learned so much from you and definitely couldn't have lined this piece as neatly without your instructions! Thank you so much <3 K.A.L.
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lcostigliolo
It's gorgeous and I love the concept! The colours are beautiful and the shape is lovely. You should be proud of your design.
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I love the use of piping in corsetry and the way you have used it to contrast is exceptional. Brilliant work!
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paulay71
Your design really stood out to me with the colour combination the shape and patterning it's an amazing piece and concept.
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ggis
I love your concept so much, and you executed your idea just perfect, stunning job!
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buckinghamsgirl
Thank you all so much for your lovely compliments. I was so unsure of this concept for most of the time I was working on it, and your kind words have given me confidence in my own taste and ideas. That means an awful lot to me and I'm very grateful! K.A.L.
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marloes dadswell
The contrast in colours gives this design such vibrance. It's stunning on so many levels, the shape, the intricate details. It is spectacular!!!
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latelierdelafleur
This is completely amazing! I love your interpretation of kintsugi work, the contrasting colours work so well together with your lines. Bravo!
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jema
beautiful and ambitious design and patterning which you've completed really well!
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kikkii
Piping GOALS. Love this design, and with such a strong and vibrant color combo. <3
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lederwerk
this is a beautiful piece, please keep on designing. I think have an excelent eye for shape and colour
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