It will be. I will work hard to be the best version of TPY.
It will be. I will work hard to be the best version of TPY.
Japanese designer will never get out of fashion, or so it seems.
Just look at what he says, how he thinks.
On living clothes,
Along the signature palette of blacks, the runway beamed with radiant yellow, red, blue and turquoise, while “real people”, cast in an open call the previous day, cut through the impressive, solemn architecture in wearable and somewhat less wearable creations. A play on the notion of a garment’s shelf life, the passing of seasons and with it, of trends, was commented to great effect by casting older women as well as young models. Yamamoto’s belief that one should “live” the clothes was beautifully and vividly demonstrated by a pair of voluminous Shepherd’s check numbers that were sent down the runway in sequence, one worn by a young model, and one by a silver-haired lady.
“Being a real creator is like climbing a mountain. You need training. Training, training, training… don’t design with your brain, design by your heart, your soul.”
For making a dress you have to use your fingers, your hands [holds hands up and moves fingers]. It’s very important because your hands are culture. Your soul comes out at the tips of your fingers. Fashion is the last business of craftsmanship. And this is going to disappear.
On when clothing becomes art
Ultimately, on the body. But Haute couture has disappeared; it’s the times of ready-to-wear. Everything is RTW. When in fact it [should be] a kind of love romance: you meet some fantastic clothing by chance, and you fall in love and you live this piece of clothing. You don’t waste clothing but live with it. Please, don’t waste clothing!
On being understood
I don’t care… I really don’t care. If I have 800 people in the audience, maybe five or six people understand. It’s okay, that’s enough.
But take the design of a simple black T-shirt. This neckline [draws a line under his collarbone with his finger] is very difficult, because the black fabric against the skin… it’s creating a border. So if you don’t concentrate on drawing this line carefully, the T-shirt loses its own charm. A female designer’s T-shirt is always charming.
“我个人相信，文字是让人静下来，让人幸福的东西，幸好，我今生遇到了文字。:) ” ——陈彬雁
Although she also works in lithograph, Shinoda often chooses to use brush and sumi ink, exacting materials that don’t afford the luxury of backtracking or revisiting strokes. Where oil painting, like prose writing, is the result of contemplative, cumulative composition, art made with ink is immediate and of the moment, perhaps more akin to playing a musical instrument. The paper instantly drinks the ink, making the medium a superconductor for the intent, even the personality, of the artist. For this reason painting with ink requires great poise, and the act itself is a kind of performance of which the marks become the record.
—– Toko Shinoda and art in her life http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2017/04/13/arts/104-toko-shinoda-talks-life-art/#.WPBN125GSEd
Went back to Mr Ng for a mind spa session after so long, i used to have these therapeutic mind cleansing sessions each month, but because of the work of late, I skipped a few.
I remember crossing the bridge with happy steps.
I was so so happy just to attend a session.
Because its for me, my truest me. I made time for me, that made me truly—happy.
I spoke about all that has happened.
Trying out so many new things on a new platform.
Like doing a Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Facebook Live, like realising a Friend of Michelin concept and getting Nicholas Tse to be the face.
Like receiving a message from his manager to say–if the opportunity arises, lets work together.
From being treated poorly by her, to receiving a message, it is such a compliment, it is the best reward.
It showed me that the values I grew up with, and my adhering to these values over the years, were correct. And I should stick to these, and pass them on. Even if the world has changed, even if people have strayed.
And to have Nicholas Tse in the kitchen with me and passing me a slice of french shallot and spanish cucumber.
I remember asking if I could have a gazpacho, but he said that the gazpacho would have to be marinated overnight.
But afterwards in the afternoon, he really got me some to try.
And after the whole event, he gave me hug to say, “Thank You, 我知道你辛苦了”
He shared the Friend of Michelin memento with me.
The whole process was fraught with difficulties and so so much. Like a miserable media attendance, like not getting the mandate, like having this idea deemed to have failed because of a lack of website hits, FB likes and etc.
Like not having the agreement ready and to run the risk of Nicholas being stopped by his agency to fly, when the event would be a few days away.
But i was grounded and i realised that i did what Mr Ng was doing. I was not emotional, I was aware and solidly grounded, and I held on to the process.
I hold and supported the process.
That was what was real. So real, that was my growth, my reality, my discovery,
i passed the test and is elevated now.
In the process of speaking to Mr Ng, I felt this silently gentle solid yet soft streaming energy or force at heart.
It was so quiet but so steady and sure, I had to listen to it.
It was grounding.
I felt it for the first time so clearly. It was like mother’s love, unending, ever so calm and peaceful.
And i realised how and why?
It was that i was at peace and one with the universe. not resisting, not intending, not managing or trying to alter anything.
Just one with the universe.
That was beautiful.
I repeated many times, that all that has happened is surreal, miraculous and unbelievable.
like a dream.
And Mr Ng added that everything that seemed so surreal was so because i m on the right path, and fulfilling or answering my life purpose.
And what was that?
“to be creative.”
To which I added,
To create these flashes of light, to touch to inspire and make a difference to lives.
i just want to do that, create these beautiful magical moments of light.
simply because i have experienced the beauty of it, these beautiful moments of light have changed me.
and i want others to feel it for themselves.
it would be wonderful to have created a difference, but just letting them feel it, that light would be brilliant enough.
I felt almost like a messenger of the divine.
they work through me, and that is how, people and things come into my life and continue to support my endeavour.
Mr Ng encouraged me to continue to work at that, listening and adhering to my life purpose, to bring light onto myself and others.
That would be truly what makes me, fulfils me. And to converse and work closely with the divine.
I havent been feeling too sure lately, because its a new path.
i m stepping up, there’ll b more responsibilities, something i have never done before.
and this morning, i popped into the kitchen and saw fresh green shoots popping out of the onion bag, thru the spaces.
it was like an answer from the divine, or a response to my query.
its like a force that cannot be withheld. or in chinese, 势不可挡。just go with the flow.
it was so so beautiful.
it touched me a lot, and i took a moment to sit with that feeling.
Life force, or life’s force.
A gentle, silent, slowly but sure and steady energy at work.
we all have it too, all the while.
i took it in my hands to feel the energy.
and i felt really shaken at heart.
it about being one with the life force, recognising its presence, being appreciative of it and going forward, to treasure this precious energy.
The only way would be to use it carefully, and with my life purpose.
I know i m here to pass on the light.
May i get the full support on this journey.