Jamie Lau Textile Exhibition at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

I am excited to announce that my hand dyed, handwoven, and handsewn textile art will be on display at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (京都市美術館 Kyōto-shi Bijutsukan) in Japan this month from January 14-18, 2015. Last spring and summer, I spent two months living in the mountains of Kyoto dyeing and weaving and learning the traditional Japanese art of kasuri (ikat) as one of four international students accepted into the Kawashima Textile School (川島テキスタイルスクール) weaving program.

For the graduate textile exhibition, I have created unique fashion wearables in the Jamie Lau Designs aesthetic, taking an even deeper, holistic approach to design with these handwoven garments. I am honored to have my work on display in one of the oldest art museums in Japan and look forward to seeing you all there and reconnecting with my Japanese colleagues. (For a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on, check out my Instagram feed.)

Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
January 14-18, 2015
Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Admission until 4:30 PM)
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art – Annex (Kyōto-shi Bijutsukan Bekkan)
Okazaki Kōen, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8344
Free admission
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Fashion Travelogue: Vermilion Gathered Top

Jamie Lau Designs Vermilion Gathered Top 1

Dramatic sleeve with volume in cotton jacquard

Last weekend, I went to The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. As you may know, I love color and it was the perfect weekend inspiration to kick off spring. The exhibition was beautifully designed and featured both classic and modern orchids.

It was the perfect day to wear my new Vermilion Gathered Top, which I designed in a textured Swiss cotton jacquard fabric. One of my favorite color combinations is a red with a little bit of orange in it mixed with a nice pop of blue (think the look and feel of Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise).

Jamie Lau Designs La Chinoise 1

Film still from Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise, 1967

Jamie Lau Designs La Chinoise 2

Guillaume and Véronique, played by Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anne Wiazemsky

When I first saw this fabric, I immediately thought “dramatic sleeve” given its nice texture and body. I styled the top with a pair of blue linen polka dot pants this past weekend (I will definitely be packing this outfit for Japan as well.)

Jamie Lau Designs Vermilion Gathered Top 2

Color everywhere in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Here are some snapshots of my favorite finds at the botanical garden.

Jamie Lau Designs NYBG 1

Prayer plant – lush green and full of textural inspiration

Jamie Lau Designs NYBG 2

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ – this bromeliad is even more beautiful in person

Jamie Lau Designs NYBG 3

Neoregelia “Jampa” – some intensely colored leaves

Jamie Lau Designs NYBG 4

Afternoon sunlight hitting the Wicked “Red Head” orchids

Jamie Lau Designs NYBG 5

I am in love with these orchid wall hangings

Hop over to the Britex blog for my latest article on how to sew set-in sleeves using this top as an example in my tutorial. Stay tuned for the next installment of Fashion Travelogue!

Weekend Inspiration: CONFETTISYSTEM at PS1

Cherry blossom branches and metallic mylar fringe galore at PS1's two-story gallery

Cherry blossom branches and metallic mylar fringe galore at PS1’s two-story gallery

I went to MoMA PS1 over the weekend, mainly to check out the new CONFETTISYSTEM installation 100 Arrangements. Creative duo Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho transform simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of focus, where memories are made and a spontaneous collaboration with the viewer is sparked. For 100 Arrangements, Anderson and Ho have created an immersive environment inspired by the mechanics of theatrical staging and fly systems.

Colorful diamond decorations at PS1's two-story gallery

Colorful diamond decorations at PS1’s two-story gallery

I first came across CONFETTISYSTEM in 2009 when I read about their amazing metallic piñatas on DailyCandy and instantly became a fan. I had the pleasure of working with Nick and Julie last month to create decorations for my confetti-fueled New York book launch party at 3rd Ward – multicolor tassel garlands, handcut confetti in trapezoidal shapes, and metallic mylar fringe piñatas (filled with confetti, of course!). Let’s just say even the cleanup portion of the evening post-party was fun, too.

Confetti fun at 3rd Ward (Photo Credit: Liz Clayman)

My New York book launch party at 3rd Ward (Photo Credit: Liz Clayman)

Photo booth magic at 3rd Ward (Photo Credit: HAVE BOOTH WILL TRAVEL)

Photo booth magic at 3rd Ward (Photo Credit: HAVE BOOTH WILL TRAVEL)

This artist-design firm has built up quite a diverse clientele. CONFETTISYSTEM has art directed and created installations and sets for fashion brands (Lanvin, Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo) as well as musical acts (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beyoncé). They have also created custom design work for MoMA PS1, The New York Times, and Pop Magazine with Gagosian Gallery. Sounds like these two have the funnest jobs ever!

CONFETTISYSTEM: 100 Arrangements is on view until March 31, 2013 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101.