Walking the streets of Kyoto is a pretty mind-blowing experience. There are countless impeccably-crafted wares on display to sidetrack your attention. Yet Mikan’s upcycled accessories are unlike anything else on offer; they really stop you in your tracks… which is a big feat when we’re talking about busily flowing Teramachi-dori!
Utilising beautiful kimono and obi silks (some more than half-a-century old!), Mikan’s Clementine Sandner handcrafts bespoke bags, hats and other accessories. In modern geometric forms with sport-luxe embellishments, her pieces honour the ornate nature-inspired prints of the heritage silks, but at the same time transport such heirlooms into the present!
The fashion designer and Esmod lecturer is bringing her range to Australia for Melbourne Fashion Festival next month and will be holding two workshops at not-for-profit The Social Studio. Participants will leave the sessions with their very own one-of-a-kind bag, but also valuable insight into upcycling production processes. All materials are included in the class fee of $70 and places are limited (bookings essential).
Bagmaking Workshop From Japanese Textiles With Mikan
Friday, March 8th, 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 10th, 10am-6pm
Followed by closing reception and open-to-the-public exhibition 7-9pm
The Social Studio
128 Smith Street