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Shifuku

A Stitch in time: My sewing background. 

I've been sewing pretty much most of my life, my earliest piece being a dress for my sister when I was just 4 years old. A waistcoat with pockets and hand-stitched button holes at 14 and at 17 I was making neck-ties to fundraise for my gap year in Japan. Over the last 15 years I've variously worked in fashion and Interiors; making cushions, entirely hand-stitched curtains and the occasional upholstery piece. So I know a thing or two about fabric, how it falls and turning the perfect corner!

My Practice now

An alchemy of Tea & Textiles

Two years ago, Adam Sōmu, my Cha-no-yu teacher, asked me if I'd have a go at making a shifuku. And so I turned my considerable sewing experience to unravelling the secrets of the shifuku. And I was hooked! I'd found my calling in these intricate, omplex and beautiful pieces. Each one a tiny, individual work of art in its own right. I now focus my work on creating fabric goods for the tea ceremony in particular. I take a contemporary approach to this traditional sphere with the fabrics I use and am continuously experimenting with ideas in decoration and construction. 

In 2019 I set up my studio and am now producing stock pieces for my Etsy shop and commissions for tea people around the world. I work closely with my clients to imbue each piece I create with a little something extra special that is unique to them. 

I braid all the himo (cords) specifically for each shifuku, using colour, pattern and texture to express a theme or idea or simply to harmonise and tell a story with the fabric and/or the item it's made for. 

I have amassed a unique collection of beautiful fabrics, drawn from the worlds of fashion and interior design as well as collected items from my travels and fabrics donated to the collection by clients.

Shifuku sit at the core of my practice but of course I make all and any fabric goods associated with the Japanese Tea Ceremony and am always open to creating something new. Be it researching, learning and creating a specific item or experimenting to create something unique for a client. I am also branching out into Kimono & Obi.

 

Please email me on kyle@kyle-whittington.com or contact me @shifukubykyle on instagram to discuss a commission or to view the fabric collection. 

Studio

Where the magic happens, welcome to my Studio.

Gallery

Shop

Explore my Etsy shop for stock items and made to order

Making

Discover my process, discoveries and experiences

View my gallery of works and get inspired to commission your own.

Where the magic happens, welcome to my Studio

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