first attempt of hand stitching an illustration.
...and i almost died from stitching! it's therapeutic to do stitching but not when you are rushing for deadline. :-/
ミナを着て旅に出よう (wearing Mina and go traveling) is the title of a book i read long ago. it's written by Akira Minagawa, who is the designer behind the fashion brand, Mina Perhonen. the book was basically about how he turned himself from a long distance runner to a part-timer in the fish market and finally a fashion designer. in the fish market, he observed life and got inspired. Akira Minagawa puts simple motifs which you can find in everyday life onto fabrics. he is a fashion designer with the spirit of a long distance runner, who believes in making fashion that has stamina to cross through lapse of time without losing its charm.
i wonder why most fashion only focus the beauty and vibrancy on the young ones while the old ones seems to be neglected most of the time. to me, an elderly like my grandmother, who is a long distance runner in her own journey of life, deserves wearing Mina Perhonen with long distance runner's spirit. what you see on the canvas is a picture i took of my grandmother on a trip to the southern part of the world. the first picture that captured her laughing so happily hard.