Ikagi is a small collection of prints inspired by the colours and translucency featured in Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures in Kew Gardens.
The prints have been created by alcohol ink paintings that I have made, which were then combined with illustrations I drew, primary images from London I took and Japanese text. The Japanese text is important in the prints as they have deeper meanings. Words for example: 生き甲斐 , ‘ikigai’, are Japanese words with no English word equivalent. Instead these words can only be described and broken down into explanations or phrases.
‘Ikigai’ for instance means, ‘what makes your life worthwhile, and what motivates you to wake up in the morning’. I find that fashion design is one of the most motivational aspects in my life as well as my love to create.
Another example would be the word 一期一会, ‘ichi-go ichi-e’, meaning to treasure every encounter, for it will never recur. Phrases and meanings like these are interesting to consider in life.
These designs have then been sublimation printed onto silk satin. I then hope to develop these prints further for my final fashion collection.
Words: Becki Ball, Fashion Design, @beccifashion