Discover the History of Kioku Patterns

IPNOTICA

The journey as a memory, as nature, as artistic research. This is where a particular tension between art and nature takes root: Ipnotica first edition from Kioku.

This series of “object-clothes”, born out of an alchemical reinterpretation of memories of travel captured by a camera, tells the story of an unexpected encounter between Japan and the Western American Parks. This inspiration, where reality blends into the dreamworld, gives life to hypnotic designs transposed onto silk twills from ancient silk factories in Como.

The result? A sartorial poem consisting of nine kaleidoscopic patterns spread across twelve outfits, providing the possibility of over one hundred different combinations and allowing the wearer to play with endless interpretations. Here, there are no timings, constraints, or barriers.

The essential proportions, pure volumes, and use of a precious material, namely silk, combined with strictly Italian craftsmanship constitute the heart of this project, which features clothes with a soft line that, underlining forms without defining them, gently sway and flutter on the body, following its movements as nature’s truest ideal of grace.

What emerges is a natural silhouette, as fine and gentle as a pencil stroke, in which aesthetic clarity melds with hypnotic labyrinths of colour which occasionally reflect energetic bursts of light or the delicacy of a flower whose handsome petals take on different shades in the light of a sunrise or sunset. Such is the case with the pinkish hues of Hanami Blossom, formed by mandala-carpets of cherry blossom petals, or the iridescent green reflections that explode in Green Heights, a journey through the centuries-old sequoias of the American park named for its stately residents.

In a fluid and free association, the words of Roland Barthes – as written in the Empire of Signs – come to mind here: “from that part of the world – down there – I can take a certain number of traits and use them to deliberately make a system”. At once modern and timeless.

Morning Dome

Half Dome rises majestically in the heart of Yosemite Park, California, surveying the forest below from its impressive height of 2700 metres. The most famous granite stone in the park, its walls change colour throughout the day, reflecting the most minute shifts in the light. Morning Dome is the cold, metallic reflection of the rock at dawn.

Afternoon Dome

The granite of the most famous peak in Yosemite Park, Half Dome, catches the eye from afar, rising 2700 metres above the forest that surrounds it. As the sun passes through the sky, its iridescent rock takes on the most varied range of nuances. Afternoon Dome contains some of the warm shades of the sunset.

Green Heights

As you move through the thousands of centuries-old sequoias in the Sequoia National Park in California, you feel teeny tiny, as if in a fairytale. A green and dizzying labyrinth made for wandering through with your eyes gazing upwards, lost in the ever-changing lights and leaves with their endless reflections. The ones woven into Green Heights.

Z Point

It looks like the moon but it’s actually California, Zabriskie Point. Perhaps the most famous collection of gullies in the world, millions of years old. Definitely the best vantage point to spend a stifling August morning appreciating the way the desert sun dances off the rock, creating endless colour variations.

Desert Sweets

The cowboys used to call them Indians, chasing them under the red sandstone towers that dominate Monument Valley. Remarkable examples of cave art have been left here by the Navajo natives, who came from Canada to this plateau between Nevada and Utah. Their reflections are hidden in this collection.

The Temple

Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple to the east of Kyoto and is one of the Historical Monuments of the ancient capital of Japan. The main entrance door to the temple of the three-storey pagoda, “Sanjuno-to”, is hidden in this mandala in a multiplied form.

Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama, to the west of Kyoto, is home to one of Japan’s most famous bamboo forests. The bamboo, which towers above you at between 5 and 20 metres high, creates an enveloping atmosphere that involves all the senses, leaving memories sure to stay with you forever. Memories engraved by the light of a dreary day are reflected in the folds of this composition.

Sanctuary

The Shintoist sanctuary Fushimi Inari Taisha – dedicated to the God of Rice – has a dizzying gallery of a thousand orange Torii, offering you a spiritual journey along the Inari mountain. A thousand bamboo doors, lacquered in vivid orange and decorated with votive inscriptions, are reflected in this kaleidoscopic composition.

Hanami Blossom

Hanami is the most hotly anticipated time to visit the Shinjuku Gyo-en National Garden in Tokyo. During the blossoming of the cherry trees, the bright green of the meadow is sprinkled with white and pink petals, weaving a carpet that changes pattern at each tiny gust of wind. One of these unique moments is captured and multiplied in Hanami Blossom.