We are thrilled to share photos of our wonderful installation by designer Christina Kim of dosa. With her exquisite eye for color and texture she turned the TIINA the STORE gallery space into a dreamy world full of vibrant mandalas, subtly dyed pink fabrics, and an entire room of white and indigo. Here are photos from the beautiful installation as well as the story behind her creations.
Friend and artist, Kathy Klein creates intricate danmalas using flowers and natural materials. She first centers herself in a devotional space and remains in this meditative space while she gathers and builds each unique piece. The danmalas remind us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature, creation, and the eternal mystery. Four hundred photographs of her work were used to fill the wall, each image has the materials, time and place in which the danmala was made hand written on the back. Missy Flowers created a meadow of wildflowers as part of the installation.
Christina filled the first room with a beautiful palette of pinks and cream. In true dosa fashion, the clothing is dyed in unique and sustainable ways. Working with the Adiv Temple Blessings Project in India, temple offerings of marigold, hibiscus, and coconut husks that would normally be thrown away, are used to dye silk and cotton fabric. Other natural dye processes used are annotto seed, which creates a vibrant yellow orange hue, rose petals to make plum and brown and sappanwood which is high in tannins and creates warm reds and subtle pinks.
The second room has a refreshing palette of indigo and white, clothing, home textiles, pillows and patchwork handbags on display. Christina works with Indigo artist Gasali Onireke Adeyemo to hand dye beautiful natural shades of blue. He knows the color well, it grows wild in his Native Nigeria. According to Gasali ”the color blue is love”. Incredible one of a kind Jamdani dresses and light jackets are truly works of art. The highly skilled weavers who make them use centuries old weaving techniques, often working without a drawing to create motifs that appear to float on the fabric. In India this fabric is the ultimate symbol of luxury, and we couldn’t agree more.
Artist Maria Moyer’s work was also on display. Her hand carved porcelain vessels are painted with cobalt (rather than glazed), which gives them their unique color. The work explores reoccurring patterns in nature: ripples on water, fish scales, feathers and plant cells.
The installation was up through to Labor Day weekend, 2016. Come by to visit this beautiful space and shop these one of a kind pieces!