Woah. The last time I posted was on August 30th right after I had moved back on campus and settled in to the swing of college life again. From then till now has been a whirlwind. It is crazy how when you are so busy you blink and three months fly by.
My time here has been consumed by studies, sports, and the occasional mini adventures (but lets be honest, mostly studying)
This past semester I have been taking an art course titled “Adornment” to fulfill one of my electives for my Art concentration. I am working on my Interdisciplinary Studies degree in which I am studying Art, Sociology, and Marketing. The first project for this class was to make a Kimono or an altered version of a traditional Kimono. Kimonos are quite a unique piece because they serve as a functional garment but also a piece of artwork at the same time. The actual construction of making a Kimono is super interesting but for the sake of this post I will not go into the details of that, although if you are interested you should definitely look it up ;). I love this idea of well made, meaningful pieces of clothing that is functional but also beautiful. You should not have to lessen the quality and functionality of a product to make it beautiful or aesthetically pleasing.
To go about making this item we researched different methods of decorating the kimono. Before I choose what method I wanted to do I thought through what I wanted to convey by my piece. I decided I wanted to tell the beautiful story of how God clothes me with His perfect righteousness even though I am horribly broken and far far from perfect.
The inside of my kimono is made of a black cotton fabric that I distressed with scissors, x-acto knives, nails, etc. In the middle of the inside of the garment the word “chaos” is written right side up and then upside down in Japanese. My life is consumed by chaos without Christ. I get so caught up and tangled in the craziness of my own brokenness that I loose sight of what actually matters. Although I constantly am falling short, God is constantly forgiving me. When Christ looks at me He sees His perfect self and the work of the Cross on me. By the grace of God, He has adopted me into His family, and I no longer bare my name, but I bare the name of Christ. He has taken my chaotic and broken life and has embraced me, loved me, and forgiven me, and He has clothed me with His own righteousness. The outside of my garment is pure white with golden doves stamped all over it – starting with more congested doves at the bottom and thinning out toward the top of the garment. The prophet Isaiah talks of how our sin is red like crimson, but we become as white as snow by the work of Christ, “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”(Isaiah 1:18). I am cleansed from my sin, and seen as clean in the sight of the Lord. The gold doves represent the Holy Spirit engulfing my life — the Spirit is within me and surrounds me.
The act of putting on the garment is a symbol for how Christ clothes me with the garment of salvation: “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).
I do not think that the pictures fully do this piece justice, but I also wanted to share my work with y’all. I also think that even though I gave a description and explanation of this, the only way to understand the full story is to experience the piece its self. I think there are some things in life that is best expressed through physical artwork rather than words (although words can be made into art as well).
I see Art as so much more than just an avenue to create aesthetically pleasing things. I think we can tell stories through art and portray some of Gods truth, goodness and beauty in a way that is not possible to convey by just words. I think this is true in all forms of art whether it is painting, writing, dancing, etc. I hope I have inspired you to channel your inner creator 😉
Thanks for reading and God bless!