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Kimonos, Boudoir and Breakfast for Lunch...

Morag Macpherson is a textile pattern designer based in Kirkcudbright, the next town along from where I live, and her studio is in the same building as my Maggie's.

Among her many creations are some amazing kimonos. The shape and cut are based on the Japanese robes, but the patterns and designs are completely Morag's.

We'd been talking for some time about doing a photo shoot, but finding the combination of the right time, the right models and the right idea proved elusive. It wasn't that we were short of ideas - if anything the problem was too many and trying to narrow it down.

However, a couple of weeks ago everything fell into place.

The Yellow Door is a gallery in Dumfries, occupied and run by a collection of artists, with ever changing exhibitions and displays. And last month, the room at the back had been done out like a boudoir, which tied in to one of the ideas we'd been discussing.

Morag's friend, Jessica, was coming down from Glasgow for a weekend and would be available for a shoot. But Morag had also been talking about this captivating lass she'd often seen on the bus from Kirkcudbright. As she described her, I suddenly realised she meant Alamnesh - who had appeared in the Magic Carpet shoot I did last year. A few more calls and texts and we had both models lined up.

As photo shoots go, this had a lot going for it. Not only did I have wonderful models in amazing kimonos in a great location, but the owner, Luke, had been running a breakfast event before we arrived and there was plenty of food left over which we tucked into when we had a break.

Additionally, he gave us the run of the building, which included a run down, decaying attic space that has yet to be done up. This meant we could do a second, very different style of shoot. From sumptious boudoir to urban decay - showing how the kimonos could be used in a variety of settings.

I should also mention, the cushions in the boudoir shots are also Morag's creations.

Below are a few of the photos from the shoot, but click through to my Facebook album (you don't need to be a member to access it) to see the full set.

As always, feel free to click on the images for larger versions.


hope said...

Never a dull moment for you, huh? :)

Love the color of the clothing against the plainer background. (The others are a feast of color, don't get me wrong, they are beautiful in a different way).

Pat said...

They are stunning - girls, designs and shots but you are having too much fun. You're supposed to suffer for your art.

Anonymous said...

Oh my you are having a great deal of FUN. :) Fantastic to know and to hear about.


neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

I don't know if I've ever talked about this on my blog...I'm a fabricholic. I collect, save for craft. The fabric here is gorgeous. So are the girls, the setting in the boudoir, and the urban decay simply highlights the beauty of the kimono.

Well done, Kim, Morag and models!

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - loads of dull moments - I only post the ones that aren't :)

Pat - It happens. The next blog post is about a shoot taking part on a beach last week. Take a look at the video to see how wrapped up we all are... :)

Phyllis - it was fun - thank you for taking the time to comment :)

Guyana Gyal - I didn't know you were a fabricholic. If/when you come to Scotland I can introduce you to Morag :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Yes! I am. I have a trunk full of fabric. My parents used to sew for a living, along running the store they had in my childhood. Now you can't leave me in a fabric shop!

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana Gyal - :)

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