Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday Wicked Design

string of cranes 3 piece brooch

This week I wanted to share with you the beautiful designs of Melanie Gray Augustin. While living in Japan Melanie fell in love with the Japanese Kimono and Obi Fabrics, their colours and the symbolism of the motifs used in their design. Six years later, when Melanie returned to Australia, she decided she wanted to share these gorgeous fabrics with others and so Kimono Reincarnate was born.

Sourcing most of her kimono fabric from specialist second hand stores and antique markets, Melanie crafts beautiful pendants and brooches. She returns each year to seek out exciting new stock for her designs. Each piece is handmade and totally unique.

Melanie sells her designs online via etsy and through her website. She also sells through stockists Australia wide.

I just love the patterns of the vintage Japanese Kimono fabric, some of my favourite designs are shown below. There are many many more to choose from on her website.

kimono flower in pink vintage kimono pendant

tea anyone brooch

Melanie's latest collection "kawaii" (Japanese for cute) reflects the modern, fresh fashions that can be seen on the streets of Tokyo.

matryoshka fabric pendant

Melanie's blog is a personal account of her life, loves, and her latest Kimono Reincarnate projects. Melanie is as lovely in person as she comes across in her blog, so pop on over and say hi, I know she would love to hear from you.

Hope you're all having a great Wednesday.


  1. Thank you so much for the lovely feature Michelle!

  2. These are gorgeous pieces Michelle. Thank you for the link, I am off to take a look.
    Rebecca x


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