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dosa at SMMoA: Between the Clouds

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dosa at SMMoA: Between the Clouds
Jul 15–Aug 18, 2012

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s gift shop, GRACIE, presents dosa at SMMoA, a unique art installation and shop featuring stunning pieces from the internationally acclaimed dosa clothing line and its renowned designer Christina Kim. Inspired by cloud formations and open skies, the installation includes fluttering papel picado strung across the ceiling in a spectrum of blue. The entrance, an outsized sliding garage door, remains open so as to erase the division between inside and outside. Passing breezes provided an unexpected soundscape of rustling paper overhead. A presentation of Spring 2012, accessories, and housewares in shades of indigo and white echoed the blue vista above.

“The first plane ride that I ever took, I was quite young. I was so inspired by the way the plane would take off, and at a certain point, you would be between the clouds. At the time I thought, ‘this is probably heaven.’ I’ve always been interested in creating that magical moment when you feel like you’re weightless in between the clouds.” – Christina Kim 

The new Spring 2012 collection is inspired by the vibrant blue and white hues of cloud formations that Christina Kim photographed while flying over Acapulco, Mexico. Kim’s photographs were used by artisans at Taller de Papel Oaxaca, a workshop that continues the Mexican tradition of hand-making paper with local materials, as inspiration to create 15 distinctive hues of blue that match the photographs’ vivid pixels. dosa translated these hues onto hand-dyed textiles, and created clothing for the new collection made from organic, hand-woven Khadi fabric, as well as from embroidered fabrics made from recycled materials. Christina Kim has also created a collection of new items available exclusively at SMMoA during the dosa at SMMoA shop.

In conjunction with dosa at SMMoA, on Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 5 pm, the Museum will host an indigo dyeing workshop, IndiGo Go Go. The workshop, conceived by SMMoA director of education Asuka Hisa, will be led by textile artist Jane Palmer of Noon Natural Dye House; Palmer regularly works with dosa to create hues made of non-toxic and sustainably grown plant materials. Workshop participants will learn the ancient Japanese technique of Shibori–a resist dye method that involves folding, stitching, tying, and clamping fabric–to create uniquely patterned cotton tea towels and scarves. The workshop is recommended for ages 13 and up. Admission is $15 and free for SMMoA members.

Noon Natural Dye House’s new Indigo Dye Kit, with instructions and materials that can be used at home, will be for sale exclusively at SMMoA’s IndiGo Go Go workshop and in the GRACIE shop for only $24.