This is a personal project that is close to my heart. I lived in Japan for eleven years and one of the most prominent styles during the Edo period in Japan were Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. I wanted to do something with this form of art but wanted to put my personal twist on it. Living in Eugene, Oregon, the birthplace of Nike, I came up with this idea to combine the West and the East. When looking at her, you wouldn’t think that she would be wearing Nike’s underneath her kimono. However, in the 21st century, it would be feasible that a geisha would be wearing Nike’s. Whether it be that she is running to her next appointment or geisha practice, women want to wear comfortable shoes (especially in the time that we live in today) and I wanted to convey that with this artwork.
I will be continuing this personal project in the future.