From the ceiling of the concept shop, we’ve hung a large hand-tied net. Before the year is over, this net will be brimming with pieces of origami folded by… you! As the crowds flowed in and out on the night of our Capitol Hill Art Walk, we asked people to write down a hope or dream for the year to come. Then, in a quick lesson, we taught them how to fold that peace of paper containing the wish into a simple star box. The net has steadily been amassing these inscribed star boxes ever since, and will continue to fill until the end of 2018.
People often ask why we carry kimonos. For Francine Moo-Young, the collector and curator, that's one of the easiest questions to answer. She's inspired by the cut, the colors, the patterns and the history of the garment. "When I see a kimono I like, my mind floods with ideas. Some times those ideas are so abstract it's hard to see the path to where it leads. The ideas come to me like a cluster spreading out in all different directions."