Travel as memory, as nature, as artistic research.
The Kioku designs of the Ipnotica collection start from here, from a particular tension between art and nature.
Born from an alchemic reinterpretation of travel memories captured by a camera, this series of "object-fabrics" recounts the unexpected encounter between Japan and the American Western Parks. From this inspiration, where reality blends with the dream, hypnotic designs come to life, transposed on silk from ancient Como silk factories.
The result is a sartorial poem of nine kaleidoscopic designs that allows the wearer to play with infinite possibilities of interpretation, without schedules, constraints, or barriers.
Natural silhouettes emerge, as subtle as a pencil stroke, in which aesthetic clarity blends with hypnotic labyrinths of color that reflect energetic flashes of light or the delicacy of a flower that takes on different shades in the light of a sunrise or sunset. This is the case of the pinkish tones of Hanami Blossom, formed by the carpet-mandala of cherry blossom petals, or the iridescent green reflections that explode in Green Heights, a journey through the thousand-year-old redwoods of the American park of the same name.
Half Dome rises majestically in the heart of Yosemite Park, California, surveying the forest below from its impressive height of 2700 meters. The most famous granite stone in the park, its walls change color throughout the day, reflecting the most minute shifts in the light. Morning Dome is the cold, metallic reflection of the rock at dawn.
The granite of the most famous peak in Yosemite Park, Half Dome, catches the eye from afar, rising 2700 meters above the forest that surrounds it. As the sun passes through the sky, its iridescent rock takes on the most varied range of nuances. Afternoon Dome contains some of the warm shades of the sunset.
As you move through the thousands of centuries-old sequoias in the Sequoia National Park in California, you feel teeny tiny, as if in a fairytale. A green and dizzying labyrinth made for wandering through with your eyes gazing upwards, lost in the ever-changing lights and leaves with their endless reflections. The ones woven into Green Heights.
It looks like the moon but it’s actually California, Zabriskie Point. Perhaps the most famous collection of gullies in the world, millions of years old. Definitely the best vantage point to spend a stifling August morning appreciating the way the desert sun dances off the rock, creating endless color variations.
The cowboys used to call them Indians, chasing them under the red sandstone towers that dominate Monument Valley. Remarkable examples of cave art have been left here by the Navajo natives, who came from Canada to this plateau between Nevada and Utah. Their reflections are hidden in this collection.
Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple to the east of Kyoto and is one of the Historical Monuments of the ancient capital of Japan. The main entrance door to the temple of the three-storey pagoda, “Sanjuno-to”, is hidden in this mandala in a multiplied form.
Arashiyama, to the west of Kyoto, is home to one of Japan’s most famous bamboo forests. The bamboo, which towers above you at between 5 and 20 metres high, creates an enveloping atmosphere that involves all the senses, leaving memories sure to stay with you forever. Memories engraved by the light of a dreary day are reflected in the folds of this composition.
The Shintoist sanctuary Fushimi Inari Taisha - dedicated to the God of Rice – has a dizzying gallery of a thousand orange Torii, offering you a spiritual journey along the Inari mountain. A thousand bamboo doors, lacquered in vivid orange and decorated with votive inscriptions, are reflected in this kaleidoscopic composition.
Hanami is the most hotly anticipated time to visit the Shinjuku Gyo-en National Garden in Tokyo. During the blossoming of the cherry trees, the bright green of the meadow is sprinkled with white and pink petals, weaving a carpet that changes pattern at each tiny gust of wind. One of these unique moments is captured and multiplied in Hanami Blossom.