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With a long history in the fashion industry as a designer and patternmaker, I have been exploring artisan approaches to clothing production and realization, that reflect and pay homage to the Japanese soto zen practice I have been engaged with over the last 20 years. For this project I propose to create indigo-dyed hipari sitting/meditation jackets that are handmade and utilitarian in their execution, and unique and compelling for their subtle detail and compositional elements, incorporating the changeable process and results of indigo dye. I am completely capable of producing this product from start to finish (create pattern, cut, sew, dye, detailed finishes) however it is quite time consuming for one person. With the opportunity to work in this residency format, I hope to be able to combine my vision and design approach in a hands-on way with the appropriate production capacities enabled by Workshop, to realize a more robust and varied selection of this imminently atrractive and spiritually rich garment for men & women. As a potential partner and advisor to my residency, I continue to work with Yoshiko Wada, a renowned Berkeley-based indigo dye specialist and author of many books on the subject.