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NY Artists: Katie Chaplin
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It's hard to believe that when Katie contacted us she had only been painting for two years!

Katie's ambition is to design her own kimono.

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» Read about Katie's trip to Japan

I began painting on silk in 2003, whilst working as a musician and singer. Taught and inspired by Jill, I quickly developed my own style of painting figures, sometimes using batik techniques to make sharp contrasts of colour.

After participating in the Venice carnival, I began to think about masks; in particular, the way faces can conceal or reveal our emotions. Jill and I launched vintagekimono.co.uk, and I began to experiment painting geisha.

The main challenge was how to portray character and feeling behind the white
'mask' of a geisha's makeup.

When I am not painting I regularly model vintage ceremonial kimono, as well as studying Japanese dance, tea ceremony and origami.

I feel these arts complement one another as they have a similar underlying philosophy. In the future I hope to incorporate traditional textile decoration and embroidery techniques into my paintings, and maybe even design my own kimono.

Katie Chaplin

» Fellow Vintage Kimono artist Jill Clay

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