クロマトープ About Chromatope

View from Chromatope Studio

Welcome.  This is the Chromatope Shop where art and goods made by Ruri Clarkson (Hi, that's me) can be viewed and purchased. Thank you for taking interest in my work, and I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

In this shop, I have original items that I created in my Tokyo studio as well as items that I made together with artisans in Japan.

Liberation of  Traditional Motifs

Chromatope is a series I crafted to shake off history's claim to traditional fabric motifs. I felt a need to ‘save’ the gorgeously embroidered motifs found in dark-lit museums where I frequent for research. I could feel the old motifs pines and plum blossoms sinking deeper into the waters of the past.

In a personal sense, I yanked the age-old motifs out from their institutional prison by playfully redrawing them in watercolor, collage, and pencil with a mind towards loosening them up. It wasn’t long before the motifs wiggled into action, and guided me as if having wills of their own. 

The title of the series borrows from the Greek words for color (chroma) and common place (topos). Chromatope series is my response to the movement where women spoke up all over the world in an unprecedented scale and announced their liberation from old codes.  

Chromatope(クロマトープ)とはなんでしょうか。

『Chromatope』(クロマトープ)は色と紋様を愛するファッション・ブランド。和の紋様を始め中国・東欧の紋様を歴史から解き放ち、手仕事の活きた服やバッグを作っています。

2017年刺繍アーティストRuri Clarkson(クラークソン瑠璃)により、スタート。Ruri Clarksonは図案・デザインを鉛筆で描き、刺繍をおこし、試作して使い、お客様に届ける、という全ての制作のプロセスを自らの手で、時に職人さんの手を使って行っています。山のように作られ、愛されずに廃棄されていくファッションは虚しい。少女時代に憧れた綺麗な色を作ったり、まとったりすることの喜びをおすそ分けすることができたら、という思いのこもった刺繍シリーズです。

 

クロマトープという名前に意味はありますか?

Chromaは古代ギリシア語で 色、Toposは 公の場という意味を持ちます