One of my older brothers owns two Japanese omurice restaurants in Bangkok called Omu. At the moment I am working as a designer for the restaurants designing promotional posters and pop-ups, menus, uniforms and decorative items. The main Omu branch has two floors but only half of the second floor is decorated and used to accommodate customers. The other half is sort of hidden in a far corner. Since we had half of the second floor that we weren’t using, my middle brother who has a strong passion for coffee and was trained as a barista himself came up with the idea of turning it into a cafe called ‘Hideaway Cafe’. I have been involved in designing the graphics and decoration for the cafe since several months ago. Now pieces of furniture are being delivered and the cafe is starting to come into shape. To give the whole space a sense of separation between the cafe and the restaurant, my brothers asked me to make a curtain that would hang in the middle of the second floor. The finished piece is a 4-metre long heavy linen curtain dyed in indigo. The stitching and patchwork on the piece were inspired by boro textiles and visible mending techniques. Serge visited while I was working on the curtain and he helped by stitching some patterns he adapted from a book on sashiko.
I had a great time dyeing and stitching the whole piece. It did take a while to finish since the size of the fabric made it difficult to handle in the indigo vat. It was a fun project and I was glad to have help from Serge. Most importantly, it was rewarding to be able to creatively contribute to a space that has personal connections to me and my brothers. It is fascinating how our different passions and professions (food, coffee and textiles) can come together in a beautiful collaboration and support each other harmoniously. I am currently working on textile art pieces to go on the wall in Hideaway cafe…more posts on that to come.