Ayumi Toda (aka fabrica uka) engages herself in all aspects of creation from textile design to production. Retaining the world of fabrica uka, tayutou is born as a textile to be enjoyed for home sewing projects.
“There is a variety of ‘things’ and ‘happenings’ in our lives. You may think they exist in a same manner all the time, but they may change and come and go without you knowing like a floating air. tayutou incorporates these everyday ‘things’ and ‘happenings’ as motifs. These motifs then become moyou (patterns) and return back into the daily lives in a variety of forms.” (Ayumi Toda)
Designed by Toda who is also a hand craft artist of small items, the series feature a whole lineup of easy-to-use and stylish small patterned fabrics in six different designs including a matching tone solids. Three selected designs are highlighted here.
Root vegetables, a type of crop that absorbs nutrients from the ground has a unique look in cross section. Sometimes it looks humorous and sometimes it looks full of energy. Looking at the surface makes you feel enriched.
The design represents a fresh yet somewhat gentle feel of root vegetables that are fun to watch and tasty to eat.
An organic line connects the motifs to add a softer design flow. Take advantage of this linear look to create a fluffy skirt or a bag.
While hydrangea is the theme of this design, the petals remind you of old buttons and flat marbles.
The inspiration came from a small tin boxful of old buttons that belonged to my mother’s sewing box.
The colors are combined to make you feel somewhat sentimental.
Pieces with a nostalgic look, like a blouse with retro flair or a coin purse with a clasp opening will be great to make in this fabric.
The motif for this design is a pendant light in stained glass.
Compared to other designs, the illustration-like touch adds a softer feel.
Though initially thought to be a design that might limit the types of use, it got developed into a versatile fabric that can be applied to various ideas from small goods, fashion items to interior pieces.