Akira Isogawa and his beautiful dolls

Today I got in to Federation Square to see Akira Isogawa’s Printemps ñ …tÈ exhibition which was beautiful. The giant paper dolls and their corresponding garments were amazing in their sheer imagination and creativity, the accessories based on toy animals were fun and the the origami fabric pieces were subtle and breathtaking all at once. I have scanned a photo from the catalogue of one of the paper patterns used for making a complicated little origami shape in the middle of a piece of light calico.

How’s that for complicated? Perhaps I should make this the challenge for March’s Month of Softies… just kidding.

My favourite dress was this delicate thing (which looks a bit odd on this model but it quite lovely in the flesh – err, thread)

inspired by this collage that he made using a vintage paper doll:

I have a couple of cards with this doll on them and will be happy to send them to the first two people who leave me a comment.