The inspiration for my studio work this semester was the unexpected beauty of Japanese boro textiles. This type of fabric was created during the 19th and 20th centuries as a means of survival in the harsh winters of Aomori, the very North of Japan. The extremely poor created this aesthetic out of rags to fulfill the need of warmth and protection. But through the layering of fabrics, patches, stitches, and tatters something happened. Boro cloth was not intended to be beautiful, or even designed, but it is obvious that these textiles became a great deal more than utilitarian objects. It was my assignment to find the right amount of deterioration, chaos, and beauty that lends itself to a collection that is worthy of representing the remarkable Japanese craft of boro in a contemporary way.