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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No10


Mandala Lotus No10
2024

Lotus petals open in this world. The truth that turns 7 times and rises on the 8th. Courage and Patience. Walking, step by step.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus No9


Mandala Lotus No9
2024

Lotus petals open in this world. The truth that turns 7 times and rises on the 8th. Courage and Patience. Walking, step by step.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Sacred Places

Letter of Intention:

Our intention

Modern Japan is well-regarded internationally, but what of the deeper spirit of Japan? My Japanese contemporaries seem to have forgotten the sacred knowledge of the origin of Japan. This deeper knowledge arises only when one’s awareness has been refined through regular presence in a sacred place. This is the true strength of Japan. Why is France the proper place for this exhibition? Living in Paris for 25 years, I have felt that many French people respect the authentic spirit of Japan and show a keen wish to discover more about it. I have observed that French practitioners of the Japanese arts of judo, aikido and karate work seriously and assiduously at their practice, often showing a greater grasp of the original purity of Japan than is shown by the Japanese themselves. Although I am Japanese and grew up in Japan, my awareness of the deeper essence of the Japanese spirit developed only during my years in Paris, when I saw how the French respected and understood Japanese culture.

After 25 years in Paris, I have returned to live in Japan where I act as a link between France and Japan, both forever united in my heart with a deep sense of gratitude. I met the dancer Soluna in Paris. Her dance is a soulful conversation with the sacred spirit of Japan. I wanted her movement to express the sacred dimension of Japan, and the union of the sacred spirit of Japan with the soul of France. I make dresses; this is the creative path I have followed for 25 years. The first time I saw the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre, I felt the powerful, sacred energy of this statue as though it were alive and immortal: Grace taking form through the wind, symbol of complete freedom. I recognized that same freedom in the dresses created by Madeleine Vionnet. I developed my own way of creating dresses in that spirit of freedom, working with a full-size mannequin in front of a mirror. My intention has been to create dresses that convey the same experience as the Winged Victory: complete freedom. Like the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the dancer is united with the dress of freedom. Wearing this dress, she visited and performed at the sacred sites of Japan in October 2017.

I would like to show the sacred dimension of Japan by presenting the dress of freedom in France, to serve as a bridge that reveals the sacred spirit of both Japan and France. This is my wish.

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The spiritualisation of Matter

Matter becomes Spirit

The spiritualisation of Matter

Allow spirit to act through Matter

It is rather to surrender oneself, allowing Spirit to penetrate Matter

Love is found between the surrender of self and the surrender to Spirit.

Hands, now imbued with this Love, touch Matter

Matter fuses with this Love

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The miracle of life

“I have created dresses,

but what I wish to show you is the miracle of life.

A miracle is the realization and the materialization of that which seems impossible.

A tear turning into a diamond is not a miracle.

This is miracle.”

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1994

Fashion is experiencing a period of transformation, and at this time of change I wish to seek out what new reason there may be for the existence of the Dress. I CREATE DRESSES FOLLOWING MY OWN WAY. The technical aspects of my own way of creating a Dress developed as I worked over the course of a year. I always respect the fabric; the fabric is living. I never oppose it. I always obey the fabric’s own fall and line.

As a result, the Dress I create follows the form of the human body. The fabric is folded, twisted, stretched: a Dress is completed. It takes life through the human body. The Dress is not inert. It is alive.

Every living thing evolves, just as a human being does. Fashion has left childhood and adolescence behind, and stands at a threshold: it must move on towards maturity. The time has come to change the reason behind the existence of the Dress. I feel the new Dress will be the Dress of maturity. A new Dress will be born out of maturity. It will encompass the whole process of the history of Fashion. This is what I wish to explore and experience by following my own way when I create a Dress. BEGINNING / ENDING I have looked back to the origins of the Dress. The Dress that I am exhibiting now expresses my research into the evolution of Fashion from its beginnings. I hope on another occasion in the future to present the conclusions to which my research leads me. Thank you. PARIS, March 1994 Fukuko Ando

In 1994, I felt that the Dress I would create for the future would be a new step in the evolution of Fashion. Now in 2014, I feel that my Dress is actually a step beyond Fashion itself. My own way of creating a Dress has led me to this conclusion.

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MY BEGINNING

Madeleine Vionnet’s Dresses and the Winged Victory of Samothrace

I arrived in Paris in 1991.Two revelations in my life led to my beginning to create my unique pieces in my own way: the dresses created by Madeleine Vionnet and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
In 1992, I read “Vionnet”, a book by Betty Kirke.Vionnet worked with a half-size wood mannequin to create her dresses.

She used to say, “What I created was not Fashion. It is harmony: an ensemble of shapes and colours that would never change nor age. I wanted only things that would last, not just for a month or a year, but forever.” 

And, “There are no seams in the human body, anymore than there are in a piece of fruit.” These words, and the image of her dresses, revealed to me the truth about creating. She also said, “I have created dresses in my own way. All by myself, I brought about a revolution.”

She opened my eyes to the truth that real creation is complete liberation.

Complete liberation…

The Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre.

When I saw this statue for the first time, I felt an energy that was incredibly strong, sacred, the statue seemed immortal and alive. Grace becomes incarnate through the wind, which is the symbol of complete liberation. I felt the same complete freedom was expressed in the Winged Victory of Samothrace and in Vionnet’s dresses.

I began to create my dresses in my own way, as Vionnet had done, and my own unique method developed: creating a Dress with a full-size mannequin in front of a mirror and with the intention that my creation would give the same experience as the Winged Victory of Samothrace: complete liberation.

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12-robes

L’ANDROGYNE PRIMORDIAL


Union and Dissolution:
The time of the androgynies.
Light:
ONE essential vibration, having come from the Heavens and from the Earth, the miracle of Oneness resonating above and below.
ALPHA and OMEGA

The new DNA has given a newborn infant.
Man and Woman are united. This is the miracle of life.
This was and will be our original human being in universal memory.
I have arrived at 12.
We are One.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le VERBE Créateur

Le VERBE Créateur X


After the pouring of water from above, long silence.

And the Creative WORD is the birth of eternal light – the New DNA

As my body filled with Infinite love,

the seed of birth, it is DNA, that became manifest.
I felt that a new DNA had awoken at the centre of the Universe.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le VERBE Créateur

Le VERBE Créateur Y


After the pouring of water from above, long silence.

And the Creative WORD is the birth of eternal light – the New DNA

As my body filled with Infinite love,

the seed of birth, it is DNA, that became manifest.
I felt that a new DNA had awoken at the centre of the Universe.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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Le Feu du CIEL


Water from the heavens,

Water from above, bringing boundless love, endlessly flowing.

The flame of the “Fire of Spirit” ascended to heaven.

The flame turned to water.
The water of love circulated in my body.
I had a sense of Infinite love.
Memories of the past were transformed into Infinite love.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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Le Feu de l’ESPRIT


The flame of spirit burns,

but does not consume itself.

I completed my quest, finished “The Grail” dresses: a great transformation.

I completed my quest, finished “The Grail” dresses: a great transformation.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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La Fleur du TEMPS


New Birth

The sound of time arises in the Universe, above and beyond time.

I completed my quest, finished “The Grail” dresses: a great transformation.

I completed my quest, finished “The Grail” dresses: a great transformation.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le GRAAL Nouvelle Tri Unité

Le GRAAL 3 – nouvelle Tri-unité –


Three Grail dresses are ONE

The quest for a sacred object as life’s goal, even risking one’s very life, demonstrates that one’s purpose may be more important than one’s own existence.
A MOVEMENT BEFORE A BETTER WORLD

The Grail is a quest for the truth about Life

The Blood of the truth of our existence.
To create these dresses I had to experience the quest for the truth
between life and death.
It was a great transformation.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le GRAAL Nouvelle Tri Unité

Le GRAAL 2 – nouvelle Tri-Unité –


Three Grail dresses are ONE

The quest for a sacred object as life’s goal, even risking one’s very life, demonstrates that one’s purpose may be more important than one’s own existence.
A MOVEMENT BEFORE A BETTER WORLD

The Grail is a quest for the truth about Life

The Blood of the truth of our existence.
To create these dresses I had to experience the quest for the truth
between life and death.
It was a great transformation.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le GRAAL Nouvelle Tri Unité

Le GRAAL 1 – nouvelle Tri -Unité –


Three Grail dresses are ONE

The quest for a sacred object as life’s goal, even risking one’s very life, demonstrates that one’s purpose may be more important than one’s own existence.
A MOVEMENT BEFORE A BETTER WORLD

The Grail is a quest for the truth about Life

The Blood of the truth of our existence.
To create these dresses I had to experience the quest for the truth
between life and death.
It was a great transformation.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le Code MAYA

Le Code MAYA – Y – l’or


Cycles of time in the Galaxy.
The Maya calendar.

The Maya Code reveals the original memory of our galactic birth.
I have seen the galactic body.

ALPHA :
A tiny region of the Milky Way


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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12-robes Le Code MAYA

Le Code MAYA – X – l’argent


Cycles of time in the Galaxy.
The Maya calendar.

The Maya Code reveals the original memory of our galactic birth.
I have seen the galactic body.

OMEGA :
Over ten million stars.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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The Archangel  METATRON


The Archangel
METATRON
is the most powerful light of the archangels.

I wanted to begin creating the first dress from the power of that light,
forming the intention of completing 12 dresses.

C – D – E – B – A
Floating in empty space,
millions of light-years separate them from each other.
Galaxies are the cells of the Universe.


Sound is a particular type of vibration for the universe
to manifest itself through waves that can be captured by something or someone.

We now know that the entire universe vibrates:
matter, atoms, light, color . We can thus say that we are nothing but one sound , a vibration.”

“HEXAGON door invites you to the riddle of life.
You are even ENIGMA life.”


( Fukuko Ando )

“Life has always manifested in many ways the natural architecture that enable our entire reality .

Geometry is one of the ways that allows us to contemplate or to understand what is hidden to our eyes, as the riddle of life.

The hexagon could express all the basic energy structures of the universe known and unknown through his Sacred Geometry, as well as “The Platonic solids” contains this infinite and inexhaustible information available to us all .”


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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No8


Mandala Lotus No8
2023

Lotus petals open in this world. The truth that turns 7 times and rises on the 8th. Courage and Patience. Walking, step by step.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus No7


Mandala Lotus No7
2022

Lotus petals open in this world. The truth that turns 7 times and rises on the 8th. Courage and Patience. Walking, step by step.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus No6


Mandala Lotus No6
2022

After darkness and evil are swallowed by the great flower of light, quietly, surely, slowly, blood vessels of light begin to flow.The veins of light pass through everything. New beginning.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus No5


Mandala Lotus No5
2022

The power of light eats up all darkness and evil, and the flower of light blooms. Everything is swallowed up by the great flower of light.

Taffeta  silk / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Creation Process

May all people in the world be content. May they see the lotus spark in all others, and may the light of love shine in our hearts. May all live in harmony.

Fukuko Ando

The Dress as a Sculpture

In my work, a piece of fabric is transformed into a dress through an intense and unbroken engagement with each wave of change in the fabric’s own swell and movement.

The starting point is a flat piece of fabric. Sewing a raised broderie into this flat surface introduces a new three-dimensional note, creating waves of movement and new shapes and swell as the fabric responds. 

I make a single cut into the new swell in the fabric. The fabric responds again and

I follow the fabric’s waves of movement intuitively. From action to response, the story of this dress is being written, moment to moment, as each change and response happens. 

My hands have to see and grasp the story that the fabric is telling. The fabric takes on a life of its own, with new mandalas flowering in it, one after another.

More complex shapes are created by cross cuts, twists in the fabric, new broderies.

After a long time, my hands become still. The dress is complete: a piece of fabric has become a living mandala.

I work so that different dimensions can flower one by one on the same piece of fabric, just as the petals of a lotus flower open one after another.

Like the cell and the body, we can zoom in to see the micro-mandalas sewn into the detail of the dress, and we can stand back to see the macro-mandala of the whole dress.

Fukuko Ando


A piece of fabric becomes a lotus mandala dress.

The fabric is like the soil in which to sow the seeds of the mandala.

The needle becomes the mandala seed.

Each stitch draws a new world.

Cutting the fabric brings forth a new dimensional space.

New petals open in a new space. A new life opens skyward.

The opening of a new life expresses the mandala consciousness. 

The fabric is imbued with consciousness.


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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No4


Mandala Lotus No4
2022

The light of the blue rose reaches deep into the ground to open the stone door. Everything revives. Everything is resurrected.

Blue Rose / Blue light

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Creation

Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus

Creating these 48 Mandala Lotus Dresses, here at this elder stage of my life, is hope, awareness and prayer. Creation is a source of pure inspiration taking form as the human life force.

Inspiration arises from within, when you feel the truth burning within you. I follow that inspiration.

The consciousness of the Mandala Lotus was born out of an effort to preserve pure light as inspiration in this chaotic world, a place like muddy water.



Yes, what we need to know above all is the law of effort. If we forget this necessity, we must pay the price of physical and mental degeneration: our consciousness loses its power to follow inspiration.

And creation may be selflessness. With constant patience, eliminating one’s own thoughts, eliminating one’s ego, connecting with inspiration without being distracted by the muddy spirit of the world.

Like Mount Fuji which stands tall and unaffected by the chaos of this world.


Our life force is naturally maintained by the cosmic order. The fundamental reality of life, the sublime joy of human existence, no matter how miserable, bitter, or dirty the world may be. If beautiful, shining lotus flowers exist in this world, may we not also live like them? That awareness should change this world.

A lotus flower is life-centred, shining beyond everything. The lotus flower is not affected by muddy water. It is a symbol of joy that shines through the mud. A person’s true joy and happiness must arise after they overcome hardships and break through muddy waters, like a lotus flower blooming.

For me, the effort to break through the muddy waters of this world is the perseverance to use fabric and thread to carve an eternity out of this world’s moments. It is a time of patience that transforms each stitch into eternity.


I empty myself.


Only the presence of cloth, thread, and one needle weave eternal time. I am not there. In this world of greed, dirt, and deadly laziness, every movement of my hand dreams of a future lotus flower.

One day when the 48 lotus dresses bloom, it will surely become a great mandala. The time will come when its absoluteness will pierce the darkness of this world, and with patience and effort, connecting each moment with inspiration, there will dawn an era in which newborn truths shall bloom. Like Mt. Fuji, which stands tall, unaffected by the poisons of this world.


Mandala Lotus Series

Chronological order :

Mandala Lotus 012020
Mandala Lotus 022021
Mandala Lotus 032021
Mandala Lotus 042022
Mandala Lotus 052022
Mandala Lotus 062022
Mandala Lotus 072022
Mandala Lotus 082023
Mandala Lotus 092024
Mandala Lotus 102024
Chūjō-hime (中将姫, Chūjō-himeMiddle Captain Princess)

When I was little, I read the story of Chūjō-hime (747–775). And I was very impressed.I always remembered that I longed for the process that the lotus thread was pulled out, and when it touched flowers of various colors,  the thread was dyed like a dream and the mandala was completed.

Fukuko Ando

Here you can find my creation process :

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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No3


Mandala Lotus No3
2021

The ritual fire becomes a flame. Purifying flowers in the burning time. The flower of flame burns.

Taffeta  Polyester / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No2


Mandala Lotus No2
2021

Mother crystal flower. Mother crystal flower that exists in the transparent wave of time. Mother crystal flowers make a lot of seeds. It is mother

Taffeta  silk / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Mandala Lotus

Mandala Lotus No1


Mandala Lotus No1
2020

Swamp of time. The moment when a miracle flower is born from the green light. The light of the source of creation

Taffeta silk / Embroidery thread

Breathing is the beginning of everything. Inhale, exhale, hope and love expand. Receive all blessings, the blue blessing is water and the blessing of red is fire. There is water in the fire and there is fire in the water. It’s the secret of life.

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Exhibit

WEAVING (THE) COSMOS

Fukuko Ando, who worked and lived in Paris for the past 25 years,
created a first series of 140 dolls in crochet during the summer of 2005.

Having recently moved back to Japan, during the Autumn of 2019 she created a new series of dolls which is now presented in this exhibition

( Lisbon / Year : 2020 )

ORIENT MUSEUM

(Museu do Oriente) Lisbon

Year 2020

WEAVING (THE) COSMOS

The Japanese artist and fashion designer Fukuko Ando, who worked and lived in Paris for the past 25 years, created a first series of 140 dolls in crochet during the summer of 2005. Having recently moved back to Japan, she produced a new series of 112 dolls which is now presented for the first time in this exhibition, alongside with a part of the 2005 production, previously shown in Tokyo and Paris. They are 25 variations of the seven sisters of the Greek mythology after which the seven brightest stars forming the Pleiades were named: Alcyone, Merope, Maia, Electra, Taygete, Celaeno, Sterope.

The artist endowed each doll with different codes and messages, based on the concept according to which “no human bodies are the same, and yet we are all essentially united in the cosmic dance of the universe”. Perfecting her technical skills while collaborating with Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix, in Paris, Ando went on to create her own collections. Her work is made out of the finest fabrics and materials, through a long, unique and rigorous manual process. Ando’s dresses reflect her deeply spiritual and mystical vision of life.

The 12 Dresses ensemble refers to the four fundamental forces that govern all interactions in the Universe. Consciously eschewing fashion’s traditional patterns and procedures for confectioning a garment, Fukuko Ando creates dresses that first and foremost respect and follow the shapes of the human body. Skilfully harmonising classical creative techniques with the natural form and movement of the body, she sublimates both. Through her wearable and danceable luminous and colourful visual poems, Ando explores the secret magic of lively matters with which she re-enchants the haute couture, intertwining being and appearing, ancient wisdom and a joyful spontaneous infancy spirit.

The Japanese born designer Fukuko Ando has a very personal vision of fashion and of the creative art of garment design. As her unique process and style have developed over time, Ando has stepped beyond the usual confines of Haute Couture to explore how the pieces she creates may express or manifest different aspects of our cultures, of our relations to nature and of our spiritualities.

With her creative imagination, Ando explores the invisible and energetic dimensions of the matters she uses. Confectioning the dresses directly on wood mannequins surrounded by mirrors, she is intuitively guided to follow a natural and fluid yet sophisticated movement that consists of folds, rays, grooves, veins and ribs, volutes and irregular curves forming a complex global structure. Differing from straight lines, repetitive geometrical patterns and flattened shapes, her dresses are characterized by an organic, ever-changing dynamism. Thus, several heterogeneous effects are produced such as asymmetrical reliefs and protruding volumes, elongated or truncated planes, transparencies, reflections, opacities and openings. A certain play of shadows and shimmering lights is also skilfully produced in order to reveal the quintessence of each piece, visually manifested through singular forms, colours and textures to wear. When one looks at the pieces closely, their poetic vibration can be felt.

Throughout her career, Ando used an equally astounding presentation display. Instead of the traditional models’ walks on the podium, she regularly worked in collaboration with professional dancers and choreographers to exhibit her creations.

12 Dresses

Paris, France, 2008-2012.

Made between 2008 and 2012, the 12 Dresses ensemble explores the tension between stillness, movement and flow, between infinite variation and oneness. In a very innovative and singular way, Fukuko Ando fuses design and haute couture with the art of sculpture, as she elevates the fine materials and garments to symbolic and mysterious apparitions. With a distinctive mystical twist, Ando expresses her deep spirituality through these twelve dresses. Each of them is conceived as a codified message, an in-depth journey from the maze of the atomically tiny to the astronomically vast.

As indicated by their titles, and according to a peculiar syncretism between Kabbalah, Christianity and Shintoism, the whole ensemble contains numerous references ranging from ancient alchemy and esoteric myths about origins, spiritual quests and evolution, to the notion of harmonia mundi, along with the four primary elements and the stages of human life. All dresses are characterised by their richly handmade embroideries, their uniqueness and magnificent vibrational presence.

you can visit the official site of this collection by following this link:
https://www.12robes.com/

Katherine Sirois / Curator


Fukuko Ando / Dolls and Dresses
Jorge Govea / Sound Design

Joana Belard da Fonseca / General Coordination
Katherine Sirois / Curator
Pedro Gonçalves / Design
Sara Fevereiro / Translation
Vprint – Produção de Imagem Lda. / Lettering

David Paquete, Maria Vieira, Helena Solano, Assembly and, Jorge Tomaz, Carlos Sobral / Assembly and Lighting
Collaboration:
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, MUDE- Museu do Design e da Moda

Special Thanks to:
Iñes Correia / Pedro Gomes / Fundação Ricardo Espirito Santo


Inauguration:

20th February 2020 until 13th September