kllylmrck was invited as 1 of the 18 artists by Underscore Magazine to collaborate with MUJI Singapore. With the opening of their new MUJI ION outlet, an exhibition was held showcasing the designs from the 18 artists, in which each artist could reinterpret an 'everyday' item. The theme I got was 'Relax' and I chose MUJI's pillow, organic cotton pillowcase as well as Hinoki essential oil. Each artist also designed a tote bag, of which sale proceeds went to charity.
Rest and relaxation calls up a memory of lying on the grass in a park, sniffing the fresh air around me- which is what I wish to emulate with the crocheted plants and mushrooms that lightly brush your face as you lie back on the pillow. In Japanese, ‘Uchi’ (うち) means ‘Home’ and also ‘Within’; these young seedlings symbolise the growth and new life we can surround ourselves with in our home and within ourselves. The best relaxation is always the simplest and begins from within.
I crocheted little seedlings and mushrooms (specifically 'wild' plants) and stitched them onto the pillow in an arc surrounding the user's head. Lightly spraying the hinoki essential oil and also natural fragrances of 'Dirt' and 'Rain' (from the Demeter Fragrance Library), I wanted to recreate the entire experience of relaxing with nature. As you sink into the lush pillow, the plants move almost naturally, tilting inwards towards you. View the short clip below to see the slight movement of the plants!