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KOME CLOTHING; ARTISTRY SHINES AT VFW S/S 2023
As I sit down to write reviews in the days just after Vancouver Fashion Week, I reflect on what I've just seen. It's an intense four days. I contemplate what I want to express about what I've seen and witnessed. Sometimes it takes a few days to process. Often as I think about a particular designer and their collection, a phrase or word comes to mind to best describe their work. In the case of KOME CLOTHING, that word is artistry. The artist behind KOME CLOTHING is North Vancouver-based designer Kjaer Neletia Pedersen.
Kjaer Neletia Pedersen has always been an artist, and she creates wearable art with intention. No two garments are identical, and each one incorporates the playful artistic spirit of the artist. Kjaer majored in Art at University. She became a teacher of art at both Secondary School and University levels. Kjaer has worked in various mediums over the years, including owning her clay studio, but has now found a passion for creating with fabric.
KOME CLOTHING - A REVIEW
I wrote about KOME CLOTHING in my preview post and I was not disappointed by what I saw, KOME CLOTHING designer Kjaer Neletia Pedersen showed her collection to a full house on the opening night of VFW. As the lights came up, the audience grooved to live music. Kome Clothing presented a collection inspired by the fabrics and incorporated repurposed clothing. Kjaer describes in her biography notes her love for creating her one-of-a-kind garments using a wide array of techniques; dyeing, stamping, bleaching, and hand-cutting her creations. All these artistic techniques and more were evident as the upbeat jazzy music accompanied this bohemian collection.
Each piece on the runway expressed the artistic skills used in its creation. A wide range of textiles, patterns, and prints gave a rich, eclectic vibe. Denim is upcycled and incorporated into the garments. The garments tell stories through ethnic, vintage, and patchwork fabrics. The color palette is varied and based on dark basics with colorful emblazoned textiles. The clothing has a free-spirited nature and appeals to those wanting clothes that come from mindful production.
This collection's signature pieces are flowing silk robes, they can be incorporated into a wardrobe with ease. The brilliant, vibrant colors added to a black dress, jumpsuit, or slacks and top make a unique and easy-to-wear fashion statement. KOME CLOTHING strides to provide wearable art to both women and men and has inclusive sizing to flatter all figures.
In conclusion, slow fashion is the future. As we strive for a more sustainable fashion industry, we need to support the small producers who make deliberate and thoughtful clothing.
This is from the first night of VFW S/S 2023, I am pictured with fellow writer Marilyn R. Wilson, Marilyn is wearing a robe from KOME Clothing.
CIAO FOR NOW J. ANDREW
Kjaer Neletia Pedersen has always been an artist and she personally creates wearable art with intention. No two garments are identical and each one incorporates the playful artistic spirit of the artist.
She majored in Art at University, and then became a teacher of Art in both Secondary School and at the University Level. She has worked in various mediums over the years, including owning her own clay studio, but has now found a passion in creating with fabric.
Kjaer makes everything in her North Vancouver Studio/Boutique. The designer enjoys repurposing garments, and also receives pleasure in free hand cutting chosen natural fabrics and often dying, painting, bleaching, stamping and appliquéing her work. The KOME Clothing line chooses fabrics carefully, her line consists a joyous array of reimagined clothing, along with an abundance of natural fibres including silk, wool, cotton, tencel and linen.
A feast for the eyes, and pleasure for the soul is in store for anyone visiting a KOME market, her studio and online too!
Who are you as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand?
Who am I as a designer? Good question because I just love to experiment and play. I paint, stencil, bleach, dye and I do more and more upcycling. I am ever evolving and love most that I am enjoyed by EVERY body... all sizes and ages... in my collection there is something for everyone.
What is the easiest for me? When I get into a relaxed meditative state in my studio all alone and everything clicks. I am always amazed that somehow my free hand cutting is giving me exactly the cuff or collar size I need... Just that state of knowing that it is all good.. nothing can go wrong because, as I often told my art students, that is when you get most creative and create masterpieces when you correct mistakes. The hardest is certainly like any artist, to price your finished pieces that are fair but still getting some profit especially when you have them in stores.
My inspiration comes from the fabrics, and it also often comes from seeing something I like on the street, certainly if I am creating for something special such as a fashion show I become quite inspired. I love colour but, I, like most of us now, like our black clothing. I am sure that is why I am so popular, you can throw on a KOME over your black pieces...enjoy the colour but still be all in basic black otherwise.
This was so hard to choose. I have such an abundance of fabulous one of a kind garments, that, I admit, I took the opinion of others of what an experienced eye thought would be best on the runway. I am happy with my collection, but, because I am constantly playing, you can never think you know a KOME garment because, and especially now, with all of my upcycling that I do, I love changes and I am always learning and creating. I am an artist and only wish I had a few more months to prepare and play. This year, I met a designer, Darya A, she began by doing a bit of sewing for me as I had summer markets coming up and we ended up collaborated on some of the styles I will be showing.
Yes, every garment when I see it on a human instead of hanging in my studio. I always say I am my biggest fan because I do LOVE my creations and especially on all size women. A favourite look you ask... I do think my silk grments are exceptionally beautiful, but, then I grew to love linens, I then began to work with vintage cotton in the form of Kanthas... and OMG... I love this so much... it is also so fabulous to know that these are old saris and that the women I buy from in Bagledesh are kept off the street and able to live well and feed their families with fair trade. So, along with the Kanthas, the recycled reimagined garments I do are becoming more exciting and women of all ages love them.
My designs can be purchased online, in my studio in North Vancouver with an appointment, at the Niche Art Gallery on Granville Island and at the La Differencia Shoe and Clothing Boutique in Gastown.
Vancouver Fashion Week:
KOME CLOTHING BY KJAER PEDERSEN
BY DIANNA DRAHANCHUK AND COLLEEN
Dianna D. has been a frequent guest writer, here, and has a keen eye for runway shows. Kjaer, very kindly added Dianna to her guest list as we both know KOME, well and wanted to be there for her first fabulous show Van Fashion Week #vfwss23.
Kome Clothing paraded three fashion themes down the runway: embellished / upcycled denim clothing and boots, ethnic inspired outfits for men as well as women, and flowing transparent robes, all topped by jaunty hats. Strong exciting colours like deep sea green, rich sunflower yellow and bright sky blue made for a very pleasing display. One can hardly wait for next spring to show them off as Randy did as she wore a Kome robe to this first night of Van Fashion Week for Spring 2023. This was Kjaer Pedersen's first Van Fashion Week show and we sincerely hope to see more of her work at future fashion events.
What I love about KOME is that everyone can wear it and that is looks beautiful from the back as well as at the front. Kjaer designs clothes with panache and detail. Each piece is unique and is embellished with color, ties, and a variety of pattern and cut combinations. I think the free spirit feeling her work inspires her models as well as her many customers. KOME offers a wide range of informal and formal wear and many accessories. Congratulations on your first show Van Fashion Week, Kjaer! No doubt more of us will be wearing this gorgeous line, next season.
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Elegant, casual, unique, it’s YOU....
KOME designs for EVERY woman
Hello. My name is Kjaer Neletia Pedersen and my line is called KOME CLOTHING. (Kjaer: CARE” of KOME: “kayOHme”). I majored in Art in University. I have a B.A. and a B.Ed…. and was a teacher for most of my adult life. I live in Vancouver with my husband, Jeff, and often have the pleasure of being with my grown sons, Karson and Quincy.
As the artist that I am, I simply love to play with various mediums. As the beautiful young carefree woman I feel I still am, as I look in the mirror, it was, quite honestly, becoming difficult to find the clothing that represented who I really am and yet flattered my realistic female form. Not one to give up, I thought… I can do this! I work very hard and joyously in creating garments that are fun, easy wear and totally comfortable… KOME simply helps you in feeling happy. Feel good in your body again. I create one of a kind exclusive affordable items that allow every woman, of every age, and size, to be an individual. If you enjoy compliments, easy dressing, go to items… you have come to the right place.
I create every garment myself in my North Vancouver Studio. I sell at my studio, at private parties and fashion shows (get in touch soon for you and your guests), online as well as at major local markets such as Circle Craft, Harmony Fashion Show, Filberg Festival and Out Of Hand. I have also been a vendor at the Butterdome, Calgary Market, and Creative Chaos.
I taught elementary, secondary and University level Art and I have run my own clay studio. I jumped into creating with fabrics a few years ago and I am having a blast and making a good living thanks to the support of my ongoing customers. Not even I knew I could sew. Everyone questioned my determination to create a clothing line, but, with my artistic background and mathematical foundation, I began by free hand cutting and sewing … and it worked!
I create one of a kind garments, using silks, rayons, cottons, linens and sometimes polyester. I love to repurpose garments, I also dye, bleach, paint, stamp and appliqué pieces. I enjoy hunting for fabulous fabrics wherever I travel and then I free hand cut and personally sew everything. I even have made many of the buttons I use as I also work with clay. I am totally involved in every detail of the KOME Clothing Line. Even most of the photographs I take myself. I approach all of my work with an artist’s eye and I know I have a flair for beauty of my garments and attention to detail.
I guess what I love most about my line is that every woman can wear my clothes. Women rejoice in the way my garments fit and flow off their body without seemingly covering up anything. My one-of-a-kind work and my basics prove that there is something for everyone. I am confident that you will enjoy a sense of art and individuality in your KOME garments, and appreciate that the same piece can be worn in both your daily life and for your special occasions.. Dress KOME up or casual. I look forward to communicating with you on your personal needs… get in touch:) …or, of course, shop fearlessly online now. You can exchange if you should happen to make a mistake for what you really want… but, women LOVE my work… you will too! tata for now :) … Kjaer
AT MY KOME STUDIO, YOU CAN FEEL TOTALLY COMFORTABLE WITH NO OBLIGATION TO BUY. MY LOVELY STUDIO IS INFORMAL, PERSONALIZED AND PRIVATE. MY CREATIONS ARE AFFORDABLE, UNIQUE AND SO VERY COMFORTABLE. TRY HUNDREDS OF ONE OF A KIND CREATIONS ALL DESIGNED, CUT AND SEWN BY KJAER. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING A SMALL BUSINESS AND AN ETHICAL WAY OF SHOPPING. I LOVE SILKS, RAYONS, BAMBOO. LINENS AND STILL FIND SOME POLYESTERS I LOVE, I SUPPORT CANADIAN FABRIC COMPANIES WHEN I CAN. I USE RECYCLED CLOTHING OFTEN AND RECREATE IT. I ALWAYS DONATE SCRAPS TO ANOTHER SEAMSTRESS WHO USES EVERY BIT OF FABRIC FOR ALL SORTS OF CREATIVE IDEAS. I GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY DONATING TO THE LOCAL HOMELESS WHAT THE NEED.. TOOTHBRUSHES, SHAMPOO, SOAP, SOCKS, ETC! I AM A TEACHER AND I DONATE MY TIME AND ART SUPPLIES TO AN AFTER ART PROGRAM IN A LOCAL SCHOOL OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES. CHECK OUT WWW.ARTFORSCHOOLS.CA
A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT KJAER AND THE K-O.ME LINE
- I LIVE IN WEST VANCOUVER
- WORK IN MY STUDIO AT THE ARTISTS STUDIOS ON 195 PEMBERTON, NORTH VANCOUVER
- KJAER IS PRONOUNCED AS CARE
- K-O.ME IS PRONOUNCED AS KAYOHME
- THE K-O.ME NAME COMES FROM KJAER ORIGINALS AND WAS SHORTENED TO K. O. .. WITH THE INTENTION OF USING .CA OR .COM… BUT.. WHEN THESE WERE NOT AVAILABLE.. AND K-O.ME WAS AVAILABLE I THOUGHT – GREAT!!!... AND MY COMPANY NAME BECAME KAYOHME!!!
- I WAS BORN AN ARTIST – I LOVE IN PARTICULAR DOING CHARCOAL PORTRAITS AND LARGE CLAY CREATIONS
- TEACHER FOR MANY YEARS IN ALL GRADES AND SUBJECTS - LATELY TAUGHT EXCLUSIVELY SECONDARY SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY LEVEL ART
- ARTIST + MATHEMATICIAN = WOMEN’S CLOTHING DESIGNER … RIGHT?
- I DO, OR RECENTLY HAVE DONE, LARGE MARKETS SUCH AS CIRCLE CRAFT, FILBERG FESTVAL, OUT OF HAND, PORTOBELLO WEST, KRIS KRINGLE, BUTTERDOME, HARMONY FASHION SHOW AND CALGARY SIGNATURE SHOW, ETC.
- I DESIGN, FREE HAND CUT AND SEW EVERY GARMENT MYSELF…
- A FEW PIECES I DO BY SIZE… SUCH AS TANKS/TUNICS/DRESSES/SKIRTS AND OCCASIONALLY I MAKE PANTS
- I SO ENJOY DOING FASHION SHOWS WHERE WOMEN CAN BUY THE WORK RIGHT AWAY - LOOK ON MY SITE FOR UPCOMING LOCAL SHOWS
- PLEASE NOTE THAT I OFTEN CREATE WITH THE SEAM SIDE OUT BECAUSE I LIKE MY SEAMS – SOME PIECES CAN BE WORN EITHER WAY SOME MUST BE WORN FOR FULL EFFECT THE WAY THE ARTIST INTENDED
I AM A CANADIAN BORN ARTIST WHO NOW CREATES TIMELESS, ETHICAL AND VERY WELL MADE CLOTHING. I AM A ONE WOMAN BUSINESS! I CHOOSE TO MAKE VERY SPECIAL PIECES THAT YOU WILL PROUDLY WEAR. I WORK SLOWLY, CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY WHILE ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO MY CREATIONS FINDING THEIR FOREVER HOME WITH YOU. I CREATE FOR EVERY SIZE WOMAN.. PETITE, PLUS, TALL, CURVY. I WANT YOU TO ROCK YOUR BODY IN MY CLOTHES. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT EVERY SIZE IS BEAUTIFUL AND EVERY PIECE IS ALWAYS MADE WITH LOVE PERSONALLY BY ME.
CONSIDER BUYING HANDMADE AND SUPPORTING A LIVING ARTIST. PROMOTING MY LINE BY WEARING, SHARING AND SHOWING WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO SHOP SMALL AND SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES.
MY INTENTION IS TO CREATE EVERY PIECE AS A UNIQUE FLATTERING GARMENT THAT IS EVERYDAY EXTRAORDINARY. MY GOAL IS THAT YOU CAN RELAX IN YOUR BODY AND FEEL TOTALLY ALIVE, GORGEOUS AND VERY COMFORTABLE. LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND FEEL GREAT! YOUR CHOSEN GARMENTS ARE VERSATILE AND TRAVEL WELL AS MOST ARE LIGHT AS A FEATHER. WOMEN BUY MY LINE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS, STREETWEAR, CRUISE WEAR, STAGE PERFORMANCES BY BOTH ACTORS AND SINGERS, MOTHER OF THE BRIDE OR GROOM AND I HAVE SHIPPED LITERALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD. MY GARMENTS HAVE OFTEN BEEN WORN AT THE VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK AND EVEN HAVE TAKEN THE STAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK. YES, MY INTENTION IS TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY HUNDREDS OF GARMENTS IN MY STUDIO BUT, ALSO BUDGET SALE ITEMS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE TOO.
KJAER NELETIA PEDERSEN OF KOME CLOTHING
AND AS AN ARTIST AND AN ART TEACHER FOR GRADES 1 TO 12 - MOST RECENTLY TEACHING SECONDARY AND UNIVERSITY LEVEL ART... YOU CAN LOOK AT:
BY THE WAY... DO YOU KNOW THAT I CREATE EVERY SINGLE PIECE MYSELF... JUST FOR YOU
NOTE, AS AN ARTIST, I FIND THAT I AM FOREVER CHANGING. I AM NOW WORKING WITH DIFFERENT FABRICS, DIFFERENT DESIGNS AND SELLING MORE TO BOUTIQUES. I LIKE THE CHANGES THAT I HAVE MADE AND I LOVE THAT I CAN ALWAYS KEEP A SALE RACK IN MY STUDIO FOR YOU… SEE YOU SOON… EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 12 TO 4 OR CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 604-612-6070