A traveller at heart, Mieko Mintz infuses her unique pieces with the creativity of place.
Be it the silhouettes of Japanese kimonos, the kantha stitching of West Bengal, the punchy streetwear of New York City or the casual elegance of Paris, a global experience is what breathes life into her work. In her juxtaposed prints, find the inspiration of City Palace, a sprawling royal complex in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Constructed in 1732 with interiors both resplendent and vast, it is the former residence of the Maharajas and their families.
Within City Palace, the Chhavi Niwas, or “Blue Room” as it is commonly known, is a space defined by its deep cerulean hues and mesmerizing repeating design. Paintings of sprawling white flora and vines tumble from the ceiling in an interlocking pattern that calls to mind both fleur de lis motifs and celtic knot symbolism. As Mieko’s works incorporate vintage and antique Sari fabrics from this region, the palace’s intricate decoration perhaps inspired the original clothmaker.