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"Kimiyo" Incense Dish & Sticks Set

Regular price 20.00$

Currently in pre-order. Officially available on April 26, 2024

Printed and crafted at The Fabrik, Alex Henry Foster’s creative atelier.

Features:
- Hand-dipped incense sticks
- Ylang-Tangerine scented


Includes:
- 1 Incense dish
- 10 scented incense sticks


About the Incense Dish & Sticks:
An Alex Henry Foster signature scent for your home. Hand-dipped, this incense features a 100% natural recipe with Ylang-Tangerine essential oils. Burn the tip of the stick and blow out the flame. Each stick will burn for about 30 minutes. For use on an incense dish. Do not leave unattended or near drafts. Keep out of reach from children and pets.


Created for the collection “Kimiyo”:

The whole project was initially perceived as an instrumental one by Lemelin, Foster only being able to whisper when the idea was brought up, but the latter rather had the idea of inviting Momoka with whom he had worked on several occasions – dating back to his tenure with Your Favorite Enemies – to be the voice of the first incarnation of his project. Little did she know she would become the focal point of what would become the album titled Kimiyo, which became a catalyst for what would follow afterward.

“I have always been looking for a pretext or an excuse to work with Momoka. She’s got a very unique type of spirit and she’s a very inspiring and insightful person. We have a common view about life in general and spirituality in particular, but most of all, she is a fantastic artist for whom I have the utmost admiration. When it became obvious to me that I would be in no way capable of singing or speaking on the songs we had sketched, Momoka was the only person able to transcend the project’s spirit in my opinion.

The poetry of Kimiyo was to be the core holding the whole project together, but I wanted Momoka to make her own interpretation of the lyrical undercurrent and to express herself in her native tongue, so she wouldn’t have to be my voice nor try to emulate what my words might convey. We set the canvas, laid down the color palettes, but it was for her to express herself and be the painting.”

Foreseen as a story within a story, Kimiyo bloomed into a multi-layered entity, the album is inspired by the testimonies of the people Alex Henry Foster met in Japan back in 2010. Kimiyo’s main narrative focuses on the journey of a young person who wrote to Alex Henry Foster years after their encounter to share pieces of her journey about how she found a new sense of self.

After thinking of taking her life upon becoming unwillingly pregnant, but unable to fathom the idea of ending her life or her pregnancy, she became hateful towards the burgeoning existence slowly taking over her body, but found a fulfilling form of hope for her present and future self emerging from feeling the baby starting to move inside of her body.

She then envisioned a life of her own, a purpose she had never imagined being able to find anywhere – especially not within herself – but lost the child following a miscarriage, leaving her empty again, but somehow transformed. She had learned that happiness is a measure of the heart and soul, accepting that purpose is something that grows from within, but, as Alex Henry Foster exposed it, while the tree might too often hide the beautiful density of a forest, there are lights that are simply way too bright to be hidden.

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