Friday, March 16, 2012

Wearable art - contemporary Elizabethan

After researching strapwork for Module 3 I got interested in the design features and dress of the Elizabethan and Tudor time and decided to use that as the inspiration for a wearable art piece.  This work is not part of my C&G diploma per se but I wanted to try out some lacework features with applique that might become part of my 2nd assessment piece with metals.  That design is forever changing (sorry Sian) but will get there!

So here are a few photos of the wearable corsetted tunic that will be part of an exhibition in Aus around Easter.

The bodice is made from panels of layered chiffons embroidered and distressed, overlaid with machined cords, and panels of hand dyed silk velvet couched with a gold fibre.

 The lower 'skirt' is made up of 3 sections with godets inserted to give fullness.  I appliqued diamonds (to repeated the shapes in the bodice) of velvet and more distressed fabric fairly randomly but fading towards the bottom.  They were edged in couched cords and some of the 'blank' diamonds were cut away to give more transparency and lightness.  Further pieces of 'lace' were sewn using cords on watersoluble fabric and attached to the chiffon to echo the shapes.

The bodice is fully lined by the way, and is fastened with machined cord through eyelets.
And in case you're wondering, it looks much better on the mannequin than yours truly!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sketchbook competition

My thanks to Sian and her 'judging team' for awarding me 2nd prize in her recent Sketchbook challenge with my selection of 10 pages.  I am looking forward to spending my voucher at Art Van Go.  They have such a wonderful online catalogue that choosing only a few items and not the whole shop will be the problem!
I suspect the ordered items may appear in my next assessment piece, but then there are those Markal paintstiks.....and you can't have too many Pink Pig notebooks....See what I mean?

Congrats, of course, to Anne and Jen on their awards.  It was lovely to look at their work and the other entrants on Sian's website - amazing how different our styles can be.

And many thanks to friends overseas and in Aus for your kind comments.