I am having SO MUCH FUN in my studio right now. I love this time of the year between the holidays and spring with so much opportunity for creativity. It's especially exciting to have The Outfit Project to work although not everything is going smoothly. I am having some major battles with Resistance but for the most part, I'm winning. YES YES!
I'm pretty sure I mentioned earlier that I'm feeling more confident and finding my way of incorporating some of the learning I experienced at my first Design Outside The Lines Workshop in June 2012. While I wanted to work with stencils and paint right away, it took a while to realize that I prefer more of an all over design than a specific statement moment because I prefer my moments to be necklaces. Knowing that, it's easier to develop these skills in a way that works for me. In the time since, I've done some surface design work here and there but I'm nowhere near competent in the way that I'd like to be. I need practice.
For Outfit 2's dress, I used three floral stencils ranging from small to a grouping and created floral motifs that fell into larger shapes and clusters as they moved down the dress. Before making the dress, I'd already knit the bolero and knew that it would cover most of the upper front. I left the bodice stencil-free in order to draw attention upward toward the necklace and my face. The dress is sewn from an Ikea curtain panel. The results are only okay and I don't love it enough to fix it so it'll be a day dress - worn for a day - and then turned into a bag of some kind. I am thankful for the opportunity to play with several ideas like the tied on hemline, stencils, and what can be done with a curtain.
I do love the statement necklace I created to go with this outfit. I started by isolating a section of my hand painted fabric using the shape of the pendant from a necklace I'd bought to recycle from the thrift store. I traced the pendant shape onto paper, cut it out, and then used the viewing hole to find the section I liked most.
I traced the section with chalk and it was layered with batting and embellished with hand and machine stitching and then wrapped around the purchased pendant. The position shifted somewhat but with chalk, it's easy to erase the lines. It's a tool I use frequently.
The beads were from a set of three wooden bracelets that was marked down for clearance. I'd been wondering what I'd use for the chain because nothing in my collection was quite right and then, there they were. Synchronicity. I love when that happens and I am really happy with the results. Ever since I first saw Diane's textile jewelry in 2012, I've wanted to discover how to create my version and I've had some really ugly trial pieces and only one other that I wear regularly. I can see with this piece that I'm making progress. . Diane prefers pins and bracelets and I prefer necklaces. I like the way that also influences finding my voice - I'm inspired by but nowhere near copying.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a textile pendant I love.