PURPLE AND ORANGE!!!
Anyone who follows my work knows that I'm an out of the box thinker when it comes to my artwork. I have made traditional quilts in the past but I consider myself a textile artist who creates art quilts; wall hangings that incorporate various textiles and most of the time an "unusual object" of some sort.
With this in mind, I went to Pinterest for inspiration. I found a watercolor and ink painting of a female in a beautiful ball gown. That was it!! (Pinterest link) Using my purple and orange colors, I was going to transform this girl from a stunning blue dress to a Halloween Masquerade Ballgown!
I first researched the artist that painted "my inspiration" and her name is Inslee Haynes (or Inslee Fariss). She is a New York City-based artist and illustrator and she can be found at Inslee By Design.
I then graphed the design to the largest size I could without going over the requirements for the challenge (100" perimeter)
My next step was to cut out my pattern and quilt a background for her. I found this chandelier fabric at Walmart (cringe!) and I went into my fabric stash for the realistic looking wood fabric.
|The quilt peeking out from the right is my Steampunk quilt|
Next, let's start designing her ball gown! Ball gowns are traditionally "pouffy and sparkly" and I enjoy beadwork and embroidery so I knew this was going to be the focal point of my design. I went through my stash of orange and purple ribbons, beads, embroidery floss, felt and paint. I then sat for a few days looking at what I had... waiting for inspiration. I always tell my husband that I could never be on Project Runway because they have no time to sit with their project, they just have to cut and sew and cut and sew. I am a slower designer. I have to do a few steps then let it hang there for a few days and even maybe a few months!
Then inspiration hit:
We traveled (from Virginia) to Indiana for Thanksgiving and to Wisconsin for Christmas. I needed handwork for the car and this was the perfect opportunity to finish her ballgown.
I used beige felt for her head and arms and permanent brown and black markers for shading on her arms and to draw her face. I initially cut and sewed brown felt for where I was going to put her hair but I knew I would be covering up most of the brown felt with "3-D hair."
And then came the hair...(which I hand sewed in place)
Over the Christmas holidays, I found a white chandelier ornament that I wanted to use. I wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate it into my quilt but it looked just like the printed background fabric.
Next came the paint and the clay. I painted the chandelier purple and orange and added the same color beads. I then made a masquerade mask out of orange and purple Sculpey clay then glued sequins to the mask and the mask to the stick.
Next the chandelier. I knew where I wanted to put it on the quilt but it was big and bulky. I remembered a wall hanging I made 8-10 months ago where I cut a hole through the quilt and strung a spider web through it. Problem solved!
I felt like her hair needed something else, like a hair clip so something. So I made this out of Sculpey clay also, the same material as the mask.
The challenge isn't until March's meeting so this hasn't been seen by anyone in my guild yet. I hope that it has enough of the two colors for the challenge but if not it was a blast making it anyway.
Thanks for looking!