I have been working on a piece for the “Womens Work” show I mentioned earlier this year.
The image I have been given for my inspiration is of Empress Theodora who ruled with Emporer Justinian in 500 BC during the Byzantine era. This is the only image of her and it is a mosaic situated in Ravenna.
I have been working my design first with pastels on watercolour paper.
…and then loosely weaving strips of torn fabrics together and quilting this background to give me a mosaic efffect .
I have then been painting back into my design with textile paints/shiva sticks/oil pastels to give my piece an antiqued look. Below is the sample piece I created to audition the paint techniques …………………
Gosh……….so many choices for colour and texture……..which one do I choose?
And the back is a blank canvas to do another colour scheme altogether.
Will post more images once I make some decisions about the front and back!………..
I have been working alongside an Italian Suit maker/designer for the past 18months- painting,dyeing,printing , stitching bespoke linings for his amazing suits. It has been quite an exciting ‘ride’ meeting lots of very famous people and getting to know what is near and dear to them to have it printed on a jacket lining. The energy of the group is what keeps me going back for more.
Dino Minichiello is the mastermind behind all this and he comes by the talent honestly. His father was making suits for the rich and famous for many years. He has taken it to whole new level since his father passed and is keeping up the family tradition and more by brainstorming and thinking outside the “Fast Fashion” box.
The down side is that it is a bit like doing a commission (which I said I would never do) but the upside is that most of the clients want to take a risk and have something wild and colourful on the inside.
The project is just coming into it’s own now, so I thought I would share a little bit of the process as we go along.
Dino has been making a movie about the process and it was my turn this last week to be shot doing some of the linings and my processes on my artwork.
So here are the bits that made it to the clip.
And the password is tgl to see the latest video.
Ps I know they spelled my name wrong……..hopefully it can be corrected.
I have been having fun throughout the summer printing with leaves from my dried stash.
But I have waited until now to use the leaves I collected from my Mums funeral wreath. It was with trepidation and held breath that I gently placed them on silk organza and linen to try and get a double print so that I could share it with my two sisters.
I am pleased with the results and now will have the pleasure of sitting in the Fall evenings and stitching into the pieces thinking of my family and the times we shared.