Friday, February 4, 2011

My February Dress Up 2011: Mada Primavesi



Dress Up 2011 has been so exciting and we are only two months in!  January began with Impressionism and the dresses made were spectacular!   February's artist inspiration is Gustav Klimt!  I've chosen his Mada Primavesi as the source of inspiration for my dress.  Klimt painted Mada, the nine year old daughter of a industrialist banker, in 1912.



I really enjoyed creating this paper dress.  I started with a gray piece of construction paper, which I sponge painted with very pale pink, white, gray, and on top, a pearlescent white.  Considering this is the part of the dressmaking that I struggle with (the background) the most, I think it turned out great.  Then I hand painted small clay flowers, which brought back memories of cake decorating flower making times.  Less mess, though if you can believe it!  I painted a coffee filter and cut it into strips that I pleated for the ruffles.  I added the yellow ribbon to the neck and hemline.  Tooting my own horn, I think this is my best dress yet! 


Truth be told, I started out using Klimt's painting, Woman in a Hat and Feather Boa, as my inspiration.  What I like most about the painting is the color of the dress and hat.  It is a really dark blue.  A lot different form Mada, huh?  My dress, however, actually turned out flat, literally and figuratively.  I will spare you from seeing the dress, but I do love the hat I made.


I couldn't figure out how to make the hat two dimensional because I knew I wanted to use feathers, so I made it 3D.  Hence, Ariel is modeling it for the photo.  Now, how do I put it in my ATC/Paperdresses scrapbook?  I'll have to give Ariel back to my daughter eventually I am sure.  Right?  

Speaking of Charlotte, remember this photo of her in the igloo I posted last week?


Well, we've added on.  After this week's storm, we've been able to add on a patio, a walk in closet in the master bedroom, and a second bathroom!  Brr.


Thanks so much for all the sweet comments and emails regarding my Journal Jacket tutorial that Joanne at Vintage Dragonfly posted on Tuesday Tutorial.  There is still time to enter for a chance to win my Sisterhood Journal Jacket, too.  Just leave me a comment HERE.  A winner will be chosen randomly Saturday!  

Don't forget to check out the February Dresses as they link up.  You'll find the post with February's Dress Links HERE.  They are all great.  I can't wait to see more!!

Toodles!

Angela


17 comments:

Donnie said...

That looks like you're having a lot of fun. Very creative. That igloo looks like other family members are getting creative too...lol..

Sandy Ang said...

I can totally see the inspiration and how it translate into your paper dress. Wonderfully done.

Asas à imaginação said...

Hi,Sew!
Marvelous your dress!!!I chose this picture too...I'm almost end the mine;tomorrow I post them.
Hugs
Marlei

Heather said...

I hope Charlotte is having a blast with the igloos. It didn't snow as much as they said it would, so no igloo here not that I would actually be making one but it would be pretty on my front lawn!

DeeDee said...

I love your dress Angela... and that hat is stunning too...

Now the igloo is what I wanna play with... how very cool is that...

cannot wait till next months designer...

and I hope to try your technique as sson as I get my current projects done..stay tuned for it...

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Uauuu Fabuloso!

e total diversão ....

Mya said...

You are so clever - somebody waiting for me to come up with ideas for a paper dress would just have to go around naked.
For some reason I can not get your blog site to post with my list of blogs, so I had to add it as a picture, but that does noy update.
That igloo is out of this world - do you wish the snow were too?
Perhaps yous can give a tour before the snow melts.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--an igloo!!! Amazing!! And I LOVE your other creations too...WOW--that hat is unreal--you are so talented!!!
XO

PATRICIA said...

HI ANGELA, Thank you for caring and for visiting my blog .... your blog is beautiful too soon and put my dress ..... xoxoxox

Jeanie Callaghan said...

It's lovely, Angela!

Dandelion Dreams said...

Angela,
I adore the way you did the ruffles on your dress. Having chose that painting as well, it's so fun to me to see how different our creations are from one another yet via the same inspiration. I hope some others chose it too. This is so much fun!

Cyndi said...

Angela, that dress is adorable! You did such a fantastic job...I can't even begin to imagine making those little clay flowers! And the hat with the feathers is so much fun...you are really getting good at this art form!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Jana said...

Your dress is gorgeous. I love the painting you used for your inspiration. Your flowers are perfect. I really like the hat you made for the other inspiration painting. I'm sure that Ariel would love to live in your Studio if you keep clothing her like that.
(That igloo is really, really neat. My daughter would LOVE one.)

Rosemary said...

I like your Klimt-inspired dress quite a bit, I didn't know he painted girls. Your dress is very delicate and feminine, love the girly touches!

These challenges are quite fun and I love being inspired by the designs.

Rosemary said...

Oh, and I completely forgot to give props for the hat! OMG - I love that! It looks perfect!

Also, be concerned if the igloo expands more and starts selling units!

Holly said...

I like how your dress turned out! Using a coffee filter for the pleat is brilliant and the little flowers are such a nice embellishment.

Selma said...

I like your dress, it looks like a summer day. Beautiful.