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!!