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Join the Colour Revolution!


I’ve been busy making since I last blogged. Sorry for the gap between posts, I really am not good at keeping you all updated. I admit I’d much rather be sweating it out at the sewing machine or getting busy with a paintbrush than typing at a keyboard.

But, a lot has happened since my last blog post. Firstly, I was really honoured to have my work featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine, courtesy of my friend, the Fabulous Fashionista ,  Sue Kreitzman. Sue was on the coverIMAG2181_1 wearing a gorgeous Lauren Shanley creation, and on the inside feature, she was wearing a kimono I made for her featuring her own artwork.

Style insideWhat a joy and a privilege!

I’ve since gone on to make a few more kimonos , but short, jacket style ones all in my signature bright colours.

I made one for a very special friend, a Zimbabwean designer, who lives in Nottingham and has won many awards for her incredible accessory designs. Her name is Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri and her company’s name is Vanhu Vanmwe  Do look her up, her bags are just incredible. Her kimono features her love of inspirational women , Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba amongst others. Here is her finished kimono:

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Another was made for a very special friend called Clare, who runs an amazing company Big Love Sista CiC who’s mission is to inspire women , young and not so young to believe in themselves through the power of art. I couldn’t love this woman more. Her kimono was made with her own images of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the back and a painting of Eve on the front. An image of Frida Kahlo with a sacred heart completes the piece, along with lots of vibrant poppies, embroidered and embellished with gold thread.

IMAG2147 IMAG2148 IMAG2149 IMAG2151 IMAG2153 IMAG2157Along with these, I’ve made three other kimonos that are looking for new homes. There is a Frida Kahlo inspired one, and two with beautiful Macaw parrots as the theme. Here are the images. They are all a free size ( will fit up to about size 22/24 ) and they cost £180. A bespoke piece costs £225. If interested, do email me on thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com for more details.

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For further information do head over to my website IHEARTCART 

or if you are a Facebook person like me, like  my page on facebook .

 

If you are a more of a cape person than a kimono person, I make those too… either waist length or hip length. Here are two I made earlier:Frida cape 2 Frida cape1 IMAG1266_1 IMAG1265_1So if you are bored of this bland world and you want to raise a smile , join the colour revolution !

 

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Heaven and Hell (the wearable art way)


So I was  invited to a very special friend’s 40th birthday bash recently. The theme was Monsters.

I looked around my wardrobe to see what I could wear to this auspicious occasion and it dawned on me: I  had been so busy making wearable art and alternative fashion  for other bright and creative  people that I  had forgotten to represent the wearable art ethos in my own clothing. That had to be changed. Clearly I had to make myself something to wear.

I decided on a Heaven and Hell theme. Plenty of scope for monsters there, I  thought. I do like  a bit of contrast in a theme , and well, you don’t get more of a contrast that that!

I had sourced a few second hand t shirts from a local charity shop that had been printed with Hindu Gods and Goddesses so I used the images from those unwanted garments as my jump off point. I had found the most amazing lime green and gold african batik print  fabric at my local Brixton fabric shop that I was itching to use.

A simple pattern of shift dress and bolero top was the beginning. I cut out the beautiful fabric along with some bright pink lining ( nothing like lime green and shocking pink to make your eyes water in a wonderful way) and got to work.

I appliqued the Hindu goddess onto the front of the dress and painted a fierce Buddhist  evil god that I had sourced in a book of monsters that I had at home ,Heavenhell pocket2 he would do nicely for the hell aspect of the dress. Then I appliqued flames all around the hemline of the dress. Fire burning up from hell! I decided to use my favourite monster image of Medusa ( the classic Caravaggio painting) on the front of the bolero. I painted the image then appliqued it to the front of the bolero, along with big red droplets that came from another wonderful piece of African batik  to symbolise the blood spurting from Medusa’s head. ( Nice monster touch there…) Then I appliqued some horses that I had sourced from yet another African batik ( can you tell I like African fabrics?) and added white wings to magically transform them into flying Pegasus. Enough text. You want to see pictures don’t you?

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meme in heavenI rather like this look. I think I shall make more wearable art for me to wear too!

The party was great ! The outfit admired by all.

When the Fabulous Fashionista and dear friend, Sue Kreitzman saw this outfit, she immediately requested something similar on a coat for her. Well how could I refuse?

The previous coat I had made for her, the Frida Kahlo themed one Sue Frida 5had been made with the same beautiful lime green and gold african batik print ( although only bits of it show through with all the decoration on it) so I thought I would try the same theme but on different fabric.

Just as well, actually as the lime green and gold fabric was so popular that they had completely sold out at the shop. ( Nasseri fabrics in Brixton) Part of the beauty of African Batik is that it is done in limited runs and is ever changing .

I found this incredible and rather psychadelic fabric in blue and shocking pink that had what appeared to be heavenly bodies interconnected in the Universe , printed on it. Well that’s what it said to me. So I thought, I’m sure I can use that.

So I set to work appliqueing and painting on a bigger and better version of my outfit. I decided that such a grand theme warranted a grand shape , so I worked with the classic Emperor kimono shape with it’s beautiful sweeping sleeves.

Here is the finished piece. I think it turned out nicely. h& H2 h&H1 h&H3IMAG1211 IMAG1212 IMAG1213_1_1 IMAG1216_1 IMAG1218_2 IMAG1221_1_1

 

If you are inspired to take up the challenge of wearing your own piece of wearable art, I’m available to take orders ( there is a waiting list) . Head over to my website www.iheartcart.com to see more of what I do or email me direct on

thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com and put wearable art in the subject box.

From Virgin White to Glorious Colour : the birth of a Frida Jacket


Creating something special for the extraordinary artist , Miz Thang

What a fortunate woman I am at the minute. I have recently been commissioned by the extraordinary American Folk artist, Miz Thang  to create something wonderful from a vintage white tux tailcoat. The theme was Frida Kahlo which made me very happy as Frida is very close to my heart.

It was pretty daunting to make the first painty marks on this pure white garment that had been flown all the way to me from across the Atlantic Ocean. But I stuck my courage to the sticking place ( sorry Lady Macbeth) and gave it a go.

It’s currently flying it’s way back to Miz Thang on an aeroplane. It’s a well travelled tux. Here is it’s story in pictures.

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I can’t wait to see pictures of the marvellous Miz Thang wearing her new arty tux. It is such a joy to help people become walking art pieces, especially when they are already fabulous artists!

I’m currently working on the most amazing cape for her, featuring her very own , delightfully bonkers paintings of circus freaks. This one is worth waiting for… I can’t wait to show you!