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Dress to Impress!


As my journey to create a collection  of wearable art continues, I realised I needed to make myself something suitably stylish to wear to represent my brand.

I don’t know about you, dear reader , but I really struggle to find clothes to fit, either my size ( between a 16 and 20 depending on the make ) or to suit my rather eclectic and I’m starting to believe , eccentric taste. Making my own hand painted clothes just seemed to be the obvious next step.

Sue , Scorpio and me

Here I am at Sue Kreitzman’s beautiful home with the Goddess of colour herself and my good friend and fellow artist, Scorpio.

So I made this dress:me in dressIMAG1610_1I used a beautiful african kente batik fabric with green swirls, red, pink and orange details , that at first seemed to be flowers but on closer inspection , turned out to be keys. I used a 50’s inspired full circle halter neck dress pattern ,  hand painted a Frida Kahlo self portrait with parrots for the top of the dress, then painted two flying parrots for the skirt . I then cut out large, irregular flower shapes from the brightest colours I had and appliqued them to the skirt.

 

Once my friends saw my dress, they asked me to make dresses for them too. So I made these :

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Frida Kahlo sacred heart dress in black cotton with hand painted images and appliqued flowers

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Frida Kahlo Hummingbird dress with dragonflies, dandelions and poppies.

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A shorts playsuit , Frida and parrots theme

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A Wonderwoman in pink dress, with leopard applique. For a very special friend.

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Frida parrot dress in pencil , close fitting style.

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A large Frida Kahlo fully lined wrap , appliqued with green velvet, dandelions and a hand painted Frida with applique flowers.

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A special dress for a 4 year old princess .

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A goddess bolero and dress two piece, featuring appliqued and hand painted Hindu goddesses on the front of the dress, and back of the bolero.

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The back of the bolero

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Front of the bolero, featuring a satin appliqued lotus flower and four gold buttons , symbolising gold coins.

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Bespoke punk rebel woman themed dress. All handpainted with quotes and portraits of prominent punk women.

IMAG1615_1 IMAG1617_1 IMAG1721 IMAG1754_1 IMAG1758_1 IMAG1852All of these dresses are hand made, hand painted and appliqued and cost £135 plus £8 post and packing. To order yours, please email Diane at thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com with your preferred colour way, dress size, choice of images and /or text or a general theme.  There is a months waiting list, so do place your orders as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Short kimono style jackets are in the pipeline. Capes are always available to order.

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Making Fabulous Fashion for a Fabulous Fashionista


My oh my , how I’ve been busy! I’ve barely had time to breathe since I started on this path of making wearable art for the wonderful woman  and Fabulous Fashionista , Sue Kreitzman. Sue Mami Wata

Since I wrote my last blog post, I’ve made so many more pieces , I think I shall just post pictures and let them do the talking.

Since my last blog post, I’m terribly sad to report that the purple coat that I customised for Sue with her portrait on the back

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( pictured on cctv cameras in the gallery)

when it was on exhibition at the quirky and exciting gallery/cafe Cult Mountain in Shoreditch.  If you recognise these men please contact the police as the theft has been reported. Who knows what prompted someone to steal such an identifiable piece. Who would wear a coat with the person’s portrait on the back that you stole it from? It makes no sense.

Sigh.

I suppose I can say that a piece of my art has achieved notoriety. I’m going to make another portrait coat for Sue  and try to make it even better. Frida shirt front h& H2 h&H1 h&H3 Sue Frida 4 Sue Frida 5 Sue frida shirt 1 Sue Mami Wata Back of jacket IMAG1047_1 purple Sue Sue's frida back Sue's Frida detail Sue's Frida pocket 2 Sue's Frida pocket1 Sue's Frida shirt back Sue's new jacket Sues frida Mami Wata in sunSo there you have it, pictures of the work I’ve been doing, making wearable art for fabulous people.

 

There’s still more to come.

 

To view a full collection of what I’ve made thus far , do head over to my Facebook page : www.facebook.com/c.Artbags

My website , if you fancy having a look is www.iheartcart.com

I love my life.