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Costume Sketch with Fabric Swatches and Button Design

Costume Sketch with Fabric Swatches and Button Design

Here are the completed sketches for my Russian folktale costume design. To tell you a bit about the design: each element is inspired by a piece of traditional Ukrainian or Russian costume. I was really interested in working with pattern (check out the home furnishing fabric which was once used to upholster a couch I sat on as a little girl) so I decided to trade in the intricate embroidery for pattern overload. The shape and style of the dress is an updated/ modern take on the details and layering of a traditional Ukrainian woman’s garments: the drawstring is replaced by a pleated neck, the cut of the dress and differentiation between the body of the dress and the shoulders was taken from a layering of blouse and overcoat, the apron relates to the story (the pockets as a means of storage during a journey) and references the apron that was once worn to cover the opening of a warp-around skirt. I am opting to hand-weave the belt that attaches to the apron (via the most perfect buttons- they reminded me of patterns I saw in my Russian folktale/rituals class) as a tribute to the many references to weaving in the story and throughout Russian folklore and history, as well as to add my own personal flare to the costume. This past week I completed the mock-up of the costume (which I still can’t believe I actually pulled off) and coming up is the real thing. And trust me, there will be plenty of pictures.

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Sketches for "The Maiden"

Sketches for "The Maiden"

I just wanted to give you guys an idea of what I’m doing when I’m not weaving like a maniac (it’s like a drug, I’m addicted, I can’t stop weaving any spare moment I have). These are sketches (to be colored and scanned later) for a costume for the female protagonist of the Russian folktale, “The Feather of Finist the Bright Falcon.” More details to come as I work on completeing the costume over the next two weeks.

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Three members at Sewing Circle- not bad for a first meeting. I hadn’t picked up any embroidery for awhile, so I took this with me:

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In-progress panel inspired by Russian folk illustrations and design motifs. One in a series of probably three, so I have a lot of work to do. It’s part of my body of work based on the idea of folktales and storytelling.

And I thought I would post this just for kicks:

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This is a finished piece, sorta silly, just something for me and my roommate to hang around our apartment (we have a very large soft spot for C.S. Lewis). My graphic designer boyfriend liked my typography, so I guess there’s some artistic merit to it.

My philosophy with embroidery is to make stitches until something happens, but I highly reccomend this book if you need a little inspiration. It’s definitely a keeper.

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