And I also started a new Art Project: the Gold Wings Dress, and I'll be sharing my materials and my initial set up on that.
This outfit started out as being based around my new YSL scarf but in the end, the scarf didn't work so I just rolled with what did.
The faux leather moto jacket is embroidered and studded - you see how I love my embellishments!
Without the jacket - I was sweaty off and on as I lugged boxes around. Our office is going to a desk-booking system as we prepare to bring back some of our staff (gawd knows when), so guess who gets to clean out what's left?
Masked up and zipped up.
- Hat - Catawumpus, gift from Tammy
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Silk scarf - Elaine Gold, vintage, Lazy Susan's
- Mask - Lazy Susan's
The embroidered jacket does most of the heavy lifting.
- Belt - Emmanuel, vintage 80s, thrifted
- Earrings - Tania Gleave, Granville Island
- Snake ring - BC Museum Gift Shop, c. 1986
- Spider ring - gift from Mom & Dad, c. 1986
Art Project: Gold Wings Dress
I picked this faux leather dress on sale at Dots (here) for $14.99, and I'm going to do some artsy stuff on it.
I decided to do wings on the back, so I looked at a lot of pictures of tattooed angel wings to figure out what I wanted, and what I didn't.
Then I looked at feathers, how to tattoo feathers, and some Zentangle designs.
These are the pens I am using.
I tested them on the inside seam.
Then I took a picture of my back in the dress to see where wings would hit. No point in doing all that work if it won't sit right on my actual shape.
"What are we looking at?"
Bonus: you get to see my striped socks, slippers and leggings (my football-watching outfit).
Since the painty pen "erases" with water, I figured I'd be relatively safe in using it as my sketcher.
Once I'd sketched out the basic lines, I went over it all with the Pilot calligraphy pen.
I used a bunch of Q-Tips and a bit of soapy water to clean up the feathers.
I filled in a little bit along the top, just to see how it looks like against the black, and gave all of the feathers an extra outline, cleaning up the shapes.
And here are all of the feathers outlined, plus one that will be falling off at the bottom.
What an amazing project! Fascinating to see your method and progress. Thanks for sharing, Sheila.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cynthia! I'm excited about this too.Delete
That dress is going to look amazing! What a wonderfully relaxing project it will be, too. I love something to get my teeth into on these long dark evenings.ReplyDelete
The pleared skirt was the perfect choice with the jacket, I love the contrast between the ladylike plears and the bass ass fake leather. xxx
I like actually DOING something instead of just sitting like a lump, Vix.Delete
Thank you! I like that contrast too.
Well I like monochrome pictures!ReplyDelete
They can have a certain timeless quality about them.
I hasten to add that I'm not suggesting for one moment that your other pictures are lacking in any way, far from it, I just didn't want to get into trouble;)
I do too, Paul, but part of the whole outfit thing are the colours!Delete
Your gold wings dress is going to be amazing, as was your jacket! I admire and am inspired by your creativity. Thanks SheilaReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Mary! I appreciate your comment!Delete
How gorgeous is that "pine" pleated skirt - I've got a slightly darker one, which you've just reminded me of - and the sugar pink pussy bow blouse is just perfect with it. The faux leather moto jacket is a stunner too. I didn't mind the little peek at your orange vintage slip. I definitely need some more vintage slips in exciting colours, but they're rare as hen's teeth here lately.ReplyDelete
Your Gold Wings dress is going to be amazing, can't wait to see the finished project! xxx
Isn't it lovely? It's my 3rd or 4th dark green skirt over the years - I keep looking for the Perfect Pine Skirt! I buy vintage slips whenever I see them, but yes, they are getting rarer and rarer every year.Delete
Thank you! I'm excited too!
May I suggest you take another photo of yourself wearing the angel wing dress now that you have the outline sketched?ReplyDelete
You certainly may suggest it, but I won't be revealing it on me until I'm done, Chalotalo! :)Delete
"Pine" indeed! Love the look though. I'm very excited about your new project; I think it's going to be fantastic.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nana! I am too - can't wait to see this one as it progresses.Delete
Those wings are going to be spectacular on your dress…really looking forward to seeing it completed.ReplyDelete
It will be transformed with that detail.
Your faux leather jacket is to die for.. I love it!
I recently purchased a similar one from eBay, just not quite as striking as yours though.x
I hope so, Phyl - I always struggle with the fear of failure when I do these, which is part of what makes these projects so satisfying - I overcame it!Delete
Thank you! I don't buy retail, but had a mall gift card years ago and treated myself.
Am laughing at the opposite poles of your opening outfit and the angel wings dress. The skirt and top, minus the jacket, make me think of jitterbugging the night away, which the angel wings dress is the polar opposite. ;-)ReplyDelete
I have an Andrew Marc leather jacket that zips up the front and has a front zipper and pockets. It is a S and was my Aunt's, but the jacket is too big for me. If you are looking for another project after the wings, I'll happily send it to you to decorate and keep or do with as you like. It will have a more active life with you than hanging in my hall closet!
They really are very different styles, aren't they, Laurie? That's me to a tee though!Delete
Oh, that sounds lovely! It would depend on the colour (I prefer working on light vs. dark). I'll drop you a line if I'm in need of a new project, but I do have a couple more things lined up now. Thank you, Laurie!
I really like the green and pink combo - it's one I see a lot of people wearing but I rarely try myself, I need to do it more often!ReplyDelete
and the wings on the dress look so good !I'm really looking forward to following along with this creation too, you always come up with the best way to style pieces and to customise them to make them work for you! :)
Just give it a try, Mica - you never know until you try!Delete
I am happy with the dress so far. I hope it turns out.
woww, what a lovely project, I think it's going to look really Fabulous, I can imagine it and looking forward to see your design developing and growing!, the creative process always amazes me!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the encouragement. I'm scared to death of f**king it up!Delete
Wet masks must be an utter nuisance. They're bad enough without being soggy.ReplyDelete
That dress is going to look amazing - you'll be one badass Christmas angel.
I could barely breathe in it - it was seriously soaked!Delete
Thank you! Lol, love that.
What a terrific rain coat-brighten up those clouds. I once had a purple rain coat-it would not fit even if I still had it, but that and wellies would make me smile in the rain. I hope your mom got the rest she needed after her decorating.ReplyDelete
Hm, I'm not wearing a raincoat here, Sam, nor wellies - I think you meant to comment on yesterday's post? Thanks!Delete
Your artistry is incredible. You are so very talented, my dear friend. And, I must add, I adore that the wings are not identical twins. It gives them all the more personality and a sense even that perhaps they're starting to take flight into the air.ReplyDelete
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Thank you, Autumn! I tell myself that part of the charm is that they are obviously NOT manufactured designs and are not perfect.Delete
Those wings will look so cool when finished.ReplyDelete
I hope so, thanks, Ivana!Delete
Great to see the start of your wings project.ReplyDelete
I like sharing the process with people. Glad you enjoyed it.Delete