Friday, December 10, 2010

Viva Valentino - Art Journal Quilt No 2

The Valentino exhibition inspired me so much I just had to do my November art quilt to commemorate the visit.
Of course it had to include some of Valentino's  signature red.  The dress form is a stylized version of the black velvet vintage Valentino gown worn by Julia Roberts at the 2001 Oscars.  I added some swarovski crystals to it as Valentino was very fond of using crystals on his gowns.  To finish, I quilted the piece (it is only 8 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches) in the letter "V".  Once quilted, it was quite serendipitous that the black gown just 'popped out' from the surface of the quilt.  It is very tactile with the two different textures of fabric.
It looks much better in real life.

Last night at TQ Art quilt group we met at the studio of Kathy Adams (of Koolkat Quilting).  Kathy took my photograph of a Banksia and altered it in Corel Draw.  When I was happy with the look, she then printed it out onto a silk sheet for me.   It has turned out very painterly and I can't wait to embellish it with some hand stitching and maybe some beads.  Thank you Kathy, it was a lovely evening.
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shirley said...

Dianne, the Valentino art journal quilt is absolutely striking and gorgeous. Just love it. Dying to see it in real life.

shirley said...

What a great picture to embellish. This lends itself to all sorts of stitches\\

i am sure you will do it justice.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Di, Your Valentino Art Quilt is outstanding and beautiful. I love the bright red. I love the flower you had made into a silkie. I love all Aussie Flowers. I will look forward to seeing it embellished. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Big Hugs Judy

Marilyn said...

How clever to make the Valentino art quilt. I picked which gown as soon as I saw your pic. (not that it was hard to do !!! it is so good).
Love your banksia on silk. I will also be watching to see how you embellish it.