Stylish in scrap fabricsArt inspired
Bonjour, Its always difficult for me to blow my own trumpet and trust my own hype but this time I will, fanfare and all! I am super proud of this super stylish and clever look. I am a huge pop art fan Lichtenstein, Andy Wahrol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney and have seen all their retrospective over the years. I also love abstract art Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky I think my love for this art form comes from my fascination with symmetry and asymmetry, colours, blocks and It was always my dream to create a garment inspired by those artists and iconic images. I didn’t want to just buy a fabric print of pop or abstract art, I wanted to make my own artistic interpretation of their amazing work.
The inspiration came at John Lewis 4th floor in the haberdashery department… Read on…
I love John Lewis Cotton collection. Retails at £7 a meter. Plenty of vibrant shades I spend hours matching in my head. I had bought various shades over the years. I don’t aim to give you a tutorial for the skirt as I know you know how to. It’s a simple technique of patchwork but I want to inspire you to give it a go, with your scraps and come up with your own version.
- I had a fair amount of scraps of red, yellow and orange. The primary red is of the same shade as Mondrian, the yellow is paler and I didn’t want to make a carbon copy of the original, hence the orange.
- There is one rectangle of real leather. Something I had in my stash a long time ago. There was no other place to have it but at the front. Although bum would have been fun 😉
- Each piece have been cut and assembled by pure instinct and as I went along. I used a pattern as rough guide and to avoid too much mathematics. Simplicity #1321 View B. It has two front seams and 2 back seams which was half the job for my panels
- The lines are made with black biais binding, also scrap.
The arty look
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A word on the shirt:
it’s a charity shop find, I bought for £5 at St Christopher’s hopsice shop, in my local area. It’s a man’s shirt, XL size and already a favorite in my wardrobe. So… moral of the story, I am stylish in rags or in scraps. I call that a fashion success ahah. I shot this at the Barbican, because you know, Art deserves Art. The Barbican is difficult to understand for some but I always loved it. The concrete works for me. It’s moody and atmospheric. The Barbican as an art centre has got such an atmosphere, has great acoustic for performances. I am a member, that’s how much I love it. It’s actually an architectural masterpiece of its time. The Towers were the tallest residential towers in Europe between 1973-1976.
Further reading: Along the same line of the skill used for this skirt, I wanted to share with you an article published on August 11, 2018 in Selvedge magasine: The feestrok, or ‘celebration skirt’? It’s a “patchwork skirt that was specially made to celebrate the liberation of the Netherlands from German occupation at the end of World War Two”. More clothes art: Vans inspired by Van Gogh Have you ever made any clothes inspired art? I’d love to see your make!