I thought you might enjoy looking behind the scenes a little and seeing part of the creative process. Sometimes I get inspired by a style or pattern, sometimes by a piece of fabric, or sometimes by a piece of artwork.
In this case it was a piece of artwork created by a dear friend of mine Mary France Millet.
Mary Frances is a gifted artist. She has her art displayed and sold at local galleries, art shows and store fronts. She is a watercolor artist and instructor. If you are interested in seeing more of her artwork and classes check out her website http://maryfrancesmillet.com/. I love collaborating with her and we are planning on more projects in the future so stay tune for updates.
So back to the project. For this project I decided to start with the artwork panel by Mary Frances Millet and build it from there.
The next step is to decide which fabrics I wanted to pair with the panel. Sometimes this offers the most difficult challenges. So many choices.
And now how to construct it with a mixture of laces, sheers and embroidery fabrics. I try out several combinations by pinning it to the mannequin.
Finally the finished kimono.