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June 29, 2011

Painting Adara: Part One

Recently, I started a new porcelain project. I am calling her Adara. The main inspiration for Adara came from an imperfect shoulder plate and my desire to transform it into something beautiful with body painting or a tattoo.

My concept for Adara's tattoo is beauty emerging from pain, and the image is butterflies emerging from flames.

I was inspired to paint my butterflies like the ones I have admired in Asian paintings and embroidery. They have wispy wings, expressive antennae, and trailing tails. I wanted them to appear as if they were dancing while in flight.

  back view of tattoo outlines


  view of outlines from the front


   first layer of china paint



June 21, 2011

Gentle Like Morning Light

Last week, I put the final stitches into the Madelen dress. The Madelen is a delightful and elegant dress. It reminds me of soft sunlight on a Summer morning. I love the modern and feminine silhouette, the ribbon sash, and the lightness of the fabric.

The Madelen dress is a princess-seamed dress with a square neckline and flared, knee-length skirt (McCall's 5232). I created this dress from a lovely creamy yellow georgette with a lilac floral print.

I accessorized the dress with beige, peep-toe pumps, a baroque pearl necklace, and pearl earrings. When the day cooled, I wore an ivory lace shawl.

I loved wearing this dress. It does remind me of a gentle ray of sunshine.
















































“Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

-Hans Christian Anderson



















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