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Teddy Bear Muse

Last November, in anticipation of seeing the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, I created two Gaultier inspired designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

For fans of “the enfant terrible of French fashion” it will be no surprise that one of these was a corset.

For inspiration I chose the conical bra style he first showed in the early 1980s and which was famously worn by pop icon Madonna on her Blonde Ambition World Tour.

Here is my take on it for my garden fairy and some photos I took at the exhibition.

corset

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitionIn the exhibition monograph, Jean Paul Gaultier thanks many including his teddy bear – which features in the exhibition wearing the cone bra he fashioned for it as a child!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk:

“…thanks also to my teddy bear Nana who was my first model and without whom my whole career not to speak of the cone breasts, would not have been possible…”

In my post Good Things Come To Those That Wait I spoke of waiting for several years to see this exhibition. It was first shown in Montreal in 2011, then in Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London and finally Melbourne in 2014.

It was worth the wait – so much so that I went to see it twice on that weekend trip to Melbourne in November!

Shades Of Pink, Shades Of Green

This morning I made my first Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress for 2015 with two different pink geraniums that grow in my front garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I decided to use two shades of pink together inspired by the two colour effect of the fabric twine I’ve started making.

A Xmas gift of The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black combined with a workroom tidy up spurred the start of this new project to recycle some of the smaller scraps that mount up in my studio.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I found the instructions on My Poppet. It’s easy to make and all ready my mind is sparking with ideas for what I might do with it.

You can see other ways I use my scraps in my posts Macarons, Memories & Momentoes and Treasure & Mermaids.

Always better than them ending up in landfill.

Spring Just Gone

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s now officially summer and I can’t believe I posted so few things about  my garden over spring – especially since it was such a good one.

Lots of things flowered early and quickly producing a profusion of colour.

Like the banksia rose which has a tangle of  pale pink rose, honeysuckle and jasmine twining through it.

When we pruned it back I gathered some up for a vase and to create several  designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – here are just two of them!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

So while I might not have posted much about spring in my garden I certainly enjoyed it!

Pink Dress & Daisy Lawn

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I bought a vintage flower basket – perfect for gathering flowers for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe .

A week ago the lawn was a mass of tiny daisies. It was rather pretty looking out the sunroom window at them and I had the idea to pick and arrange them into a word on the green grass but what word I couldn’t decide on.

I was too indecisive! Mr Petal & Pins has now mowed the lawn so no more daisies.

I’ll work on my word choice for next time they pop up.

Meanwhile the garden has lots of colour to play with for garden fairies.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

Good Things Come To Those That Wait

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In 2011 the Montreal Museum Of Fine Art curated an exhibition of the work of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

I’ve watched from afar as the exhibition traveled to various locations and now – three years on it is in my neighbourhood – well almost – Melbourne.

So that’s where I am this weekend!

In anticipation I created this Gaultier inspired dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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Fabulously Festive

Magnetic Island bougainvilleas

Bougainvilleas are among the most colourful of flowering plants. Named after French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville they originate from the tropics and subtropics of South America.

You occasionally see one growing in a sunny spot in Tasmania but in Queensland they put on a spectacular display that is fabulously festive.

bougainvilleas on Magnetic Island

This tangle of several colours I photographed while on Magnetic Island, and I picked some to play with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Now my garden fairy is ready for a Summer Fiesta!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Pencil Sketch

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Sultry & Stirred

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

I photographed this Garden Fairy’s dress made from Bergenia flowers with my iPad. I like the unexpected effect – a grainy vintage sultry summer feel.

I imagine her standing outside in the late afternoon sun with the heat radiating off the buildings, the sun casting long shadows. Martinis being stirred, palm trees and a poolside location.

Maybe she was swimming earlier in the day in her St Tropez style ‘forget-me-not’ bikini..

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown circa 1950

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown 1950

Or perhaps I’ve been daydreaming a little as I start to think what to pack for going to Magnetic Island later in the week!

 

Garbed In The Garden

© sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the postman to deliver something special and today was the day!
Faerie Magazine Summer 2014 issue 27.

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe is featured along side the work of floral artists Pam Yokoyama, Vashti Cassinelli, Zita Elze and Francoise Weeks.

There’s also lots of other gorgeousness for inspiration in the garden, entertaining and some magical travel destinations.

You may recognise the article feature photo is similar to my blog ‘about’ page. The peony tree those peonies came from has just started to bloom again this week – Spring is on it’s way! Grape hyacinths are adding a splash of blue everywhere and the air is perfumed with the scent of jonquils.

Another exciting thing to happen is our new deck at the bottom of the garden was completed yesterday and it’s going to be a special spot.

I’m looking forward to lazy days and balmy nights.
Long Sunday lunches and drinks with friends.
Quiet mornings with a pot of tea.
Afternoons in dappled light.
Reading, writing, playing, dreaming.
Sharing laughter, conversation and just being.

Botanical

embroidered fabriccutting fabricembroided fabric detail© Sandra Alcorn 2014

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