Sunday, June 2, 2013

21. Cherchez la femme

Oh SIA! What a wonderful inspiration this week, a flowery lady by Colette Calascione.

image for "Colette Calascione, Illumination" is to be displayed here

Such luscious florals are hard to come by (and they certainly don't live in my wardrobe), but will you look at this!


Last time I lived in Vienna I purchased a small painting from a wonderful Finnish artist. It has followed me all these years and withstood several moves between countries and continents.

I walked by a store front last week and thought something looked very familiar. And indeed it was. She has turned her art into fabrics and clothing. Fabrics are printed from her artwork and come in silk, rayon and cotton. One word: luscious!

Inside the store looks just as nice. Artwork and clothing everywhere. I won't bore you with interior shots, take a look at her web gallery if you're interested). Needless to say, there was a lot to see. I fell in love with this little number.


A caftan of sorts, made of silk. I already saw myself wearing it as a morning robe.

Hi SIA, here's my interpretation of the lovely Colette Calascione flower lady:


Hard to tell where the lady ends and the flowers start - just like in the original.

The story goes on. The caftan didn't come home with me, but got some printed cotton sateen instead. Which will become a jacket - you'll see.

In case you are in Vienna, why not pay a visit.

Linking with:
Visible Monday
Mix-it
Style Imitating Art

16 comments:

  1. That painting is inspirational! Love the fluid quality of the fabric, so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing what you make!

    blue hue wonderland

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  2. Thank you Ann for visiting. The fabrics are indeed fluid and have a wonderful aura about them. The pattern is so irregular you start to wonder whether it has been painted by hand after all, not printed.

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    1. Hi Juli--Think I have the brand incorrect on the white jacket in my last post. It is at my studio and I have not been over there to see exactly what it is. It is from Anthropology. This is a fun store with a great site and many lovely choices.

      blue hue wonderland

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  3. Such a wonderful painting and inspiration.
    I am so glad to have found you and your blog.
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    1. We'll be busy visiting each other i think!

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  4. What a beautiful painting, and the caftan as well - the print is so soothing. Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday!

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  5. ich bin begeistert! very artistbeautiful:):):)
    danke für dein mixit!
    xxx birgit

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  6. Juli, der Kaftan ist wunderschön! Genau so schön wie das Bild der blumigen Dame. Du hast das nicht nur sehr gut nachempfunden sondern auch eine wunderbare Entdeckung gemacht. Da bin ich ja mal gespannt, wozu sie Dich inspiriert hat.
    Lieben Gruss von Sabine

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  7. Danke ihr lieben!
    Birgit, es ist immer nett, bei dir mitzumischen!
    Sabine, ich zeige bestimmt die Jacke wenn es fertig ist! (Ja, jetzt ist die Katze raus :-)

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  8. Genius of her to think of turning her artwork into fabric. Gorgeous. And perfect for SIA too. Can't wait to see what you bought looks like.

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    1. I am not that colorful, so my piece is very very tuned down. But fun nevertheless! Once it's done I'll definitely do a show and tell.

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  9. Doesen't it feel wonderful, finding new art by an artist who is already an old friend. I know you'll make something wonderful of the new fabric.
    You look lovely in the caftan, even if it didn't come home with you.

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    1. Thank you Jan! I love meeting with artists and friends and the combination thereof :-)

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  10. Beautiful AND inspiring! Thanks for introducing me to Tuukia. I'm making note of her address.

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    1. Yes, I thought you might like her.

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