Did you ever design an Art Gown for the birds, in particular Ducks, Swans & Pigeons?
Probably not, but if so, then you might know Ceramic Artist Belén Soto from Arcilla y Fuego. Mystic Lake is dedicated to her.
You see, I bought an adorable Black Drake from Belén . As he is lonely & looking for a wife, Belén & I started a Marriage Agency for Ducks. I’m hoping we will expand to Swans & Pigeons in the near future.
Already Belén has designed 2 beautiful candidates, Lúa and Mar. Soon a wedding gown will be needed. I am hoping the duck bride to be & all future swan & pigeon brides will love this gown.
Depending on the natural light, Mystic Lake magically changes from grey to blue. The best blue tones were captured at daybreak on a sunny day. Grey was exposed best on sunny afternoons.
Well, Art Gowns don’t hatch from eggs, so let’s get “down” to the making of Mystic Lake.
White satin was draped over a strapless long-line corset bra that opens in the back. As a real model will eventually wear her, I had to be practical.
The next item I needed was feathers.
Yet, I am a vegetarian, so I decided to make feathers out of Swiss dotted net & cotton muslin.
The fabrics were hand sewn together, the cotton being larger than the net.
Then the cotton was sliced into sections & frayed by hand.
Finally, a strip of feather perfection was added to the décolletage.
The skirt, with a velcro closure lined up under the corset’s opening, was added to the bodice.
The tail feathers were now needed.
I made a waistband. It closes in the back w/Velcro. I sewed bars across the center back of the band, so the tails could hook on.
First came a major white tail.
Then there was a grey voile tail, with fake feather bustle that hooked onto the white tail.
Finally, a decorative black & grey tail piece topped off he tail feathers quite nicely.
Lastly, wings of grey voile were attached to her sides.
It took days to fray the feathers for the wings.
When the back looks as above, the front looks as below.
Mystic Lake made a special beauty shot for the photographer who is coming in a week to view her. Looks like she could be the first Art Gown to be worn by a beautiful model.
As we know, Art Gowns refuse to do housework. They especially hate the smell of the cleaning products. So, Mystic & the Art Gowns are all going shopping, while I clean the bathroom.
Mystic Lake Designed by Resa MCconaghy – Summer – 2016
Photographed by Resa McConaghy – September – 2016
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Again, special thanks to my dear friend, Belén. I am very excited to see the next Duck Bride Candidate. Be sure to watch for it on her blog, Arcilla y Fuego
Visit Belén‘s online shop Tienda de Ceramica.
⭐ MORE THANK YOU’S ⭐
I also thank Marina Kanavaki – Art Towards A Happy Day for sending me a gift of art & music.
“Atom Flowers” © Artist Marina Kanavaki – 2016
It was inspiring to listen to MK-O while I created. Hear them on http://www.mk-o.com/
“Black Drake” © Artist Belén Soto – 2015
Finally, a sweet thank you to Le Drake Noir. It was Belen’s post Pájaro Negro / Drake Noir that started this whole crazy happening.