Artemis by Moonlight

Were you ever inspired to make an Art Gown by moonlight?

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Yes! Then you were enraptured by Artemis, Greek goddess of hunting and goddess of the moon.

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Artemis, the Art Gown, is dedicated to Aquileana from La Audacia de Aquiles, and Oloriel Moonshadow from Colour Me in Cyanide and Cherry. The three of us have joined our mystic forces to create a fabulous three part post tribute to this prodigious goddess.

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Oloriel has posted a most evocative poem with beautiful artwork, “Invoking the Huntress” It is a wonderful part 2 of our 3 part collaboration. Aquileana has posted a marvelous essay, “Artemis’ Dual Achetype”. In this article, Aquileana smartly brings all 3 posts together.

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Months ago, when brainstorming ideas, Aquileana suggested animal prints. Artemis is, after all, goddess of hunting. The veggie-head in me decided I would create an abstract animal print of my own. This way no animal print fabrics would be harmed.

In the end, some people thought the fabric looked more like tree bark. Oloriel said she though it was  the moon dripping it’s light on the gown.

artm51artm50As I’d used up all of  my fabric stash, I hit the bargain bin fabric shop on Queen Street.

I got a deal on a stretch, crushed and burnt out velvet. It had a brown stain from the cardboard roll running through it.artm3

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The paint was mixed with a fabric medium, and voila, after a month of painting, the goods were ready.

I chose a copper satin for the tails.

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I needed some type of rope to  adorn her. So, I made tubes from the satin, & braided them with tubes I made from the wrong side of a cheesy sparkly disco material.

It took 5 hours to make 2 yards of braid. In the end I made 10 yards.

The copper satin tail was made rounded, to mimic a copper moon. A moon shaped copper amulet was dressed around her neck.

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 From above, the moon watches over Artemis.

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Although she wanted to go hunting, Artemis was stuck in the Art Gown Room, in the city of Toronto. Also, she had only one virgin nymph with her.

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I jokingly told her she could go hunting in my house plants, whereupon she fluffed her tail at me. As you can see from the slideshow, she has a lot of tail attitude.

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Artemis waits, as the sun sets and the moon rises.

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The end of “Magic Hour”

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Once the moon had risen, Art Gown Artemis requested a ride in her chariot.

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I told her there was no chariot, because parking was too, expensive in downtown Toronto. She just stood there staring at me until the next day.

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Art Gown “Artemis by Moonlight” designed & made by Resa – November 2016 – February 2017

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Photos © Resa McConaghy  2017

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I keep thinking about how my Artemis collaboration partners, and myself make a magic triangle: Aquileana in Buenos Aires, Argentina.. Oloriel in Belgrade, Serbia ..Resa in Toronto, Canada.

amalia_aquileana01aquiAquileana is smart as a whip. I always have to read her posts 2 or 3 times.

This is because I want to completely absorb all she has taken much time to share with us. I have learned most about what I know of Greek Mythology from reading her blog.

Click on the girls’ faces, and go to their blogs’ Home Pages. Click on the sketch or book cover, and go to each of their Artemis posts.

07fb8ac9026557c4308de6d9d4ae2103cyanide-cherries-poetry-bookOloriel’s poetry runs the gamut from  sweetly intense to piquing, and her artwork is pleasing and intriguing.

She wrote a book, “Colour Me In Cyanide & Cherries. Go to her blog, and discover all she has to offer, and how you can buy a copy of her book!

Me, I’m busy pressing Artemis’ tail. The rest of the Art Gowns are lined up in the hallway, waiting to have their tails pressed. You haven’t lived until you get to press Art Gowns’ tales.

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Artemis pines for the forest.

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All writing © Resa McConaghy

Autumn Orchid

Did you ever have to “make-over” an internet shawl contestant into an “Art Gown”?

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If you have, you know it’s not as painful as standing in the shadows of love,

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…but still, you spent a lot of time looking out the window wondering how!

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Between the challenges of life, the window of opportunity and the shadows of love, lies hope. I dedicate “Autumn Orchid” to Cindy Knoke, and I hope she just loves it!

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Cindy’s Blog is filled with color, nature, joy and adventure. It is a most positive place to visit, and as beautiful as any “Art Gown”

Cindy MOS #1This gown started, as a shawl.

 The shawl took over 40 hours.

Due to paint drying times, this was over a three week period.

I chose yardage of a 90″ wide piece of floral patterned curtain lace.

This ensured that there would be no seams in the shawl, that it would be 1 piece unto itself.

Cutting deep into the lace around the flowers, a unique bordeur was created.

Cindy MOS #2After mixing metallic copper acrylic paint with fabric medium, I painted the bordeur.

Both sides of the lace were painted.

When finished and dry, the paint was meticulously heat set with a hot iron.

Using finishing scissors, I cut off all micro bits of painted fray.

This made a very smooth edge.

The shawl was entered in a very fabulous talent contest.

It was so exciting!

The slideshow features some of my fave shots of the  finished shawl.

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Oh…. boohoo! My shawl didn’t win. I moodily wandered around the “Art Gown” room for awhile.

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Then, I thought of Cindy, & remembered the old saying “If  life gives you a lemon shawl, make “Art Gown” lemonade!”

MOG #4MOG #5I halved the remaining lace.

One piece went into a pail with copper acrylic paint and water.

The other half was hand painted with copper, cobalt turquoise & a blend of the two.

I cut around the lace pattern to form a bodice.

For the skirt, the shawl was folded diagonally, as you saw in the slideshow, then fastened around  Judy’s waist with the opening in the back. The pail soaked lace was inserted into the back opening.

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MOG #1MOG #2Flowers were cut out from the rest of the lace. In back, they were ruched onto the insert. In front, they were used like flat puzzle pieces.

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Voilà, more “Autumn Orchid”

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One last nostalgic look.

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P.S. I did find a fabulous turquoise orchid online. It is a rights reserved image, so I can’t show you.

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“Art Gown” Autumn Orchid designed by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014

All photos taken by Resa McConaghy – November, 2014

Graffiti Girl Glam

Have you ever felt like painting a graffiti mural on a beautiful gold lamé gown, then shooting it in the alley beside a mural?

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Well I have, & it is inspired by all the ephemeral art my eyes now see around me.

So to thank  Eric Vandersteenen, Director & General Administrator and Monique Deveen, Artistic Director & Main Photographer of the Free Tag Zone network  for introducing me to a new passion, my second “Art Gown” is an FTZ Tribute Gown.

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Of course, I needed a gold lamé gown to paint on.

So I basted a crinoline onto Judy , and draped a bodice.

The bodice has inverted waist darts set at a dramatic angle.

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Then I gathered 4 meters of lamé over the crinoline.

I basted the skirt to the crinoline.

5 centimeter wide straps were attached to the bodice, and crossed in the back.

There was extra fabric which I draped into a tail. I just love gowns with tails.

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Draping  the gown took only a few hours.

I figured, I would have it painted in no time at all.

I gave myself 2 part days.

Three weeks later, I was finished. I hadn’t figured on my lack of painting ability, and the time it takes paint to dry!

Here is the result.

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After a week I began talking to her.

Graffitigam #9Her proper name is Free Tag Zone, but after awhile, I started calling her Freeta for short.

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I really love this gown, and could not stop taking pics of her.

Well, my tribute to FTZ is over, but ephemeral art lives on!

Kisses to you Eric, Monique and everyone who is part of making  FTZ   such a wonderful experience!

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I TOOK A PIC OF THEM. ACTIVE “LIKES” ARE ON PERMALINK

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