I was asked to create a large
version of a handmade card which consisted of a small kimono pieced
together with tiny strips of paper. The completed piece was to be approximately
11 X 14 with the kimono in red.
I created the first kimono (below on the right)
with the idea of mixing mediums. I mixed fabric and paper, but the end result
was more yellow than red. I tried balancing the piece by adding dragon flies.
After a trip to Impressions in Fresno, CA., and much inspiration from Kat Runge,
I returned home to the project with greater enthusiasm.
My next attempt (below on the left) resulted after
my discussion with Kat. I completed
the kimonos with paper only (the background circle has some fabric). I used white
and red paper only. I then gold leafed, beaded, stamped, embossed, and painted.
Next the paper was cut very thin strips and pieced together to form the kimono. The
final projects were framed in 20 X 26 shadow box frames.