Steel Magnolia – VIDA Collection

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Photo credit: Tamara Almeida

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She Came from Sea and Earth

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This project began when last summer I attended a digital prints on textiles short course at Central Saint Martins, in London. It inspired me to use my flowers in many different ways to make prints. Right now I’m working hard on this new direction, but here’s how it all began.

During the course I developed a project inspired by sea and earth and their connections. I’ve always seen them as interconnected. They are nature. They are life.

First I wrote a short story, a myth dealing with the origins of the world and with the life sprawling from Sea and Earth.

Developing the Earth theme was easy. I had my flowers. Above all I was drawn by flowers like frangipanis and their shell-like shapes. My color palette was limited to white and different hues of light blue so I added flowers like daffodils and forget-me-nots.

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Then, the Sea. I liked the idea on work on curvilinear lines, inspired by waves, corals and also clouds. I know clouds aren’t exactly connected to the Sea, but waves always remind me clouds. After painting abstract curvilinear lines with blue temper, I modified them on Photoshop and selected details from them to created abstract blue and white patterns. Then I had an idea: why not incorporate my flowers into them? My new prints were born. The first was a delicate forget-me-not on an abstract white and blue pattern you can see on my t-shirt in the pictures (yes, I printed it by myself!).

I also worked on engineered prints and printed them on fabric leftovers. After choosing the paintings more similar to clouds and waves, I modified them on Photoshop and incorporated again my flowers into them. This time I chose white daffodils and white blue frangipanis.

I enjoyed this project so much that I decided to develop it further. Stay tuned!

Photo credit: Tamara Almeida

 

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Flowers in the Space Part Two

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As I already told you here https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/flowers-in-the-space-part-one/, I was tasked with creating prints inspired by the idea of flowers floating in the space. While the other print was chosen to be part of collection (I took the sample home cause it wasn’t very polished), this one was tested but then rejected by my boss.

I was very sad because I really enjoyed working on this print and loved the outcome. Actually there are two versions of this print and you can see both of them at  https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/flowers-in-space/.

To me it has a strong Nordic winter vibe. Once again found inspiration in the aurora borealis and its light effects, but this time decided to work on a sort of landscape. I found this picture on internet representing a small chalet surrounded by snow and a wood of fir trees, in front of a lake. I was drawn by the sharp contrast between the chalet and the black sky, interrupted only by a flash of light. I also loved the play of reflections in the lake’s water.

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The next step was pasting on it another picture, also found on internet, this time a bouquet of flowers (among them peonies, orchids and irises), which added more colors that played very well with the aurora’s light. Then I reflected the image and create this engineered print.

Since it was rejected, I could take the samples home. I made this beautiful floating skirt and, although it has a strong winter vive, it has become one of my favourite summer items.

I also saved some fabric scraps and I’m gonna make some patchwork items with them. Actually a new top is ready. Pics coming soon!

Photo Credit: Tamara Almeida

 

 

Flowers in the Space Part One

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One day, I had an idea: why don’t make some swimwear with my prints? The fabric used in the office is always the same and could be used for swimwear, so why not doing it with the samples I take home?

I searched among my samples till I found the one. A print inspired by flowers and space, created for Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Fall/Winter 2016 Collection (you can view the full project here https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/a-journey-in-the-space-2/)

The task was working on the idea of flowers floating in the space. I found inspiration in the aurora borealis and the beautiful light effects it creates. I created a twirl of flowers (I chose peonies because they’re similar to roses but less obvious than them) and then pasted it on a space background with many and beautiful lights effects I had made before. Everything was made on Photoshop, using different pictures I found on internet.

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In the pictures you can see the print black and light blue, but it has been made also in red and black. Of course being light blue my favourite color I chose that!

The swimsuit was made by my dear friend Giuliana Vettorazzi, one of the masterminds behind the brand Hello Baby (check out their website here https://lovehellobaby.wordpress.com). Love also the pictures by another dear friend of mine, Tamara Almeida. We had a lot of fun when she challenged me to play my best version of Merida. Easy task thanks to my wild locks!

Photo credit: Tamara Almeida

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Dreams Part Two

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I’ve talked about my academy project “Dreams” here https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/dreams/. Today I’m gonna share with you pics of the top I made with the fabric cut from that very long skirt. The straps were made with the fabric I cut when I had to take in the sides. Yeah, totally zero waste!

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Midnight Garden

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Today I’m gonna talk about my bad habit. I steal fabric samples of my prints from the office where I work. They would end in the trash, so actually I’m saving them, not stealing them.

When you create prints for textiles, this means many samples before a print is chosen to be part of a collection. Usually these samples end in the trash, but I’ve decided my prints won’t face this fate. I carry them home with me and use them to make clothes for me, my friends and family.

That’s where this floating skirt come from. The print on this sample wasn’t polished so it has been thrown away. I took it home and with a little help by my dear friend Giuliana Vettorazzi (check out her website https://lovehellobaby.wordpress.com, she makes amazing stuff) transformed it in a beautiful skirt. Actually I still have some fabric, so maybe one day I’m gonna make a top. And, yes, I also made the white top you see in the pictures.

This print was featured alongside other two in Chiara Boni La Petite Robe October 2015 Capsule Collection, called “Midnight Garden”. It celebrated the magic of dark flowers and of gardens shining in the moonlight (you can view the whole project at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/midnight-garden/).

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I chose to represent cherry blossoms surrounded by butterflies. Taking a detail from a picture, I transformed it in a painting on my laptop, changed its colors (the flowers originally were light blue) and added some butterflies. I drew and colored them with my pencils, then transformed them in a painting as well.

This print was one of my first artworks and is still one of my faves. I was inspired by Japan, one of my favourite places in the world (actually that’s a dream of mine, because I’ve never been there!). Indeed it was created for a Japan-inspired collection, but after a while my boss shelved it. However they liked my print so much that decided to feature them in this capsule collection.

One day I’ll go to Japan, I promise. Maybe I’ll also write a short story about cherry blossoms, who knows. But there’s always the stunning cherry blossoms episode featured in Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams” that springs to my mind!

Photo credit: Tamara Almeida

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