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!

Photo credit: Tamara Almeida

 

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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An Aquamarine Wedding

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My cousin just wed in the beautiful setting of Grand Hotel Elba International, Capoliveri, Elba Island, in Tuscany, Italy. For the event I created a floral pattern especially for her and her husband. Inspired by the sea and by its colors (aquamarine was the color and main theme of the celebration), I chose to draw delicate flowers and color them with subtle hues of light blue and aquamarine. As always, I used only pencils.

The first flower was a rose, because a rose is never out of place in a floral pattern, then a small bouquet of forget-me-not, because they’re extremely delicate and can be found everywhere. The last were two frangipanis, because their shape remind me of shells.

Their love for my pattern made me so happy. It has been used everywhere: invitation cards, party favors (they opted for a bottle of wine), menus, place cards and booklets. It shone even more on such a sunny and bright day and against such a beautiful landscape.

Thank you again, Alice and Marco. Wish you nothing but happiness.

Dreams Part One

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For my cousin’s wedding, I made my whole outfit by myself. Actually I already had these two items in my closet. I made the white top last year and since then it has become one of my favorites. Because of my penchant for white tops, I think.

But it’s the skirt which really steals the spotlight. I never wore it before. It was part of a collection I created during academy years. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams”, I realized a collection called after this film. The main theme was the juxtaposition of prints, representing details from landscape photography and 18th and 20th century female portraits.

Being the prints extremely vivid and colorful, the only color in the collection was white. The back of every printed item was white and also the one of this skirt, as you can see in the picture. Actually I used the same white cotton to sew the top.

When I found out about the wedding and the location (the incredibly beautiful Elba Island, in Tuscany, Italy), I immediately thought about this skirt. I had to work hard on it: having been fitted on a model, it was too long for me. Actually I cut so much fabric that I made a top from it (I’m gonna share pics of it very soon)!

 

Things are getting really serious

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Have you ever dreamt to wear one of my prints? Or, why not, to hang it on the wall or to dress your cushions and other furniture in your house? Well, maybe your dream is gonna be true.

If you like how my tulips look on cotton pique or wanna buy fabrics featuring my flowers (choosing among my collection or asking for a new exciting design created especially for you) , you only have to contact me!