When I was a kid, a friend of mine and I used to make our own paper dolls. It was such a great way to think and learn about form, shapes, scale and color! All of these years later, I remembered that when I was thinking about how to show off some of our Artizan Made garments, jewelry and accessories. It’s a challenging project because once you have your paper doll, you have to find a garment that looks like it might face the same direction or have a similar pose as the doll. Then, as I got into it, I realized that most people would not group these things together into one outfit. At least, I wouldn’t! I would probably use one or two of them with a neutral background, showing off the handmade things as wearable art. You know, that little black dress with a statement necklace or a wild top with simple jewelry…
But, we live in a time when we can really have fun with color and texture and I thought of some of the icons who have helped liberate us. Iris Apfel, for example… In her 90’s, she encourages us to enjoy life fully and to express ourselves freely:
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Our Paper Doll Fashion Show!
Featured: Handwoven red scarf by Mariposa Handwovens, knit red scarf by Wrapture by Inese, purse by Something Else Studio, boots by Siamese Dream Designs; On the doll, a top by Dianne Koppisch Hricko.
Here we have a Marilyn paper doll! She is wearing a Gilgulim necklace, sandals by Siamese Dream Designs and an AllThingsPretty cuff. Also featured are a hand-dyed silk scarf by CherScapes and spiral rings by Down to the Wire Designs.
This paper doll is wearing a silk scarf by Dianne Koppisch and a tribal silver cuff from Afghan Tribal Arts. If she gets cold, she can reach for the orange Brenda Abdullah Designs coat! The Gilgulim fabric earrings seem like a good fit for her outfit.
More inspiration for being bold and embracing color!
Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) is a Nigerian artist who has exhibited in top venues, so you may remember seeing some of his work. This is his opulent interpretation of the Last Supper. The message I get from it is of how we have degraded sacred places and spaces in our lives by losing meaning and just being decadent. Whatever the intention, his use of colors and textures is quite inspiring and you can spend some time exploring more on his website.
I first learned about Kaffe Fassett many years ago through the quilt world. But, before that, he was mostly known as a knitwear designer. Considered the King of Color, whatever Kaffe touches becomes transformed into splendor and warmth.
These icons have allowed their imaginations to come to the surface. They personalize their spaces, their clothing and you can bet that they are not looking at mass production as their core of inspiration. Our Artizan Shops are not all that famous (yet!), but their talent and dedication is one-of-a-kind and we hope that you will support them and bring their work into your world and make it yours.
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Quickview All Products, Jewelry, Bracelets, For Women, Folk Art, Upcycled, Black, Dots, Paper, Beaded, Sewn, Americas, USAThis bracelet is made of folded pieces of paper in what is known as the "candywrapper technique". It has about 60 pieces of paper that have been folded and interlocked with each other. Each row is sewn internally to the next one. I use fake gut. The beads are carved discs made from coconuts (Nigeria) and green soapstone.$38.00 Sold By Rayela Art$38.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Scarves, Upcycled, Boho, Silk, Sewn, Americas, USATwo vintage ties have been recycled into an art scarf with colorful Pom Poms which I made myself.$36.00 Sold By Rayela Art$36.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Clothing, Dress, Niche, For Women, Elements, Beach-Resort-Water, Blue, Boho, Materials, Silk, Method, Dyed, Sewn, Provenance, Americas, USABlue Twilight Itajime Shibori Hand-Dyed Tight Twisted Seersucker Silk Dress This delicious raspberry butterscotch silk charmeuse infinity scarf was created by hand-dyeing with acid dyes utilizing the itajime method of shibori resist. It is the perfect addition to your next afternoon brunch outfit! Diameter 56″ x Width 15″ Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.$210.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch$210.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Jewelry, Bracelets, Niche, Valentine's Day, Textiles, Elements, Nature, Purple, Materials, Fiber, Method, Sewn, Provenance, Americas, USARayon and metallic threads, stitched on my domestic sewing machine, create lovely aspen leaves to wear around your wrist.$50.00 Sold By Doughty Designs$50.00
Quickview All Products, Jewelry, Necklaces, Niche, For Women, Tribal Art, Vintage, Elements, Boho, Rustic, White, Materials, Glass-Material, Shells, Method, Beaded, Provenance, Asia, IndiaCulturalPatina maintains a large shop on Etsy with over 800 Museum quality products and original art. Our focus is primarily on American Western art, but we also have a sizable collection on Naga beadwork and textiles, along with other tribal from around the world. Clicking on the 'Shop on Etsy' button will take you to that section of our shop where you can see similar works. If this item has sold, you should be able to find something else of the same quality and price range.$6,000.00 Sold By CulturalPatina Gallery$6,000.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Aprons, Fair Trade, Holiday Themes, Christmas, Textiles, Weaving, Red, Stripes, Cotton, Woven, Americas, GuatemalaStriped Handwoven Bistro Apron with Pocket Click on the Visit our Website button to see what we have in stock.$34.00 Sold By MayaMamWeavers$34.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Clothing, Tops, Jackets, Niche, For Women, Fair Trade, Folk Art, Textiles, Tribal Art, Weaving, Elements, Black, Boho, Materials, Cotton, Fiber, Silk, Synthetic, Method, Dyed, Sewn, Woven, Provenance, Asia, Tajikistan, UzbekistanThis dramatic one-of-a-kind hand-woven Central Asian silk/cotton blend ikat kimono jacket will make you stand out from the crowd, regardless of the occasion. It's perfect as a casual jacket with jeans or an elegant cover-up for a black tie event. Clicking on the "Visit Shop" button will take you to the HoonArts Fair Trade shop where you can purchase this item and see what other one-of-a-kind and small artist's edition treasures are currently in stock.$130.00 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade$130.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Scarves, Shawls, Wraps, Niche, For Women, Fair Trade, Textiles, Weaving, Elements, Boho, Stripes, Materials, Cotton, Method, Woven, Provenance, Americas, GuatemalaBoho lightweight kimono style wrap Click on the Visit our Website button to see what we have in stock.$66.00 Sold By MayaMamWeavers$66.00
Quickview All Products, Accessories, Shawls, Wraps, Fair Trade, Textiles, Weaving, Cotton, Woven, Americas, GuatemalaReversible handwoven cotton shawls Click on the Visit our Website button to see what we have in stock.$44.00 Sold By MayaMamWeavers$44.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Scarves, Valentine's Day, Dots, Pink, Red, Fiber, Silk, Method, Sewn, Provenance, USAThis delicious raspberry butterscotch silk charmeuse infinity scarf was created by hand-dyeing with acid dyes utilizing the itajime method of shibori resist. It is the perfect addition to your next afternoon brunch outfit! Diameter 56″ x Width 15″ Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.$100.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch$100.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Scarves, Green, Red, Yellow, Fiber, Silk, Dyed, Sewn, Americas, USAThis colorful triangle scarf was created by hand-painting and silkscreening tight twisted seersucker silk with fiber reactive dyes. Great to throw over a plain outfit to add some interest and zest! Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to my listing there where you can purchase this item and see what else is in stock.$45.00 Sold By Dianne Koppisch$45.00
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Scarves, Provenance, USAThe great drape on this infinity scarf is created by cutting the silk on the bias and twisting it twice. It can be arranged so that you can see more of one side or the other. The neutral palette makes it a wardrobe staple. Click on the Visit button to go to my Jane Porter Fashion Shop.$45.00 Sold By Jane Porter Fashion$45.00