Thursday, December 23, 2010

scenic dresses

I love elaborate patterns featuring unexpected and seemingly unusual objects, hence all the wallpaper in my paintings.
Combining my love of vintage style and such patterns are these dresses, which fall into a category that I like to call "scenic dresses."
I so regret not buying this dress! Bicycle dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage.
Train dress from Timeless Vixen Vintage. This one is still available!
For some reason I really love the use of old-fashioned means of transportation in patterns for walls and dresses. I used biplanes in the wallpaper of 'The Escapist'. That whole painting was built around the idea I had for biplane wallpaper. 
I remember that in an old house my Grampa used to own and rent to tenants there was an entryway covered with horse and buggy wallpaper from the late 1800s. I know that for me, the appeal of trains and planes on wallpaper is just that element of the unexpected and the fact that these things, when old, are so romantic to me, but I wonder what the appeal is for others. Is it having the notion of travel in a place you call home?
"The Escapist (something for Anne)"
Just as beautiful as patterned dresses are ones that feature one large landscape. It's like wearing a painting. This dress is from an old etsy shop that's not around anymore.
And big, beautiful, graphic animals! How gorgeous is this rooster dress?! And again, I love how unusual and unexpected those roosters are on the bottom of a full-skirted white dress! This one is also an alumni of Timeless Vixen Vintage (this shop has amazing dresses. Someday I plan on owning one. :)
They're like children's book illustrations! 
I hope you're all having a beautiful week! I'm excited for more snow tomorrow, getting breakfast with a friend, another post office trip, and finally, going home for Christmas. 
Have a beautiful Thursday!


Chhan said...

Love the first one :D

Jennifer Lewis said...

That bike dress is amazing!