My dear friend Resa from Toronto, Canada, has dedicated her latest creation to me. I am really thrilled and honoured. Thank you my friend.
This is her story of how it came about.
It goes back to the beginning of May. That is when I began to think about an idea for the gown. As I knew I would be dedicating it to Ralph, the first thing I thought of was a “cat” theme. Then I thought of a humour gown, which made me think of court jesters and harlequins. This lead to thoughts of the Venetian Ball, where many of the gowns seem to have a harlequin effect.
However, there are challenges for the Art Gowns, and this is what helps define them as art. I am not allowed to go out and buy expensive fabrics. I am only allowed to buy bargain bin leftovers for not more than $2.00 a meter. I can use expensive fabrics, but only if they are already in my stash.
I have used many things to make Art Gowns, including wine corks. – La Vie en Rose
I have used my scraps and rags – Empress D’Amore
I have used old curtain lace. – Autumn Orchid
So, I went out searching for fabrics for my ideas. Everything was 10, 20 or 30 $$$$ a meter.
All I could find was an off white stretch poplin (now I know why it was $2 not $15 a meter. You’ll read about that in the post. I also found curtain sheer for $2.00 a meter, but what could I do? They did not support my original ideas. Then I read about a Canadian female artist, the late Joyce Wieland.
In 1967, she was made famous by a lithograph she made by using red lipstick and forming her mouth into an O and imprinting it on her canvas … for Oh Canada. It was Canada’s 100th birthday.
I sent Ralph a first inspiration mock-up a while back, before his post on that he had met someone. I thought this reminds me of a Victorian era wedding gown.
I’m honored to be one of the first to know of your engagement.
Now, I find out you are getting married.
I never meant to make a wedding type gown, but I am, and I can’t help but feel that the Art Gowns are somehow psychic.
Well, that’s it!
Much love to both of you, and I am so looking forward to your coming out post!
Hugs, love and kisses to both of you! (and the cats)
Yes, it’s true ! Both Natascha and I are going to be married, to each other, which is important !
Yay ! But not here in Spain …. Austria !
As you can see I am the marriageable type.
I love my meals ….
…. and doing nothing.
We both love each other so much and we are so alike in everything we say or do.
Natascha immediately said “Yeeeeeesss !” when I proposed to her.
So I bought her a gorgeous engagement ring …..
….. and some pretty things.
It’s really simple ! Owing to Natascha’s medical conditions requiring specialised medications in Austria and if she moved to Spain would have to go through months of tests from scratch without the right medication she needs, I am moving to Austria.
So, I have already put my apartment on the market ….
…. set up preliminary arrangements to move all the contents, cats etc. to Austria.
Natascha returns to Austria on the 4th August and will immediately find a place for us. As soon as I have an address, off to Austria go Sonic & Samantha ….
….. followed almost immediately by the apartment contents and myself.
As I have drafted this post on the 30th July, we will spend our last few days together in Spain enjoying each other’s company.
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Ralph & Natascha xox ❤
Goodbye sweetheart. See you in Austria in a few weeks !
We do need to be together ! Love you !