Monday, December 01, 2008

brave heart "art dress"

I have been working on different types of "art dresses" over the past year (there will be a "art dress" step out and patterns in my fabric art book) the dress's started out quite small but over the last week they have started to grow.

Brave Heart "art dress" measures 13 inches by 14 inches.

(Brave heart for sale here)

I fashioned the pattern from this dress that hangs in my studio that dates to the late 1800's

(pined to the dress is a piece that I am working on)

the dress is all threadbare but made with such love, with all the tiny hand stitches. this little dress has somehow became my muse and acts as
a reminder to me to put heart in what I do.

I intentionally made rips in my fabric when I was making this dress then stitched them up to emulate the old dress that inspired this piece.

around the seams I stitched in a half hazard way around the seams to give the appearance of lace. my sewn signature is stitched in the bottom right hand corner.

the words "my heart strings" are on the back of the dress along side the neckline.

and here is brave heat all stitched and mended and ready to save the world of love.
(oh, I am one silly blogger this morning!)

Just posted on the web over at stampington and company is a cover artist interview with me that you can view here and here.

happy creating!



Gunnels blog said...

Oh, I love these dresses ! Wonderful! Congrats to the interview, it´s great. I have already order that issue, I have the other two and like them alot. Bytheway today I looked at your both DVD from Quilting Arts! So fun to see you work !

Miss JJJ::studioJudith said...

YumYum Yummy , Miss Ruth!
Love these dresses AND can't wait to
see the interview in the new Sew Som.
(I think I'm in that, too --- but there's just ONE cover artist and you're IT!!!)
Hugs, Judith

Elaine Kerr said...

Like Miss J up there, I love how your work grows, changes and always remains fresh and interesting. Not to mention truly inspiring!

Sandra Evertson said...

Just wanted to drop you a note to say Congrats on the Sew Somerset cover! I love seeing your ethereal artwork in all of Stampington's fabulous publications!
Sandra Evertson

MizSmoochieLips said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Patti G. said...

Ruth, you are talented on so many fronts! This dress is just beautiful and the vintage feel shines through! Love the "heart strings" you free motion girl! :0)
And Congrats on the Sew Somerset! SOooooooo well deserved! Smooches!

Ruth Rae said...

thank you all!

Brenda Seaholm-Wampler said...

Congrats on the cover, and you work with the little dresses is just darling. Your talents are endless.