The conventional and unconventional sides of my life.

Dress Up – August

It looks like I am a bit late to the party. Alice and Camilla have been hosting a “Dress Up” party each month during 2010 where participants post their artsy dress creation for that month. I only just found out about it because I am slowly dipping my toe into this blog world and recently expanded my blog reading horizons beyond mainly DIY Decorating blogs and I’ve been exploring the world of Altered Art & Artists blogs.

I’ve been interested in altered art for many years but for the past several years, I rarely broke out my art supplies and created.  Earlier this year, I decided to do a series of collages/paintings – one for each chakra/energy center of the body. I have done two more of the chakra mandala paintings that I have not had a chance to post about yet. I loved being able to experiment with different techniques for each of the paintings. Doing these paintings regularly has really inspired me. In fact, this past month, I finally began the process of converting our home office into my art studio. Sorry, I got a bit long winded. My point is, I’ve been interested in altered art for a LONG time and I am just now getting into it. I look forward to participating in various altered art themes along with other blogging altered artists. Here is my submission for August:

Aug Dress




When I think of August I think of hot & steamy days and nights. I also think of the colors red and orange. I used these colors along with some origami paper to make this dress. I cut a toothpick in half and painted both ends to look like hair sticks. See some other submissions for August at Alice and Camilla.


Comments on: "Dress Up – August" (20)

  1. This is just right for Salsa dancing I think – very hot !
    Welcome to the dress challenge – I only dusted off my art things about a year ago too – having been inspired by all the creative blogs I found.

  2. Your dress is wonderful! I love the colours and it looks like it has so much movement in it! I look forward to seeing your other creations as the months unfold.

    Good luck with your home office to art studio conversion, that should be a lot of fun.

    • Thank you, Sherry! I just finished glazing and distressing my computer desk today. I just need to finish a few more projects until phase 1 (or I guess 1.5 – phase 1 was painting the room and redoing the floors) of the art studio conversion is complete.

  3. Debbie Peysen said:

    Your dress is so lovely. It looks perfect for summer. One would never know you are new to dress making. Good Luck.

    debbie p

    • Thank you so much, Debbie! I did have a lot of fun with this dress and am looking forward to participating the rest of this year. I think rather than catch up on the ones from earlier in the year, I will continue it through 2011 too.

  4. I love the definite Asian flair to this dress. The skirt is very original. Good luck with your art studio conversion, too.

  5. your dress is lovely , such lovely papers…. im the opposite, ive been doing red and orange as its cold here and i need warming up….jenxo

  6. This is wonderful, I can see the steam rising off it!

  7. Gorgeous colours and wonderful folded skirt! So glad you’ve decided to play along! Margaret

  8. lovely a summer party dress:)))

  9. Gorgeous dress really capturing the hot summer days of August, Love the origami papers

    Congrats on making studio space … it makes a difference to have a place to go and be able to create there

    • Thanks so much Patty. I am really enjoying my studio space. Ever since moving my art supplies back in, I have been in here almost nightly creating or experimenting with something.

  10. What a fun dress!

  11. LOve the colors you chose….it suits the blazing hot weahter we’ve been having in the south! Look foward to seeing what you do next!

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