dressing a chair

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I visited an antique shop and left with an arm chair, free of charge. The shop was closing down and the owner was happy to get rid of the furniture.

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She also had fabric for sale which was perfect for dressing an arm chair. So without previous experience I decided to try to change the fabric.

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I used a needle for sewing in leather. Every single stitch was a struggle.

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Despite the struggle I am glad I tried, and I will probably do it again.

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art inspired by icons

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Light is caught in the net in one of the large paintings by artist Ludmila Pawlowska. Today the exhibition Icons in transformation / Ikoner i förvandling in the church of Gottsunda in Uppsala opened, the colours blue and gold are dominating the room.

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In the middle the artist has built a huge crown of thorns, the symbole for suffering is the heart of the exhibition.

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But the suffering does not stand alone, it is surrounded by eyes, gold and fragments of doors.

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Ludmila Pawlowska began painting work of art inspired by icons after the death of her mother.  She visited russian friends, churches and talked to priests about her loss. Everywhere she met eyes looking at her – the silent, motionless, warm gaze of the icons followed her.

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I am searching the light, Ludmila Pawlowska says.

The gold signifies the light, the mercy of God. In many of her paintings Ludmila Pawlowska integrates artefacts such as iron parts from old wooden doors.

The work of art reminds us to keep on struggling towards the light, and the light will shine towards us.

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Westwood and McQueen

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My checked dress in a slightly more 1950´s style turned out pretty nice!

I used a fabric bought in Chicago and a pattern from Vintage Patterns Bazaar at FB. I didn’t want to cut buttonholes in the fabric, instead I applied nine hooks and eyes – seven at the front and one for each arm.

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There are plenty of details in the dress: darts and top stitches and I had a tight deadline. The dress almost ended up thrown into a corner…

I love details! That was why I choosed hooks and Eyes. That was why I started to cry when visiting the exhibition Savage Beauty showing the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen at V&A Museum in London last year. Exquisite!

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The dress is a tribute to fashion designer Alexander McQueen and the fabulous fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. I love her wild passion!

 

Looking for a calm 2016

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Calmness and creativity are my wishes for 2016. Last year was a “oh, dear year” for the World and for me. Our move to Uppsala was a big change, work was a challenge and I was rather tired.

But I managed to finish my blue dress after a big set back :) My mother had a look at the stiches in the collar and her judgment was tough: no, no, no, all is wrong. After plenty of corrections the dress turned out Lovely! (Sorry about the wrinkles…)

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I used the pattern Mc’Call 7849, bought through the marvellous Group Vintage Patterns Bazaar at Face book.

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And I have cut a new dress! More 1950’s which is totally different in my wardrobe. The pattern is Simplicity 1685.

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I also hope to cut a top in black thick velvet, the UK-Magazine Vintage Life Magazine has been a true inspiration. I found a wonderful 1930’s style top and I just have to have it!

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2016-01-01 12.37.18 I wish you all a Happy New Vintage Year!

 

 

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