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Clotilde {Living Skirt Art}

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For our final Living Skirt Art of 2016 we chose a painting that forecasts the future.  Be sure to visit the other Living Skirt Art piece of art by guest poster, Teri from FaSewLa, linked at the end of this post.

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This month, we chose Clotilde by Louis Paul Dessar.  He was interested in art from a young age.  Born in Indiana in 1867, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York.  He became fascinated with French Landscape painting and moved to Giverny, France.  After marrying a fellow art student, living in France for 50 years, and spending his entire life painting, he returned to the United States where he died in Connecticut in 1952.

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Since Louis Paul Dessar favored an overall golden tone in his pictures, and normally painted later in the day, we tried very carefully to replicate that part in our Living Skirt Art piece today.  His love of light can be seen reflected in Clotilde where the light filtering through the filmy curtain plays with the plant shadows.  A pregnant woman knits something small, presumably for her expected child.

The skirt in our photo is this one made for Allegra years ago.  (Thankfully it has a wide elastic waistband!)  A little secret: it is being worn inside out because the lining was a closer match to the original photo than the printed reverse!

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In summary:

Painting: Clotilde

Artist: Louis Paul Dessar

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Chiffon Maxi Skirt Knock Off

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest.

Living Skirt Art series by Skirt Fixation

And now go visit Teri at FaSewLa to see and read about her fantastic Living Skirt Art recreation.  Isn’t her preview photo above so artistic in itself?  But you really need to see the art she is recreating!

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The Little Peasant Girl {Living Skirt Art}

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It’s time for our very popular Living Skirt Art series.  Be sure to visit our TWO guests (sneak peeks at the end of this post) for their fabulous works of living skirt art!  You will feel like you are walking through an art gallery!

Living Skirt Art Series by Skirt Fixation.  Check out all the art they've brought to life!When we first saw The Little Peasant Girl by Heinrich Hirt, we just had to bring it to life.  Annie is several years older than the little girl in the photo, but we just had to include this piece of art in our Living Skirt Art series.  As in the past, we fell in love with the lighting in this oil painting as well as the model.

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Heinrich Hirt mostly concentrated on children as his subjects, and walking through an exhibit of his paintings would feel like you were surrounded by childhood laughter and innocence.  Heinrich was born in Furth, Germany where his father owned a comb factory.  Art seemed to run in the family; his older brother Johann Christian Hirt was a sculptor and attended the Munich Academy of Art.  Heinrich settled in Munich and exhibited his work throughout Germany, primarily in Berlin, Munich and Dresden.

Girl's Jocole yoga a-line skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this month’s Living Skirt Art, I sewed Annie a much needed new skirt!  She’s grown so much over the summer that a new long knit skirt for fall was in order.  I used the Girl’s Jocole Yoga A-line skirt pattern and some basic chocolate colored knit fabric from JoAnn’s.  This shirt goes with several tops Annie has that she’s outgrown the matching skirts to, like this Family Reunion top by Oliver+S (details here.)

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In Summary:

Painting: The Little Peasant Girl

Artist: Heinrich Hirt

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Girl’s Jocole A-line yoga skirt

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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And now treat yourself with a visit to see Farrah at Mingo and Grace to see the well known artwork she’s brought to life.

Living Skirt Art by Mingo & Grace

Also, you don’t want to miss Emi from Just Add Fabric‘s creation.  You’ll want to read about her Living Skirt Art using a very special artist to her family.

Living Skirt Art by Just Add Fabric

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Fashion Illustration by Kelly Smith {Living Skirt Art}

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Today is the next installment in our Living Skirt Art Series!  It’s a crowd favorite, and we don’t like to disappoint you all, so…  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post for a sneak peak from Ajaire from Call Ajaire who is playing along with us this month.

Only once before in our Living Skirt Art series have we chosen to bring an illustration with a skirt in it to life.  All the other times we’ve chosen to bring paintings to life.  But illustrations, and specifically fashion illustrations are so prevalent, and in many cases, very, very good, that we just had to bring one to life today.

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Fashion illustrations usually aren’t titled like paintings are.  When you start digging, the focus is as much on the artist as on the illustration.  Kelly Smith is an Australian Illustrator, working predominantly in fashion and beauty.  She has an impressive client list from Armani to Valentino!  For her approach she uses graphite pencil for 90 per cent of the work.  After scanning the drawing in, she adds colour and tweaks the image using Photoshop. Since she uses Photoshop, we had to stay true to the artist and use Photoshop to play around with our image as well.

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This fashion illustration has two skirts, as you’ve probably noticed.  Aria’s skirt is a hand me down from a good friend.  It’s very good quality, from a company called Meadow Rue.  It has tons of hand embroidered details, inside and out.

Allegra’s skirt is a recent “thrift store score” and she absolutely loves it!  If she’d found it in a retail store she’d probably have bought one in every color.  As it is, she’s asked me to make her a few more, but I’m having trouble sourcing a pre-pleated fabric.  If you know of one, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave the source in the comments.

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In Summary:

Fashion Illustration

Artist: Kelly Smith (check out her website here: http://www.birdyandme.com.au/)

Models: Allegra & Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirts: Meadow Rue & thrifted pleated maxi.

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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Also, go visit Call Ajaire for your next art viewing experience in our Living Skirt Art series.  Do you recognize which piece of art her adorable Bean is portraying?

Call Ajaire Living Skirt Art Bean as Girl On Beach

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Hanging Out Linen {Living Skirt Art}

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Today everyone’s favorite skirt series, Living Skirt Art, is back for it’s monthly appearance.  We just love recreating works of art with a skirt in them.  What is SO VERY special about today’s Living Skirt Art installment is that we’ve got not one, but two special guest bloggers creating living skirt art with us!  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a couple of sneak peeks.

The artist featured in today’s Living Skirt Art recreation is Charles Courtney Curran.  He was born in 1861 in Hartford Kentucky and raised in Ohio.  He studied art in New York.  He showed his work publicly for almost 30 years.  Then he studied in Paris for 2 years under fellow Impressionist Jules Lefebvre.  Upon returning to the U.S. he settled in New York and began teaching art.  Later in life, he also began to teach at Cragsmoor, a summer art center.  He died in 1942.  Even today his works of art can be found in museums and Art Institutes around the world.

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This piece of art, Hanging Out Linen is one of several he did with ladies hanging laundry as the main subject.  In each of them the play of lighting and shadows is incredible.   It is an oil on canvas, originally painted in 1887.  And it’s almost life size at 54” tall by 30” wide.

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The hardest thing about recreating Hanging Out Linen was recreating the lighting.  We decided that artist take creative liberties with lighting and color that cameras just can’t recreate!  So we’ve done our best and you’ll have to forgive the imperfections.  Do you recognize the skirt?  It’s one from our most recent All The Skirts series with Megan Nielsen and Imagine Gnats; the Brumby Skirt.

Horizontal Hanging Out Linen

In Summary:

Painting: Hanging Out Linen

Artist: Charles Courtney Curran

Model: Audrey

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Megan Nielsen Brumby Skirt in champagne double gauze blogged here.

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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And now go visit Michelle over at Falafel and the Bee to see and read about her Living Skirt Art recreation.  This sneak peek is of the “before” and we’re sure you are familiar with the “after,” it’s a VERY famous piece of art by a very famous artist!

Living Skirt Art with Paisley Roots

Also we have Karly from Paisley Roots with another Living Skirt Art representation.  You may not be as familiar with this piece of skirt art, but you DEFINITELY should not miss Karly’s recreation!

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Days End {Living Skirt Art}

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We seem to be on a streak of recreating modern art for our Living Art Series.  Today we have a beautiful painting by Sheri Dinardi called Days End. Also, Ana from Analog has recreated a painting.  Don’t miss the teaser photo of her beautiful recreation at the end of this post.

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Days End is an oil painting on linen.  When this painting first grabbed our eye, it was a combination of the lighting and the amazing hair on the model that stood out.  In our home, Aria has magnificent hair, and we hoped we would be able to turn it into the star of some Living Skirt Art.

Sheri Dinardi lives in rural Oregon which inspires her paintings.   An interesting aside, Sheri’s favorite artist workshop she ever attended was held by Dan Gerhartz, who’s painting we brought to life last month!  To enjoy more art by Sheri Dinardi, visit her website here.  She prefers to paint from light because of the “nuances of light and shade, warm and cool as the light falls over the subject. These effects are simply not recorded with cameras.”  We found this to be very, very true when we were recreating Days End.  The lighting and position of the model (Aria) had to be just right.  And then the camera was woefully inadequate at capturing what our eyes were feasting on!

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Here’s a little skirt story about a skirt in the photo.  There are actually 2 skirts in our recreation, the tiered denim skirt Aria is wearing and the wool one draped around her waist.  This is a skirt we made several years ago from wool, but the moths attacked it and left their calling cards.  So we cut it up the side seam and used it for a photo prop!

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In Summary:

Painting: Day’s End

Artist: Sheri Dinardi

Model: Aria

Photography: Audrey

Skirt: Thrift store denim maxi skirt.

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To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. And now go visit Ana over at Analog for another beautiful Living Skirt Art experience.

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Her Favorite Place {Living Skirt Art}

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of beautiful painting by Daniel F. Gerhartz.  Usually we turn to the masters of long ago for inspiration for our Living Skirt Art series.  But today, our featured artist is still living.  Daniel F. Gerhartz was born in Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three children.  He started drawing as a teenager.  Daniel F. Gerhartz uses subjects and settings that allow him to capture light, color, mood and emotion as only a talented artist can.  If you’d like to see more of his work, visit his website here.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

His paintings have been described as commanding, and the one we chose to bring to life today is certainly that!  This painting is titled Her Favorite Place.  The colors and lighting are stunning!

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

The story behind the skirt we used is this: Allegra was gifted a skirt, but it shrunk in the wash.  Being that it was the only skirt the right color for today’s post, it was rather fortunate there was an apron over the skirt as Aria had to pull it down quite far on her hips to make it the right length!

On another note, this little stream in the woods is a quiet place Aria likes to go sometimes, very appropriate for this living art interpretation.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

In Summary:

Painting: Her Favorite Place

Artist: Danile F. Gerhartz

Model: Aria

Photography & Photoshop: Audrey

Skirt: Green (used to be) maxi skirt.

Her Favorite Place by Daniel Gerhartz, brought to life by Skirt Fixation

To see all the other works in our Living Skirt Art series, click here.  As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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Best Friends {Living Skirt Art}

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Your favorite skirt series is back today with a living interpretation of darling painting by Johann Wilhelm Schutze. After you have enjoyed our Living Skirt Art, be sure to visit Melissa at Rebel and Malice and Jessica at Lil Luxe Collection this month’s guest contributors, and see which pieces of skirt art they chose to replicate. You won’t be sorry you did! (Sneak peeks at the end of the post.)

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This month we have chosen another artist from long ago.  Johann Wilhelm Schutze was a German painter and University professor. Unlike many poor, unknown painters, he was a favorite in his time. He loved painting pastoral scenes with youth in them. His paintings are very realistic, like the one we are bringing to life today.

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Best Friends shows a little girl pampering her kitten. If this painting doesn’t make you say awww, you must have no heart! We happen to have a little kitten Allegra adopted that looks almost identical to the kitten in Best Friends. Although I’ve always had a “no pets in the house rule” this kitten spent the first several months of it’s life snuck into the house nearly every day or night in one way or another! This little kitten, named Malachiah, loved sitting on Annie’s lap, drinking up fresh goat’s milk from a china saucer. Aria was close at hand to refill the saucer…several times!

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In Summary:

Painting: Best Friends

Artist: Johann Wilhelm Schutze

Model: Annie

Photography: Audrey with help from Aria

Skirt: Audrey’s childhood poodle skirt

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As always, check out our Skirt Art (Paintings) and Skirt Art (Illustrations) boards on Pinterest. Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

Now prepare yourself because here’s your sneak peek and link to Melissa’s living skirt art.

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And here is your stunning sneak peek of Jessica from Lil Luxe Collection’s living skirt art:

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Autumn Leaves: Living Skirt Art

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We have decided to post another Living Skirt Art number.  This series has become a favorite on Skirt Fixation!

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This one is called ‘Autumn Leaves’, and is by Marsh Lambert, a little-known 1930’s children’s book author and illustrator.  We used this particular illustration because it was a windy day and Annie had been playing outside, so we knew it wouldn’t be difficult to get her posed like we wanted.  I love the vintage cuteness of the illustration, and the little girl in the original illustration is so adorable!  Of course Annie doesn’t have that chubby toddler look anymore, but we think we got a pretty good replica.

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Annie had a little blue skirt that matched the illustration to a ‘t’, as well as a little button up shirt with the exact collar shape of the one in the illustration.  The blue skirt was one that she had actually outgrown, and Aria contributed a shirt that, with rolled up sleeves, served as a sweater.  That was funny because, until we pinned and rolled, we had a little bit too tight skirt and little bit too big sweater!  We had a little trouble getting as close as we could to the original illustration because big brother, who was supposed to be tossing the leaves into the skirt, had problems with aiming due to the wind.  Also, Annie would try to catch the leaves, accidentally going out of her pose. In the end, though, we got pretty close!  One of the difficult things about posing little people is that they don’t keep the image of what they’re supposed to look like in their heads, so you have to constantly keep reminding them ‘keep your head up’, or ‘Don’t put your arms down’!  It’s really fun to show Annie the after photos though, and have her just marvel at how close they are to the original!

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In summary:

Illustration: Autumn Leaves

Artist: Marsh Lambert

Model: Annie

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: Dark blue tiered from Annie’s closet

Feel free to peruse our skirt art boards (we have two now!) on Pinterest here and here, and let us know which piece of art we should bring alive next.

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The Playful Kitten: Living Skirt Art

The Playful Kitten ~ Living Skirt Art

It is so fun making the ‘replicas’ of art! We call it Living Skirt Art, and it’s kind of like doing art backward!  We have a Skirt Art board over on Pinterest where we keep a running collection of all kinds of art with a skirt in it.  It’s very inspirational.

The Playful Kitten

While searching through our skirt art board we found a painting by Leo Malempre who lived in the late 1800s. It is called The Playful Kitten, an oil painting on canvas. Leo Malempre painted portrait and figures. His father was also an artist, working in sculpture. Leo exhibited at the Royal Academy for over 20 years! All of his paintings that we’ve seen are very realistic (and awesome to bring to life!)

The Playful Kitten ~ Living Skirt Art

The shirt Annie is wearing came from Belarus, and is pinned in a few places to make it fit her. For the skirt, Annie used her Josephine skirt. We made a whole Josephine outfit, but only the skirt was needed for this Living Skirt Art. We didn’t have a kitten, so we used our cat that matched best. Her name is Chiggers, named after an especially itchy bug when Thomas (who named her) got bit by a lot the year she was born. Chiggers is a long-hair tortoiseshell cat. For a while, she lived with someone in town, and Thomas wasn’t especially happy about that! Her new owner returned her to us because they claimed that she was eating all the birds and squirrels. (Isn’t that what cats are supposed to do?) Thomas was really happy to have her back.  She is also probably our most playful cat!

Chiggers

Anyway, for the photo shoot, Chiggers had to be bribed to stay on the chair with a little bit of cat food! Several times she decided to make a hasty exit, and had to be convinced to stay in place by Aria with more food!

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In summary:

Painting: The Playful Kitten

Artist: Leo Malempre

Model: Annie

Photography: Allegra

Skirt: The Josephine Skirt

Any suggestions on which piece of skirt art we should be inspired by next?

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