The body of this purse was made from cardboard and the handle from crocheted plastic bags.
The image comes from a dépliant from an Edward Hopper exhibiton in Rome.
My friend Alexandra gave me a bag of remnants that she, in turn, had gotten from a friend. I was moved by how each piece of fabric had been washed, ironed, and folded. Such reverence for something most people would have simply thrown away. True abundance comes not from quantity but from appreciation.
Because of COVID-19, this summer we will be forced to stay in Rome–something we don’t normally do. So we are not prepared for the hot weather here. Our bedspread is too heavy for summer temperatures. Searching for a substitute, I discovered an unfinished project stashed in a closet—a patchwork quilt using The Man’s old shirts, boxers, and jeans. Will it get finished this summer? I certainly hope so!
So why do I start projects that I don’t finish? One excuse: I have more ideas than time to actualize them.
I will not be active here for awhile due to the lockdown. If you are interested in knowing how I’m living the lockdown in Italy, please visit ART FOR HOUSEWIVES.
huipil dress made from recycled tablecloth and patchworked fabric
Sewing Space, La Sussurrata, Paros
What is a pleat other than a fold. And what is a fold other than the combination of order and flexibility.
Pleats have been around for a long time. They were around in ancient Egypt and continued to be used throughout history. Just think of Mary Stuart’s famous pleated collar, the Scottish kilt, and the Greek fustanella .
Textiles of the past were coarse and thus more difficult to fold. Now synthetic fabrics make pleating much easier for contemporary fashion designers. One such designer is Issey Miyake who loves pleats so much he’s even named a perfume in their honor.
But the most successful pleated dress of all times is that of Mariano Fortuny, the “Delphos” dress.
The son of a well-known Spanish artist, Fortuny was born in Granada in 1871. His family was wealthy enough to permit him to study and travel. At the age of 18, he moved permanently…
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