So this is what I wore to school today. It's kind of hard to explain, but this skirt is my English project. We had to create something or do a presentation that was inspired by a poem.
The poem that I chose is called Two Sewing by Hazel Hall...
The wind is sewing with needles of rain.
With shining needles of rain
It stitches into the thin
Cloth of earth. In,
In, in, in.
Oh, the wind has often sewed with me.
One, two, three.
Spring must have fine things
To wear like other springs.
Of silken green the grass must be
Embroidered. One and two and three.
Then every crocus must be made
So subtly as to seem afraid
Of lifting colour from the ground;
And after crocuses the round
Heads of tulips, and all the fair
Intricate garb that Spring will wear.
The wind must sew with needles of rain,
With shining needles of rain,
Stitching into the thin
Cloth of earth, in,
In, in, in,
For all the springs of futurity.
One, two, three.
I view this poem as essentially meaning "April showers bring May flowers". Seeing as how the poem involved a transformation, I thought that it would be apropos to create a reversible garment. I hand-dyed this side of the skirt using a spray dye. The shape and the different materials I used created a paper-bag silhouette.
And this is the other side!!! I hand-painted abstracted flowers on the other side with acrylic paint. I love how the striped shirt is the same exact color of the leaves in the pattern. It pulls together the chaos of the mis-matched prints. The paint is very thick and took forever to dry. However, I do like how the thickness of the fabric gives the skirt more of a shape. I kind of feel like I'm wearing a vinyl tablecloth.
Skirt, handmade. Top, The GAP. Necklace, second hand. Shoes, Aldo. Socks, Target. Bracelet, Forever 21. Flower, Forever 21.