This is my February 2019 contribution to our special project: When Fashion and Nature Collide
You had a preview of our very Valentine’s themed collection last week, on the 14th. My own new artwork contribution this month has been limited to the Heart/Strawberry so I thought I would go over that. Plus a couple of themed flowers!
Lisa, on the other hand, has been working away generating lots of new images and preparing all our work for the Threadless shop. Dominique has been generating ideas like crazy and organising having prototypes printed for modelling. It has been a busy month!
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style,, collages compiled by 3C Style & Lisa & artwork by Lisa. Photos of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau
Confession time. I had never heard of this plant before Dominique told me about it and found this photo. So the info below is gleaned from various sources rather than from personal experience. To be honest, the thing that I like most (apart from the model) about the above collage and outfit is that gorgeous red coat!
This is a tropical rainforest shrub from Central and South America and is now quite endangered. The actual flowers are in the white area between those two red bracts which resemble human lips, hence the common name ‘Hot Lips’. It can be cultivated given tropical conditions in a glasshouse. The flowers are fragrant and pollinated by butterflies, resulting in a blue berry being produced.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, 3CStyle photo by Annie Gaudreau. Strawberry Heart concept by 3C Style, drawn by Darren, Lettering by Lisa.
Artwork Copyright: ©Fashioned by Nature – LismorePaper, 3C Style and The ArtyPlantsman.
This used to be known as Dicentra spectabilis, or more commonly as ‘Bleeding Heart’. Originating from Asia this has been a very popular garden plant for generations and deservedly so. If anything, the pure white form is even more beautiful.
Often these are still regarded as belonging to the genus Dicentra, which in turn is closely allied to the Corydalis I featured last week.
I grow a number of other Dicentra. The white or pale pink D. canadensis, the similar D. cucullata and a few of the hybrids such as ‘King of Hearts’ and ‘Burning Hearts’ which are amongst those you can see here in my spring border, and which can sometimes be quite invasive:
This design was created by Lisa from another concept of Dominique’s. Lisa is great at giving new lives to my drawings by combining them with her own fantastic work. For the right hand heart Lisa used flowers extracted from my Moraea artwork, which has featured before but which you can see again here. This has now been scanned properly and I aim to have prints of this available as soon as my bank account magically refills after paying for my exhibition framing!
Sweet Heart – Strawberry art.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, 3CStyle photos by Annie Gaudreau. First collage by Lisa, others by 3C Style. Artwork Copyright: ©Fashioned by Nature – LismorePaper, 3C Style and The ArtyPlantsman.
I am very fond of this concept. I liked it even more when I saw the results of Dominique’s photo shoot. I could hear her laugh when I saw the picture with the pineapples!
Dominique had several ideas for this concept, all of which I liked. The wonders of digital image manipulation meant that I was able to potentially complete all the options.
I started with the middle, full, strawberry as this was common to each concept and gave me an anchor. After this I added the half, strawberry at the right.
At this point time was growing short so my next option was to take the quickest route so that Dominique could get her prototype T-shirt printed for the photo shoot. Lisa was already working on the lettering.
So what I did was to trace the outline of the middle strawberry onto another piece of paper, add leaves to it and scan this separately. Then it was a matter of digitally copying the middle strawberry to the left hand side and adding these leaves.
Then Lisa’s ‘Sweet Heart’ lettering was added for the T-shirt version you can see in the collage and on the 3C Style blog.
After this I returned to the original piece of paper and added a third image on the left hand side, based on another of Dominique’s ideas:
I rather like this version too and we are talking about offering it somehow, maybe as an art print?