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stained glass robe

Added Jan 14, 2012

by strawberryor...

St Albans, Unite...






My final piece for my A2 textiles project on glass!
The cut away sections at the front were inspired by the shapes of stained glass from my local cathedral.
The sleeve multi-coloured pleating/folding with organza was inspired by the amazing glass work of Dale Chihuly. The imagery of saints faces was all taken from stained glass panels and free-hand machine embroidered on the front and painted onto silk on the back. The rest of the back was largely done using image transfer paper and my own digitally manipulated photos of stained glass.
This has taken SO MANY HOURS but I’m so happy it’s done, I hope you like it…and that I get a good grade! ;)

(Oooh, and thanks to fiona for modelling!)

Material Notes

organza of many colours, bondaweb, threads, transfer paper, ‘gold’ foil, silk, silk paint, black cotton.


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Other
Cotton, Organza

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    Feb 2, 2012, 12.13 PMby fuchsiamagellenica

    I love this! I’ve just finished my textiles A2 project as well… it’s a good feeling :)

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      Feb 19, 2012, 08.28 PMby strawberryorange

      thanks! and I know, it sure is! what exam board are you on? We’re doing OCR so we’ve started our exam project now. All the best to you!
      Oh, and I like your 2-part dress project, just had a little peek :)

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    Jan 15, 2012, 02.43 PMby artepart

    Beautiful,I love it and if I was your teacher you would have got good grades.Succes.

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      Jan 15, 2012, 08.48 PMby strawberryorange

      Thanks! I’ve got an interview for an art/textile foundation course the week after next so I might take some pictures of it along with me!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 09.34 AMby buzzybee

    It’s art! You obviously put a huge amount of work into this garment and it shows! I think it’s fabulous and I’d be surprised if you didn’t get a good grade for it. While it is too fancy and sophisticated for every day wear, I love the cut and with a plain fabric it would make a classy coat to wear every day.

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      Jan 15, 2012, 08.47 PMby strawberryorange

      Thank you, it’s so encouraging to have positive feedback! and you’ve tempted me to make a more wearable version now…I made the basic pattern myself so cut it out in plain cotton initially just to check it hung right- so I may have to get it back out and finish it! :)

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