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{ Locavore }

Added May 23, 2012

by misslivia

Ellensburg, Wash...






Recently, I was invited to participate in an collaborative art event called Locavore, hosted by the Kirkland Art Center. I was paired with a non-fashion artist who was a member of the KAC and together we were tasked of creating a garment that reflected our unique design aesthetics. The catch – we had to use a dropcloth from Home Depot to create the garment. This is the garment we created. The overdress is made from the dropcloth – washing it once and letting it go through a whole dryer cycle did wonders for softening it up!

We had decided to use one of Deborah Scott’s paintings (the artist collaborator) for the ‘underdress’ and then cut away the dropcloth to reveal the painting underneath. This was not appliqu, but required first planning out where the cut outs would go by drawing on the garment, then stitching over the lines and then carefully cutting away the top layer, being conscious not to cut through the second painting layer.

UPDATE: How-to on my blog!
sketches and detail pictures!

Material Notes

dropcloth (mixed fibers)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Other



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    Aug 15, 2012, 07.18 PMby Käsekosmonautin

    Amazing idea. One day I will try the same technique. Thank you for inspiration!

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    Jun 7, 2012, 05.41 PMby Petitemess

    This is amazing! Very good job!

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    Jun 5, 2012, 07.44 AMby thewallinna

    Amazing dress! I can only imagine the amount of work around it. But it’s so worth it :)

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    Jun 4, 2012, 08.28 PMby tspoon-1

    Love your work Olivia! And so nice to work with you…

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      Jun 4, 2012, 09.14 PMby misslivia

      You too! It was a bunch of fun!

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    Jun 4, 2012, 01.46 PMby Jodi Wade

    Work of art! Amazing!!

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    May 31, 2012, 12.11 AMby timtamz

    Wow it looks amazing! it must have been so much work

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    May 27, 2012, 07.39 AMby zora

    Love it. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I like how you used the reverse appliques technique for this dress. I think I need to buy some dropcoth too ;)

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    May 26, 2012, 07.14 PMby mlssfshn


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    May 26, 2012, 12.33 PMby barmaglot

    Wow! Incredible!

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    May 26, 2012, 11.29 AMby Gianna Ball

    You are a topstitching machine! Awesome work, really beautiful…

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    May 26, 2012, 01.10 AMby nishavinod2009

    What a wonderful idea! It is definitely wearable art! Simply great!

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    May 26, 2012, 12.27 AMby Timea Schmidt

    Holy smoke! This is one of the most fantastic dress i have seen! Beside being a big Home Depot fan, the artwork on this dress just make me want to run to my garage for some drop cloths:) Well done! Can’t wait for your how to blog. Happy B-day!

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    May 25, 2012, 08.00 PMby Adriana Orozco

    I really love your proyect!!! not only innovative, clever, usefull, but….wearable!!! just a clean line dress has been transformed into art!!! lovely!!!

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    May 25, 2012, 02.20 AMby poppykettle

    Love this! Great effect with the fabric applique too :)

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    May 24, 2012, 09.32 PMby Ali Daniels

    Also- happy birthday tomorrow! I turn 24 on Sunday :)

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    May 24, 2012, 09.26 PMby Ali Daniels

    This is incredible! You are very talented.

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    May 24, 2012, 05.59 PMby libra-s

    So unique and artistic!

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    May 24, 2012, 04.33 PMby mrsbrown

    This. Is. MAJOR! Love the creativity. So very smart. Beautiful…

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    May 24, 2012, 01.14 PMby libertyprint

    This is just beautiful

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    May 24, 2012, 07.48 AMby jadealamode

    wow! stunning dress!

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    May 24, 2012, 01.49 AMby zsyzu

    Very cool. One of the most unique garments I’ve seen in a long time. I love how you used unconventional cloth and how you were able to soften it up.

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    May 24, 2012, 01.40 AMby aurorabella


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    May 24, 2012, 01.30 AMby max

    Very futuristic! Lovin it!

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    May 24, 2012, 01.06 AMby schnui

    What an amazing dress. I love it and think you are so artistic. Well done.

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    May 23, 2012, 11.51 PMby MientjiB

    This is gorgeous – so clever to support the cut-outs with the underlayer! You’ve given me a great idea…

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