week 3 – ‘Sew your own Geza Voros’
After hours of research it had to be the Voros.
But in the end I had to make a garment that I could and would wear.
Granted, I hadn’t even heard of Geza Voros before last week. I even had trouble remembering his name for a few days (on Sunday he was Gesaz Voro; on Monday, Gezas Voroz; on Tuesday, Gesa Voroz…) . But, now I can get my tongue round his name, I’ve become a real advocate of his painting. Or, at least of one of them –
Elegantly elongated. Bold blocks of colour. And it looked the easiest dress to make.
So(sew) I started.
I bought –
- 1 metre of red material (approximate cost £4 from ‘Fabricland’)
- red thread
- 1 button
After many attempts ( and I courageously bare my soul and share my sewing failures with you) –I eventually turned to the you-tube tutorial on how to sew a scalloped hem. I don’t think they’ll be parading me as their finest pupil, but, the fact that it didn’t resemble a coxcomb by the time I’d finished watching it was good enough for me. Which is more than I can say for my second freehand attempt.
My final version still isn’t perfect but it’s certainly better than some of my earlier efforts –
And so, I present to you a modern take (that means I’ve made it into a top and the only similarity with the Voros is the colour…) on ‘Woman in Red’ –
And I’ve allowed myself quite a generous helping of artistic licence .
Red. The first artist that came to mind was Frida Kahlo. Don’t know why. I felt sure that Frida would have painted a red dress somewhere but I just couldn’t find it. In fact, if Frida had had her ‘colours done’ (!) red would have featured. Probably. And so, in a spirit of artistic ‘entente cordiale’, and dressing Frida in the red that would have suited her so well , I have put together my very own ‘When Geza Met Frida’ outfit –
- red √
- inspired by Geza Voros √
- explicit visual reference to Frida Kahlo √
- textile Frida wears red √
My third Sew Arty challenge has been a sort-of success.
Although more of an interpretation of the Voros than a slavish replica, it certainly is wearable and has given my Frida skirt a new lease of life. Two out of three ain’t bad.