For this week’s experimental portrait, I wanted to try something different by using black fabric. I thought that someone with light colored hair would really ‘pop’ off of a black background. I was contemplating people I really admire and I thought of the PERFECT subject, Iris Apfel!
If you are not familiar with her, I highly recommend the documentary about her life simply called IRIS. She is an artist and fashion icon well into her 90’s, a ‘geriatric startlet’ in her own words. If you google some images , you may even recognize her. She has a distinctive look, with oversized round glasses, chunky colorful jewelry, and fabulous clothing. What a delight to sew!
To get started, I printed a colorful picture of Iris on a light piece of fabric (cotton muslin).
Next I cut closely around her face and shoulders to see what she would look like on black fabric. I size my portraits to be framed in a six inch hoop.
Next I adhere Iris to the black fabric using heat and bond.
To apply the heat n bond, I cut a piece of the heat n bond to match the Iris piece of fabric. I matched the back side of the Iris piece to the shiny side of the heat n bond (not the paper side).
I ironed it on low to medium heat until they were bonded together. I peeled off the paper and there was a bondable surface which could be adhered to fabric.
I used the interfacing for the back of the black piece of fabric to add stability. I faced the textured side of the interfacing to the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric and ironed to bond them together.
Isn’t she fabulous! If this inspires you to watch her documentary, you won’t be disappointed. Her life is every bit as interesting as her look. A unique an wonderful human who carved her own path and still is. I want to be her when I grow up…..or how about now!
What a delight!
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