Costumes :: Snow Queen

 Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.  -- Lewis Grizzard 

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn. 
-- Lewis Grizzard 

Last summer during a blistering heat wave, I made a garment inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Snow Queen."  The top is knit from Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour®.  It's a lovely yarn to work with and adds this gorgeous shimmer that shifts with the light - perfect for my Snow Queen Dress. Having recently invested in a large die cutter, I decided to put it to the test.  I cut a 100+ cardboard snowflakes which I then embellished.  Naturally, no two snowflakes are the same.  I painted, rubber stamped and colored with pencil and pen. I glued on sequins, wrapped threads and added small sparkling stickers.  The skirt (originally the underskirt to a bridal dress) became an experiment in how far I could push a mixed media approach.  

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I finally got around to getting the work professionally photographed.  Larry Sanders is a genius at photography. He knows exactly how to light my work to capture it at the best possible vantage.  It was a big photo shoot lasting nearly 8 hours as I had so much work to be photographed.  I love being able to step back and take a more neutral look at what I've created.  

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These same snowflakes would make a great garland for the mantel or as ornaments to decorate a Christmas tree.