This year I was invited to collaborate on a Red Dress for the Heart and Stroke foundation's Red Dress Gala with local designer Michelle Duncan. (If you remember, I collaborated on the same project last year with Adrienne Goodine. See last years dress here.)
This year was no exception, the silk had to be better than ever and had to stand out beside all the other great dresses. Last year I spent weeks hand painting my signature roses onto silk for Adrienne's dress. How was I ever going to match that!?
I have wanted to dye an ombre fabric for a really long time, however although that sounds like an easy pattern, getting a steady gradation of colour onto fabric when your space is limited and you don't have all of the proper tools if very challenging. I decided however that if my fabric for Michelle's dress was going to be everything I wanted and more that I had to at least try.
As per usual my silk painting took over my living space and Ryan had to suppress his annoyance and frustration every time he maneuvered around the massive frame in order to sit on the couch and watch power rangers. lol.
Since my frame and living room floor are only so big, I can only hand paint about one and a half to two meters of silk at a time. Michelle needed five meters so this meant I had to paint the fabric in sections. This unfortunately resulted in a few lines in between the sections once the silk was finished but I am hoping that Michelle's dress design will mask that.
After I finally finished painting the five meters of silk (about 20 times) Nathanael Patirquin, Addie Van Rijin and I decided to have a photo-shoot with the long flowing fabric before it was cut up and sewn into something beautiful. The photo above is the fabric right before it got into Michelle's hands for her Red Dress.
My mom and I headed to Moncton to watch the fashion show and other festivities. There was a red carpet, beautiful pole dance by Christine Johnson and music by Steven Page from the Bare-naked ladies. The venue was decorated beautifully and was covered in a sea of black, white, and of course RED. The MC (who is one of the top 5 heart surgeons in the province) was absolutely hilarious and really made the night so much more enjoyable. We left a tad early and drove home in the pouring rain with visions of next years Red Dress Designs dancing in our heads.
Thank you Michelle for including me in your beautiful design! I can't wait to see what you do next year!!!