This is my first post on my new blog! I am excited to show you a picture I have saved up for this very event - the latest photo to come out of my art project Bad Bitches.
It won't be part of the 'official' series due to the lack of iconography - you may see it as a 'biproduct' from our second shooting, but in the end we put a LOT of work into the postproduction, particularly Crystal did and I like it a lot! I will tell you more about our Bad Bitches project and it's participants in the near future.
The shooting took place in january 2015 and it was a lot of fun - I can't praise our model, Ita - it's art, enough! She was incredible; I'm tempted to say "as usual", but she was even better. She brought my imagination to life, resembling Jean-Marc Nattiers sitters like no-one I have ever seen! It was our second "let's try something", and last set of the day. Jasmin is a very capable make-up artist, so she did her own make-up. I did her hair and Crystal improved my work in photoshop.
The idea was to play with a theme sometimes seen in portraits, that often confuses people today: A sitter pours a hot beverage into her saucer. Why is she doing that? Back in the 18th century people weren't used to hot tea or coffee, it was believed to be harmful. The usual way to cool it down was to pour it into the saucer and drink it from there! It sounds funny today but was considered perfectly reasonable back then.
We were inspired by Louis-Marin Bonnet's print The Woman Taking Coffee, 1774. Our photograph was never meant to copy Bonnet's work, but is inspired by its aesthetics. Yes, we used make-up as well as photoshop to slightly adjust Jasmin's skintone, but we didn't change the features of her face. She is a natural beauty and looks picture-perfect in real life.
|Louis-Marin Bonnet The Woman Taking Coffee, 1774, Harvard Museum object number M23100, http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/art/262060|
The gown was made in July 2015 and is entirely handsewn. I made it for a reenactment event, it's an english dress from the 1770s - I call it my 'maidservant' dress. I plan to publish a post about this dress, but for now a short summary will do: it's designed to resemble something a young maidservant might have sewn for herself: it's an affordable version of the fashionable dress a lady would wear! The rose-coloured fabric I used is cheap linen instead of a much more expensive silk, and I added a ruffle
because I love ruffles so much because I made a mistake and had horrible, large, non-historical stains in the calf region... Please be aware this dress should be considered as speculation within historical boundaries, I can't prove that a gown like this existed or was worn the way I do. Nonetheless it's perfect for being presentable on hot summer days, and it works well for photos, too. I prefer wearing it with my checked apron!
Please excuse the bad pictures - I never managed to take a decent shot while I was wearing the dress! The hem that folded over was fixed after these pictures, and as a bonus you can "see" my boyfriend Paul Jonas ;)
The first time I wore the gown was at a reenactment event in Fulda, Germany. It was very, very hot, at least 35°!
The accessoires, a lace handkerchief and an embroidered apron, are precious items from my personal wardrobe. The apron was a generous gift from Gundi from my friends from Thursday's child and the handkerchief was my birthday present for myself; I found it in one of my favourite vintage stores, Trisha Leonard in Munich.
The cup is most likely a historical piece, mid-18th century as the owner, my best friend Stef (you may know him als Zeitenwanderer) told me - here you can see his blogpost! We edited the cup into the picture because we didn't like the one used during the shoot in the postproduction. If you know more about Stef's cup than we do: please don't hesitate to tell us!
EDIT: I was told the cup is actually from the 19th century! I will look it up and tell you when I know more.
Pictures stolen from Stef's blog
I hope you enjoyed my first post and that I can win you as a regular reader - I plan to publish a post about my current, past and future sewing, art or research projects every wednesday from now on. Please spread the word and support my work by sharing this post!