Media – Karen Torrisi Beading Website

http://www.karentorrisibeading.com.au/portfolio/stephanie-caltibiano-uts-graduate-2011

Follow the link to see my work on Karen Torrisi’s Website

I was lucky to work with Karen, she is an amazing beading queen who made my crazy idea for a skeleton ribcage beaded top possible (shown below is a back view of the completed garment)

 

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Media – Oroton Blog

http://www.theorotonblog.com/2011/12/uts-fashion-preview-show-2011.html

 

click on the link to see a selection of images from the UTS Preview Show 2011,

I was excited to see someone had taken a quick snap of my shoes from my collection backstage! and included it on the blog. YAY

the shoes are embellished with custom made ceramic mosaic ‘buttons’ that I had stitched onto the shoe, all the buttons are unique and the imagery comes from

my interpretation of the Frida Kahlo story. Thanks to Wendy for helping me with these 🙂

portfolio


These are a couple of recent images taken for my portfolio. Thanks to Michael from http://www.iheartdesign.com.au for taking the shoot on at such late notice, its appreciated!!

Both pieces shown are from second year. the bodice is designed to exhibit the hand bead work on the neck, the shape was inspired by the Metropolis movie and past images of the imagined future.

The second piece is a dress that i designed for Mary Brown’s embroidery and beading subject. The applique piece was a painting that i did with watercolours directly to the backing fabric, and all the beading was hand done. It was selected for exhibition and was on display at the Embroiderers Guild.

I think the most interesting part of these images is that you can see the direct relationship to where i am today. These two pieces were strong examples of my development of my interests. I find myself now working towards embroidery, painting and imaginative shapes, my collection reflects the utilization of these skills.

Braces and brackets

At the moment I am obsessed with trying to convey the idea of orthopedic devices in my work. Frida was burdened with wearing a back brace/ torso brace and leg braces throughout her life as she battled illness which led to operations and the eventual amputation of some of her leg. However, until she died, these burdens did not hold her back… As she said famously ‘who needs feet when you can fly?’

After having the flu since Sunday and struggling to get any work done at such a crucial time, my muse is the perfect motivation to help me push on.

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Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress


Frida’s wardrobe is a source of infinite inspiration. I am looking at the book ‘Self Portrait In a Velvet Dress’, it shows detailed images of Kahlo’s personal items and garments. My collection will have elements of the traditional Mexican dress, and also Frida’s way of accessorizing in an eclectic way and putting together unexpected items.

The look is a collection headdresses, layering, pattern on pattern, embroidery, heavy skirts, elaborate jewellery and a homage to her own personal story…

i reccomened purchasing this book http://www.amazon.com/Self-Portrait-Velvet-Dress-Fashion/dp/0811863441