Shoot styled by UTS 4th year student Bec Glaser

my fav shot from her shoot

photography by http://www.kristinayenko.com/

featuring my brace lace up leather skirt and sheer beaded rib cage top from DANSE MACABRE

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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)

 

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.

I am becoming too “safe”

I think after agonizing and refining my drawings i am becoming a little boring out of fear/stress/tiredness. Time to look back on original inspiration and mentors and remind myself what this collection is all about, to get the spirit back!

Tao is one of my mentors because of her spontaneity and youthfulness. This collection of fall 09 has been saved on my computer for ages. It’s not my aesthetic exactly, but this designer obviously sticks to her original motive whilst pushing her ideas as far as she can with print, embellishment, volume and head to toe styling!!

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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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