As a stay-at-home mother, let me just tell you: teachers are not paid nearly enough!
Today I wanted to touch a bit on the "African" part of my African inspired angel paper doll.
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While wandering around the supermarket many (many, many, many!!) times this holiday season, I saw clementines everywhere. Clementines just happen to be the only citrus fruit I genuinely like, so this is a good season for me. I dunno what the deal is with oranges and Christmas, but that's ok.
Today's dress was inspired by clementines and a dress on Pinterest.
Don't talk to me about the practicality of a cape & wings. I don't really care. It was a GORGEOUS dress and I wanted to do it and that's that!
I also wanted to do something that represented wax prints. That's an article all about wax printing and it's worth a read. Basically the Dutch saw batik in Indonesia, developed their own (inferior) batik method and dropped it off in western Africa where it gained a following. There's an intricate history of motifs & styles that I didn't really dive into. Instead, I created a stylized clementine and make a pattern with that. I also fiddled with patterns & blend modes until I got some of the variation that is the hallmark of wax prints.
Three days til the end of this project! I'm happy to wrap it up but it's been a fun one & I'll miss it, too.