Friday, August 21, 2015

Peony Part 2 : Costuming

It all started with this piece of Chinese silk brocade...Peony.

As you know I love the art within the Chinese world...especially the very very old...ancient.

I have been fortunate to have visited the Forbidden City years ago...before I had studied this art so thoughtfully...with my heart. Have you been somewhere and knew that it was already apart of your soul? 

When I look at this ancient Chinese architecture...well, really, it is more than just a overall study, it is an absorption, soaking up, assimilating, ingesting I am trying to find something that is just almost within reach...I love this study. My heart thumps...loudly.

And since this so sings to my soul and I devour the beauty, I would like to share with you how this translates into my work. One of the things that fascinates me about the Chinese culture is the many, many layers that it holds...

I will compare the images next to each other so you can see the connection!


Images from the Forbidden City
If we look at one of the buildings from afar it looks very linear. Everything lined up neatly in a row.

If we start to zoom in on those rows we can start to see a blossoming of the many layers that balance and live harmoniously side by side.

Tile Roof

still linear all neatly in a row but some details starting to appear...
I interpret this in the gathered skirt with cross stitch embroidery detail.

closer still and we can start to see very complicated but balanced details
 This comes through in the jacket with the silk brocade edging out from beneath.

Lattice Work

The Chinese have the most exquisite lattice work I have ever seen.

 Ancient Chinese Garden Window
by Y. Peter Li Photography


And so my own questions...

Is it an unconscious choice in choosing this art?
How do I intuitively understand this correlation?

I choose to believe that it has always been 

with me and I found a way to express it.

I am thrilled that I can share it with you.


  1. via email:
    Once again, Leslie, you make me smile at the exquisite details of this wee girl. Your attention to detail, and your ability to put your imagination and memories into your creations is unparalleled.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with those of us who only dream.

  2. Oh, Leslie! This was WONDERFUL, and I continue to learn so much each time I read your blogs...although "blog" just doesn't seem to be an elegant enough word for what you write!

  3. The picture of the roof and following close up is so interesting. I agree with both of the previous comments. I hope I learn from your blog and look at the world details with just a faction of what you see. Of course your latest is fabulous.

  4. I have often looked to God's own artistic renderings for inspiration. looking at tree covered mountains, especially the Appalachians and just blurring my eyes and seeing........broccoli? . .... when I lived in Monterey Ca I would drive by the fields of wonderful vegetables , too busy to see their artistic wonderfulness. ......the mystery of God's are a proper agent.....marty


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