Violetta

 

Violetta
Violetta

Violetta took shape from the feet up. I made her at the same time as Constance and Fifi and decided to give her similar long pointed feet.  Instead of stitching her toes, I embroidered red shoes, another one of my fixations, then let her character build up from there.

Violetta
Violetta

I love the story of The Red Shoes and all it’s variations (Violetta’s shoes were originally much brighter but dip dying them in red wine dulled them down to a deep blood red).

Violetta's red shoes
Violetta’s red shoes

The original version of the story is a cautionary tale of the dangers of pride and vanity but I prefer the later (or possibly earlier) interpretations of it where the shoes are a metaphor for the passions, drives and longings that will tear us apart if we don’t find a way to live with them in a balanced way.

I spent almost an entire week stitching and embroidering the red silk shoes in my Stitch gallery, and it became a full on compulsion until they were finally finished.

Silk and stitches
Silk and stitches
Violetta
Violetta
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8 thoughts on “Violetta

  1. Oh I have just discovered you! Have had an amazing morning poking about looking through your blog. Beautiful and very inspiring, your work has a fragility and thoughtful delicacy that has left me a little stunned. Thank you.

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