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.
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).
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.
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Is Violetta available?
Yes she is Linda! I’ll email you some details 🙂
Thank you 🙂
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.
Your beautiful comment has left me a little stunned too! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words 🙂
Is Violetta still available ? Will she on your etsy shop tonight ? Your work is great and fantastic. I love it.
Hi, thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 Violetta has already been sold, but her sister Camille will be for sale next month.