chiaroscuro

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EN: I like the dramatic effect of the so-called chiaroscuro technique and all the possible symbolism that it may imply. That technique shows the light and the darkness in naked, primal contrast and conflict, but at the same time as the forces that both, jointly constitute existence. Not only is the being in contrast to the darkness of the background, but the dark and light are used to create the fullness of being itself. Something much more complex than the contrast comes from that view of the world embodied in this technique. At the same time, it is like the being is made of light, almost as if it is the light source itself, but also as that light is to show how much the being is made of the darkness, too. The light is what creates shadows.

I got this fabric from my friend for the birthday a year or two ago. (These are now the best gifts I can get!) I would never buy that fabric as I wouldn’t even noticed it at all, but I was inspired when I once had it. I think this was the first real dress I’ve ever made (that is not made of some stretch fabric that you just pull on). Now, of course, it would be technically much more perfect, but then it was a big thing for me, considering the fact that I drafted the pattern myself and still had the old sewing machine. The dress had its lining that was similar in color to the brown details, but it has shrunk (the golden rule I began to obey only after several accidents: Always wash your fabric before sewing!). The lining my sister is wearing is not adequate one as the dress sticks to it, but it excellently served the purpose of the photographs because her whole figure got lighter. That helped me to, at least partly, achieve the effect of the conflict of light and darkness in their eternal interweaving.

SR: Svidja mi se dramatičnost takozvane chiaroscuro tehnike i sveg simbolizma koji ona može da implicira. Svetlost i tama se tu prikazuju ogoljeno, u iskonskom kontrastu i sukobu, a u  isto vreme i kao sile koje udruženo tvore egzistenciju. Nije biće samo u konstrastu sa tamom pozadine, već se tamno i svetlo koriste da bi se ostvarila punoća samog bića. Nešto mnogo složenije od konstrasta proizilazi iz pogleda na svet, koji se oličava u ovoj tehnici. U isto vreme, biće kao da je sazdano od svetlosti, skoro kao da je sam izvor svetlosti, ali i kao da ta svetslost postoji da pokaže koliko je, u stvari, napravljeno i od tame. Svetlost je ta koja stvara senke.

Ovaj materijal mi je poklonila drugarica za rođendan pre godinu, dve. (To su sad najbolji pokloni koje mogu da dobijem!) Nikad sama sebi ne bih kupila ovaj materijal, ne bih ga primetila uopšte, ali me je inspirisao kad sam ga jednom imala pred sobom. Mislim da je ovo bila prva prava haljina koju sam napravila (da nije neka uska od rastegljivog materijala koja se samo navuče na telo). Sad bi, naravno, bila tehnički mnogo savršenija, ali tad je to ipak bila velika stvar za mene, s obzirom da sam kroj sama crtala i da sam još uvek imala staru šivaću mašinu. Haljina je imala svoju postavu slične boje kao ovi braon detalji, ali se ona skupila (zlatno pravilo kog sam ja počela da se pridržavam tek posle više nezgoda: uvek operite materijal pre nego što počnete da šijete!). Postava koju moja sestra nosi nije adekvatna jer se haljina lepi za nju, ali je izvrsno poslužila na fotografijama da njena figura celokupno bude svetlija i da bar donekle postignem taj efekat sukoba svetlosti i tame u njihovom večitom preplitanju.

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3 thoughts on “chiaroscuro

  1. Beautiful! Do you follow patterns or make your own designs? I would love to be able to recreate this style! I’m not good at freestyling though!

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    1. Thank you very much! Mostly, I make my own designs… I quite struggled with this one, but I was still unexperienced when I sewed it. You can always try to draft your own pattern using some dress or top you allready have and know it fits you well, and then alternate it a bit to achieve something new…

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