The Madama Butterfly Opera with the Edmonton Opera is about to begin on Saturday April 5th. Once again I have been involved in designing a few pieces for the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera http://www.edmontonopera.com and the Alberta Craft Council http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca along with other amazing Artists. This is the 50th Anniversary for the Edmonton Opera and they are celebrating with the return of the Madama Butterfly Opera which happened to be the first opera that was performed 50 years ago. I had the pleasure of attending the dress rehearsal yesterday and have to say it is going to be a superb opera to see. I would put it on your must do list as it begins on Saturday April 5th, with other performances on Tuesday April 8th and Thursday April 10th.
For the previous opera’s this season I designed a set of 50th Anniversary themed pieces that included various embellishments from each of the opera’s this season. You can view them earlier on in my blog. The Madama Butterfly Opera inspired me to focus on the Shoji Screens that are a prominent feature in the homes of that era and the stage decoration. To top off the screens I placed cherry blossoms in red that are seen in this amazing opera. A touch of gold for the 50th Anniversary either in gold trim or beads is added to each piece. Below are the designs and a write up on what they symbolize.
Shoji Cherry Blossom Bolero: Designed with a Shoji screen on the base of the bolero and adorned with cherry blossoms on each arm. The gold beads on the cherry blossoms and the gold silk yarn and beads on the sleeves reflects the Edmonton Opera’s 50th Anniversary. Each arm represents one of the other two Opera for this season. One side has a soft lace edge for the “dance of the seven veils” in Salome and the other side has a lace edge with points as in a bats wing for Die Fledermaus play bill.
Shoji Cherry Blossom Hand Warmers: Designed with a Shoji screen on the base of the hand warmer and embellished with a cherry blossom to finish off the design in character of the Madama Butterfly Opera.
Cherry Blossom Hand Warmers: Inspired by the Madama Butterfly opera with the colours and red cherry blossoms prominent in the Opera. The cherry blossoms are made of silk reminiscent of one of the exquisite fibres used in Japan. Edmonton Opera’s 50th Anniversary is shown with the gold beads on the cherry blossoms.
This is going to be a fantastic Opera and one not to miss. Have an inspired day and try something new today. Enjoy.
My inspiration for the Asymmetrical Angles Scarf was a scarf I designed for the Opera Art Project with the Edmonton Opera (www.edmontonopera.com) and the Alberta Craft Council Gallery (www.albertacraft.ab.ca). It was based on the Les Contes d’Hoffman Opera, a Victorian Steampunk inspired opera. You can soften the look by changing the colours of the yarns to ivory or a pastel colour or strengthen the Steampunk essence by using black, greys, sepia tones or red. Make them in a cool cotton for the warmer days and add the warmth of merino wool or other fibres in cooler days. I hope you enjoy knitting this design.
The Asymmetrical Angles Scarf pattern has an eclectic feel to the design with a Victorian Steampunk Essence in the Asymmetry. It was popular in this era to add found objects to your clothing as shown in the various clasps I used to accent the scarf. Add 3 clasps to strengthen the look.
The Asymmetrical Angles Scarf Knitting Pattern can be worn with the clasps at the front or to the side for a slightly different look and warmth. I used a 2 strand method to knit this scarf with 2 different worsted weight yarns. (Malabrigo Worsted Merino and Malabrigo Rios hand painted merino wool). You can use most worsted weight yarns including cotton and other fibres.
I am continuing to pattern various designs of my previous work and new designs that will include crochet patterns down the road. Be sure to come back soon to see the latest. I am also working on new pieces of my finished accessories for Fall. Hard to believe when Spring hasn’t technically come here yet. The morning began with -13. Not very Spring like and I am looking forward to the warmer days ahead.
Wanted to thank the Alberta Craft Council Gallery, (Edmonton, Alberta) for the Artist Spotlight for November. They have encouraged me over the past few years to grow and develop my designs. The opportunities they have given me are amazing and continue to push me to new levels of Wearable Art. Always a pleasure to work with on special projects such as the Opera Art Project. I am honoured to be part of this great community of Artists and staff. If you are in the area pop by for a visit and see the wonderful works by local Artists. A great place to buy that special gift for someone or even yourself.
Thank you for all you do!! 🙂 You are an amazing group who have helped many an Artist reach their goals and more. You can see more about the Alberta Craft Council Gallery at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca
Opera Art Project Anniversary Collar scarf and hand warmers. The Edmonton Opera is having their 50th Anniversary this Opera Season. To help celebrate this wonderful moment and year I decided my designs for the Opera Art Project would be a combination of all 3 Opera’s in the colours of their 50th Anniversary theme. The Edmonton Opera started with their first Opera being Madama Butterfly and fittingly are topping off this year with the very same Opera. What a wonderful way to make tribute to all 50 years of incredible talent and hard work.
The Opera Art 50th Anniversary Neck warmer scarf is done in black with gold trim. The trim is made with 100% beaded silk for the Golden 50th Anniversary. I made a second one in black with red trim the colour of the Cherry Blossom and other parts of Madama Butterfly. On each of these neck warmers you see the lace edge which symbolizes the “dance of the 7 veils” in the Opera, Salome. The Full Moon is also a big part of the first Salome, Opera this season.
In the second Opera, Die Fledermaus, there is a pocket watch that has an important role and meaning in this Opera. I stitched some of the clock onto the Full moon on one neck warmer and on the other made a separate clock also on a white face. Each scarf has an additional metal clock face to add a unique touch to the design.
The third Opera, Madama Butterfly is the season ender to celebrate 50 years. The Red Cherry Blossom is done in a merino and silk hand painted yarn and accented with a 100% silk beaded yarn. Cherry Blossoms are seen throughout this magnificent opera in addition I added a metal butterfly to each for this wonderful Opera.
The hand warmers are designed in the same manner with mutual influence from each Opera. There will be other styles for each of the 3 Opera’s this year so pop by again for a peek at what I am working on.
The Opera Art Project is a wonderful collection of local Artists, the Alberta Craft Council and the Edmonton Opera together bringing a new and exciting venue with one of a kind and unique pieces. You can view more about this wonderful project at http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca/special-projects/
There will be pictures of some of the upcoming designs and works by the Opera Art Artists soon at this link above.
A sneak peek into the Opera Art Project designs for the up coming season of the Edmonton Opera. As I have mentioned in previous blogs I have the pleasure of designing with a group of amazing local Artists in the Opera Art Project. These two collar style scarves are one of a kind pieces and add a unique touch to your wardrobe. I will go more into the designs and what overall design is symbolic for as well as the embellishments. These two designs pertain to all three Opera’s this season in one way or another. The gold bling silk yarn, by www.artyarns.com is for the 50th Anniversary of the Edmonton Opera.
I will talk more in detail about these designs and the corresponding hand warmers when I finish them. Just thought I would tease you with what I have been working on lately. Stay tuned for more Opera Art designs…..hint these are based on the 3 Opera’s Madama Butterfly, Salome, and Die Fledermaus.
For more information and my previous Opera Art Project designs see the links below: