I have written about Theresa Cheek on a few occasions now.
She writes the most wonderful informative blog about decorative arts, she stencils, she is based in Texas and travels from there to all kinds of exciting places, she is a very talented artist and has a legion of admirers. Recently she wrote to ask for my help with an outfit she was going to source and decorate. Like me, Theresa wears her art on her sleeve... or in this case around her hem. We paint, stencil and customise many of our outfits. She did not need an ounce of my help in the end but our correspondence involved her sending pictures and keeping me up to date with a Ventetian inspired smock that she was creating to wear at the decorative painter's Salon in Atlanta. I asked if I could share the results with you. Firstly she sourced the smocks from Green and Stone, a delicious traditional artists suppliers in London, England. They shipped directly to her so my help was not needed.
Rachel and I are very tempted to order one each.
Theresa wrote 'My inspiration was a photo of a smock with a sepia landscape painted inside...I picked up some prints in Florence and scanned them and then transferred them onto the front bottom hem and the upper back of the smock..I think I will add a large black bow at the top in the front. Too much???'
As it turned out, the smock was far larger than Theresa expected so she had to take it in and take it up. Look at all the lovely buildings on the edge and back of the garment.
She added large, vintage style buttons onto it and she added that bow.
Theresa told me that the smock turned out just as she had seen it in her head. She also said she would be wearing it with leggings and gondolier style shoes. Let's see the shoes Ms Cheek!
Visit Theresa at Arts The Answer.