Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Venetian Paper Dolls

My oh my! I decided to tackle this project two days ago, and it has sort of consumed my last three days (every moment not spent caring for/entertaining a toddler). It sort of felt like I was in school again. One of those tasks you think will take only an hour, and you end up staying up all night so you can turn it in the next day. Luckily I wasn't tuning this in, so I was able to stretch it across three days. But it still took waaaaay longer than I thought it would—with all my perfectionist and technical issues.

An explanation. I came across this project while organizing my studio, and it made me think of my friend Sarah. We met at San Jose State. We had similar areas of interest, and she actually went into the art history grad program—I would have too if I hadn't gotten pregnant (and I'm grateful every day I did. Sarah's muuuuch better suited for academia than I am). At first I thought I would stick the book in an envelope and send it to Sarah, but after her very enthusiastic response when I asked if she'd like to see it, I realized other people might find it interesting as well, and I should digitize it and share it with everyone!

I made this book in 2008 or 2009 for a History of Fashion class (and now you understand why people choose to go to places like SJSU—paper or art project option, yes please!). A semester or two before, I had taken an Art History of Renaissance Venice class and LOVED it, and I used that knowledge to make . . .

Renaissance Venice PAPER DOLLS!!

Please keep in mind, I was an undergrad when I made this book. I'm no expert in art history or costume. There may be factual mistakes. But I did my reading, and was a BIG big BIG BIG nerd back then. So it's probably pretty accurate. {:

As I mention on the last scanned page, I got my information from three books: Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eubank, Art and Life in Renaissance Venice by Patricia Fortini Brown, and Painting in Renaissance Venice by Peter Humfrey

Please don't use these images without crediting me. And certainly don't sell anything using my images. They're not very high quality anyway (I can send bigger files to friends who are interested).

Click to see images larger. And enjoy!



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Thanks to Dr. Christine Junkerman for inspiring an interest in Renaissance Venice. And thanks to Doctor Christine Junkerman and Doctor Jan Thompson for refusing to take the book when I tried to give it to each of them. Whether they thought it was crap or thought I might like to have it for the future, I'm really happy they made me keep it, so I could share it with you!

If you think I'm a good artist, check out my painting blog: www.casdelcisneros.com

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