The Girl on the Beach clip from "The Red Desert"
Monica Vitti in a still from Michelangelo Antonioni's film The Red Desert (Il Deserto Rosso), 1964.
The use of line, color, and fabrics in this photo inspired the pillow design.
Garments include my grandfather's woolen long johns-- ca. 1960 or earlier-- with his last name, Hermes, handwritten on waistband; 1970's corduroy Levis; red cotton batik remnants from the lapel of the poppy robe I designed and made ; scraps of digital print silk left over from my scarf ; other fabrics include an orange cotton print sample brought from India in the 1970's by the husband of a friend of mine, who, after saving the samples for 40+ years, gave them to me last year; 1980's curtain fabric from my sister, and red plaid silk.
The random sizes and shapes of the scraps form the basis of the composition.
The first mock-up was a series of mostly vertical lines, much like the film photo.
The texture of Monica Vitti's sweater made me think to use the long johns; the triangular shape of the waistband shifted the composition, broke up the grid.
I was thinking of Hans Hoffman 's early to mid-1960's color block paintings, which he was doing at the same time Antonioni was making this film. In the photo below, you can see how art of the period was influencing film set design, in the use of blocks of color, and even the attention to the paint-- the unevenness of the layers, and the texture of it peeling away from the surfaces.
Here's Tillycat doing her best Monica Vitti impersonation.
Speaking of paint textures, this week I came across these these gorgeous detail photos Dominique Browning took of some of Hofmann's paintings at the Met. See more of them on her blog Slow Love Life .