This screen shot from "Adelina", one of a trilogy of three short stories in Vittorio de Sica 's 1963 film "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" [Ieri, Oggi, Domani] was the inspiration for the pillow design. The combination of neutral colors with bright colors and white, the patterns, the weave of the man's suit, and the architectural lines of the alley all play into the design.
A couple of the fabrics are even in sync with the time period of the film-- the woven beige cotton was the curtains from our 1960's patio home, the green plaid was my dad's shirt from the same time period.
This is my dad in 1959 with my two oldest sisters here in central Texas.
The raw silk is cut from a tunic top my sister made for herself in the late 1980's- early 90's, a Claude Montana design. The fabric is breaking down from age and it causes me pain to cut up her hard work, but once the material is backed with fusible inner facing it's usable again, so why not?
Here are the edge strips trimmed from the pillow cover and sewn together to create a new textile.The process of framing and trimming is self-generative.