Spring Wardrobe Miniatures by Carrie Goller
collectible encaustic/mixed media illustrations, introductory price $60 each
Whether changing from capris to a tailored dress for dinner at home, a ladylike suit for a trip to the local bank, Easter Sunday in hat and gloves, or evening out in my favorite - her gold lamè dress, I enjoyed seeing my glamorous mother's outfits.Turquoise, gold, purple, kelly and lime green - she knew how to accessorize for her red hair. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by fashion and began in kindergarten drawing crayon figures with colorful clothing; adding pages of colored pencil fabric swatch drawings in grade school. At 12 I was gifted a
1912 New Home treadle sewing machine and my mother taught me to sew. I later graduated to her Singer and began haunting Esther's Fabric Shop on Bainbridge Island. By high school, I was making my own version of couture; creating three-piece suits- adding chain to the inner jacket lining so it would hang well, pinning my flat-felled seam trousers on inside-out so they would fit like a glove, creating filmy french-seamed dresses cut on the bias, covered buttons and bound buttonholes and hand-sewn lingerie. I taught others to sew and did well in Home Economics.
I still own some of my creations as well as some high school fashion illustrations, several of which were actually made into clothing. It seems natural to return to my early artistic endeavors - whether whimsical, vintage or current, I love fashion illustration and hope you enjoy my spring detour. I would like to thank my
wondrous mother for encouraging my creativity and for passing on her red hair and freckles.