I assembled my first ruff and cuff "set" last night--a soft pink piece of striped fabric that I embellished with antique rose rhinestones around the collar piece. The cuffs are narrower versions of the ruff, but without rhinestones. I'm thinking this piece is probably closer to the "circus-esque" theme that I've been playing with for Relished Artistry than almost anything else that I've made.
And while I love that vintage circus feel, my gut starts to worry when I relegate my work too thematically tight, as I truly believe some of my pieces could be used for other purposes than just costuming... I have no qualms about making high-end costumes that are recognized as such. I just want to elevate them out of that narrowly perceived niche into a wider, more artistic expression that is appreciated a bit differently.
This is the first "set" I've made, and I'm not sure if that makes it more of a garment and less of an "art piece", but we'll see.
Regardless, here is the soft pink ruff! I think it has a charming character. I'll have it on my Etsy and Artfire sites, soon!
Until next time, Live Life with Relish!