Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Piano Book Locket

Several weeks ago I saw The Piano for the first time and was inspired by it in many ways. I saw the possibility for future art and jewelry projects which I talk more about in this post. Now I've finally made one of those jewelry ideas. I made a Book Locket which was inspired by the necklace that Holly Hunter's character, Ada McGrath wore. She was mute and had a gold necklace which contained papers that she would use to communicate with when her daughter who translated for her was not around.

Detroit Michigan

While I was making this necklace which was a custom made necklace, I was thinking a lot about this beautiful Red House Painters song, Michigan.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Augustin Lesage

 Composition symbolique, oil and graphite on canvas, 1928
 Composition symbolique, oil on canvas
oil on canvas (date and title unknown)
 (date and title unknown)
Diligently working in his studio (date unknown)
I just found out about this French outsider artist, Augustin Lesage (Saint-Pierre-Lez-Auche, 1876 - Burbure, 1954) and I'm wondering why I didn't already know his name. He was a coal miner who believed that spirits were guiding his hand and would come home from the mines every evening to work on his paintings. I think these works are amazing because he was way ahead of his time. Google him, his paintings are amazing and he was a really fascinating guy too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gemini Sale

In honor of the zodiac symbol Gemini which is quickly waxing upon us. I will be holding a 20% off Gemini Sale in my shop ∆IL GATTO SELVATICO∆ that will last for the entire Gemini Month (May 21 to June 21). Just enter the code GEMINI at check out to receive 20% off your entire order.
A side note: This is my favorite period of the year, maybe because I'm a Gemini and so is my husband or maybe because I love the weather at this time of year. The trees are finally fully in bloom and everything is green and pulsing with life. It's such a magical time.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rene Magritte

 La Cascade, 1961
 The Blank Check, 1965
Castle in the Pyrenees, 1959
Song of Love, 1964
Clear Ideas, 1955

Rikka Sormunen

 Cruel Summer
 Dark Waters

I love these compositions that are packed with patterns and textures by Rikka Sormunen.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DIY Making Alterations-Turning a Dress Into a Cropped Top

 This was a ridiculously unflattering shapeless dress but I loved the ikat pattern and cowl neck so I cut that part out and turned it into a top. The ikat bit was just in the front of the dress so the first thing I did was cut that part in half and put the bottom half on the back. Then I took some natural colored cotton muslin and cut two long strips of it to add to the sides and two rectangles of it to add to the sides under the arms. In the photo above I have not yet attached the part to go under the arms.

 Finished product!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


 Several Circles, 1926
 Blue Mountain 1908-09
 Composition 8, 1923
 Decisive Rose, 1932
Composition 2, 1909-10

Some of my favorite paintinsg by Kadinsky at the Guggenheim Museum. Some of them are in the special exhibition Kadinsky at the Bahaus. Definitely worth a look. I was very inspired by these and others to make some similar designs into dresses and scarfs.

Monday, May 9, 2011

DIY Making Alterations-Revamping Old Vintage Dresses

Jewelry by IL GATTO SELVATICO:: left hand photo: Trapeze Necklace right hand photo: Rhombohedron Earrings 
The dress on the left had sleeves and a 70's style collar that I did not find flattering so I took them off. I made the dress sleeveless with a boat neck collar instead. The dress on the right had a collar with neck ties. I removed the ties and put them at the waist of the dress to cinch the waist. I turned the collar into a scoop neck collar instead (now it's sexier).

Sunday, May 8, 2011

500 Hearts and Mother's Day Giveaway

Happy Mother's Day. IL GATTO SELVATICO has 500 shop hearts on Etsy and to celebrate I'm having a giveaway. To receive this lovely necklace you must follow these steps.
1. If you aren't already, follow this blog or follow me on facebook, tumblr, or twitter.
2. Visit the IL GATTO SELVATICO shop and
3. Leave a comment below with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) and your favorite IL GATTO SELVATICO item.
A winner will be selected 1 week from today, Sunday May 15.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Some Greenery

Now that it's May, one of my favorite months of all, we can finally see all the green leaves budding off of the trees and the green plants coming out of the ground. My Etsy finds are all about green plants and trees.

1. In the Trees by Roadside 2. Green Grass Bookends by pillowhappy 3. A Collection of 36 Succulents by SucculentsGalore 4. Wearable Planter No. 3, Translucent by colleenjordan

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I know it's been awhile since anything has gone on my blog so here are two new unrelated to each other necklaces. Oh and in the past week or so I learned how to make triangles with the keyboard.