The German painting Portrait of a Woman, ca 1510-1515 by Bernhard Strigel is currently on display at the Met, in Gallery 626. When I first saw the painting, I catalogued it as something I would love to use for inspiration someday. That day finally came after I was given my writ for the Laurel, and knew I had to make something for the event. I decided to make use of the low bodice style of dress with a fancy embroidered hemd and copy the embroidery pattern that is on the chest. I wanted to add some visual interest to it, and instead of just using one type of thread, I decided to twist silk and metal threads together, to get an interesting result.
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