This 3D collage is built with a bold rhythm of details, starting with the 1953 portrait by Richard Avedon of Italian heiress and fashion icon, Marella Agnelli (his own personal proof to her, with hand-written notes by Avedon), to the snip of grey cloudburst by John Constable ('Cloud Study', 1864), and the black and white layering of ink, typography, metal, marble, pinstripe textile and Victorian embossing. A photo spread of a swirling Dior 'New Look' skirt anchors this composition in the era of 1950's fashion, with its lush, angular and very dramatic designs.
This mixed media collage is a 3-dimensional work, built up from paint chips, vintage hand-written letters, copies of textile fragments, scraps of brightly coloured paint palettes and black ink drawings. Shelley likes building up surfaces, starting with a cardboard structure, and then adding elements until they take on an architectural quality, giving the viewer a peek down a hidden corner of colour, a hallway of intrigue, typography, textiles and pattern to tell its story.
ORIGINAL ART WORK
These are handmade, living pieces, many with overhanging elements from the collage assembly and the pieces are mounted in a slightly raised fashion (so as to appear floating) above a white, acid-free matte. We use Museum Glass, specially coated to make the viewing of the art completely glare and reflection-free (it looks like there is no glass; all you see is the artwork), as well as being 92% UV filtering (a very important feature, due to the use of fragile, paper ephemera).
Similarly, the prints are designed to include a digital bright white surround “matte” to allow the piece to "float". They are Giclee printed on thick archival, acid-free 189GSM paper. A digital signature by Shelley is included.
Although the originals vary in size, we try to find the closest print size to represent the original work, and the matte increases that size by approximately 1" on each side.
Paper thickness: 10.3 mil (0.26 mm)
Paper weight: 5.57 oz/yd² (189 g/m²)
Giclée printing quality
ISO brightness: 104%
Are ONLY available in the United States at present. We are working on alternative solutions for the rest of the world.
The white frame is made from .75 in (1.9 cm) Ayous wood harvested from renewable forests, and includes an Acrylite front protector with Hanging hardware included.