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Iris by Pietro Mascagni

Iris is an Opera by Pietro Mascagni with an Italian libretto.

Iris, the naive daughter of a blind old man, lives happy enjoying the simple things of nature. Osaka, a lord in search of adventures, falls in love with her and plans to kidnap her with the help of the pimp Kyoto. And during the show of puppets, the libertine enters disguised as a child of the sun, singing a serenade.

So it conquers the heart of Iris, and by deception takes the daughter to the old blind father, who lives with her. Iris is conducted at the Yoshiwara, a place of perdition, and she wakes up the illusion of being in Paradise; Osaka tries to seduce her but succeeding only at terrorizing the girl.

Tired and annoyed by the simplicity of Iris, Osaka leaves her at the mercy of Kyoto, which exposes her in the house of pleasure. There, reached and cursed by his father, who does not know about the rapture; at that point Iris, overwhelmed by shame, she throws herself into an abyss.

Iris dies kissed by the light and embraced from the flowers.

Not a happy ending or a happy story. But for the beauty of Iris, I tried to show her at her best in purple and olive, aqua and reddish silk and beads. Check out her shoes.

Fabric Art of My Own Creation

Salome by Richard Strauss


Salome, Op. 54, is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann‘s German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.

The opera is famous (at the time of its premiere, infamous) for its “Dance of the Seven Veils“. It is now better known for the more shocking final scene (often a concert-piece for dramatic sopranos), where Salome declares her love to – and kisses – the severed head of John the Baptist.

In this piece of artwork, my depiction of her intends to convey a lustful uncaring attitude which I hope I managed to illustrate here.

Salome (whether by ignorance or love for her mother) asked for the head of John the Baptist of her step-father the king when he offered her anything she wanted after she danced so beautifully for him. In her stance, I tried to convey that nonchalance, that insouciant indifference to her deed.

I used red and black silk for her skirt, beaded the bodice and headpiece then added the feathers.

This piece is 16″ x 20″ and framed in a gold leaf frame.