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One day I went to the ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes’ exhibit at the National Gallery and I nearly cried.
It seemed like an exhibit made specifically for me. Dance, textiles, theatricality and Russianness all in one. I read every single placard and examined every display. It touched me very deeply. I wanted to live there.
What does this have to do with a skull design?
Within the exhibit were a lot of ikat textiles used for costumes in many Ballets Russes performances. I liked how dramatic and yet elegant and exotic the textiles felt.
Ikat is a textile that has been around for thousands of years. Ironic I would “bring it back to life” with a skull.
I wanted a skull that felt regal and luxurious and yet whimsical and fun, with a touch of history.