Ok well my Dress to Art project has gone to the next phase. I stretched the fabric over two 11x14 pieces of stretched canvas and had enough excess to frame the remaining material in a 11x14 frame. This one, which isn't stretched over canvas, will become a tray after I attach two gold handles to the wider (versus longer) sides of the frame. I also picked up two more matching frames for what will eventually become the artwork.
Now I need to figure out how to paint on the fabric. I have decided to paint flowers on the fabric (specifically orchids) since this will be hanging in the bedroom most likely and orchids always make me think of sex. Blame Adaptation. And Trevor, since they're his favorite flower.
Anyway I did some research on the techniques used in painting or drawing on rice paper because the texture of rice paper is very closely matched in the fabric. Now of course, the two materials will handle ink differently, but I wanted to see if I could find some reigning philosophy and sure enough, in Asian art, quick movements are used because the artist already has the image in his head. This technique helps to convey the texture and movement of the painting's subject as well.
I am hesistant to try this yet (although I know I will have to) because I fear that my project will look very slapdash.
Or I could just be procrastinating. :)