I created this image using 6 different pictures I've taken over the past few years. I also spent about 10 hours in Photoshop editing and painting and just letting inspiration lead the way.
This is part of my personal project Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait. The idea...I make a dress or outfit using one piece or a few pieces of fabric, no sewing, just wrapping, tying and pinning the fabrics and then create beautiful inspired portraits.
For this portrait, I started with a giant piece of bright pink fabric, wrapped it around myself to create a "dress". I pinned it with the clips you see below. I used the wax paper and freezer paper pictured to create the look of chrysalis fading away at my feet. (I looked up the word cocoon and apparently that's not usually what caterpillars form to become butterflies, it's called a chrysalis. Learned something new.)
I took quite a few portraits of myself wearing the "dress" in front of a gray background and merged two different images together so I had a complete image without the camera remote in my hand.