29 August 2014

Gothic Exhibition

Another online exhibition, this time on Gothic:Dark Glamour from 2008.  You can find it here.
I have the book to this exhibition, well worth the money if it’s your thing.

Mix this with the corset exhibition I told you about in the last post and I personally think its a perfect combination for inspiration.

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28 August 2014

Corset exhibition

Have found a wonderful Corset Exhibition online here

From older times of support, suppression, control (a straight laced woman couldn’t be a loose woman) all the way to modern corsets as signs of sexual liberation. 

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24 August 2014


Cooking on the stove tonight.  

Logwood and blackcurrant on the left, alum mordant.

Rusty objects and tea on the right.

Fabrics are a mix of overdyes, cottons, silks, organza.


17 August 2014


A few quick snaps (and they were quick iPad snaps) of the workbook I produced for Wallington.
Not a sketchbook, more to give the public and idea of the processes used and where the ideas came from - and some samples they could touch and feel.



14 August 2014

The Bunting

Another piece of work from the Wallington exhibition which is hanging in the wonderful conservatory.

Bit of a hike from the house, but well worth the effort.

A3 bunting


Bunting full

Bunting 2



The Dress installed at Wallington

Helens Dress 2

Helens Dress 1a

Helens Dress 3

13 August 2014

Finishing touches

Its all come together really well, the bodice has been finished with these beautiful clasps (they are on the shoulders as well). 

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The train is ready


 Working on the bustle sewing organza poppies and thread formed crows - more symbolism from WW1

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The corsage.  The National Trust House, Wallington was owned by a conscientious objector, hence one white poppy.

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A4 belle epoque

The Belle Epoque was the “beautiful era” of scientific discovery, peace and general good feeling through Europe starting in 1871.

Unfortunately it ended in1914.


This outfit takes inspiration from the ending of the Belle Epoque - the fashion is contemporary to the era, but the crows and poppies indicate a darker side at…..

A5 end of the belle epoque 2

 And here it is finished, quick snaps in the garden before the rain came.

Edwardian Dress front finished

Edwardian Dress side finished

Tomorrow I’ll show you the dress at Wallington and the other pieces of work in the exhibition.



3 August 2014

The grey train

Next stage is to make the long train.
Silky satin type fabric with a high sheen and VERY slippery!

I’ve decided to paint this using the same design as the bodice - but on a larger scale.
I’ve also kept to the colour scheme of silver and charcoal markal oil sticks. 

Starting from the centre base I slowly worked my way out to the sides, and then repeated this for a few rows.
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Edwardian Dress 21

Then I started working up the sides.

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Edwardian Dress 25

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Once I’d finished I could breathe - because I don’t think I did for the whole session!  

It’s that sort of task that has to be done perfectly, no cover up’s allowed.
The fabric has been left to “set” and then will be ironed in three days time.

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