I recently acquired a box of beads and sequins which included some unusual sequin shapes, these inspired me to create a series of embroidered insects. Many of the sequins were perfect shapes to become wings or beetle bodies. In addition to the sequins I used small pieces of goldwork threads for the legs. These embroideries may eventually become part of a larger project which I am currently working on.
Currently, I am interning for Joe Richards, I worked with Joe throughout my final project, first on beading for his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and then sample pieces such as the t-shirt below, which is printed with an original William Morris design, which I then embroidered with shell beads. Now I am working on embroidery for Joe's Spring/Summer 2017 collection, this involves working with Joe to develop embroidery samples and eventually embroider the final garments. It is great to be so involved with this current collection. Alongside this I am working on a few embroidery and pattern cutting projects of my own, but more on those another time.
As I mentioned in my last post, I created a few jewellery pieces to go alongside my collection of garments for my final project. The jewellery pieces were made right at the end of the project and many of them are made to match or compliment one of the garments. Several of the pieces were photographed on the same day as the garments but I made a few other pieces after the shoot. These are yet to be photographed but I shall get them up here soon. For now here's a little taster of the jewellery collection.
And as an aside I would like to thank everyone who has come to see the degree show so far. I am particularly grateful for the many kind comments I have received. I hope at least some of those who have visited will be having a look at my website to see this, it means such a lot to receive good feedback.
Another note; you may notice a few changes to the website images and layout in the coming days and weeks, I'm overhauling the website a bit as I feel its overdue an update and refresh.
Photos by Anthony Prothero
Modelled by Catarina Asira
Location: Corsham Court
I am so pleased to be able to finally unveil my collection of four garments produced for my final project. The private view was last night and the show remains open until the 19th of June from 10 am to 5pm each day.
Ophelia's Reverie follows the journey of a woman through the desert into a tropical paradise; the collection draws inspiration from desert and tropical plants and Pre-Raphaelite imagery and narratives. The garments feature hand embroidery techniques including tambour beading and stumpwork embroidery. Each garment is made entirely from silk with the emphasis being on drape and lightness.
Next I will post photos of the jewellery pieces which I made to go alongside the collection of garments.
Photographs by Anthony Prothero
Modelled by Catarina Asira
Location: Corsham Court
Last week I handed in my final project for marking, so its not long now until I can unveil what I have been working on for so long! At the moment I have a gap between finishing the project and the degree show opening so I am trying to squeeze in all the things I've been wanting to do for a while but haven't had the time to. Currently I'm teaching myself whitework and I just finished the goldwork piece from a course I went to back in April at the RSN, there's some pictures of that below. Next I want to master silk shading and crewelwork as well as some more advanced goldwork techniques. There should be a little teaser from the photo shoot a couple of weeks ago on here very soon, just so long as my file compressing skills are good - the nightmares of having a free website!
SAVE THE DATE: The show opens to the public on the 11th of June at Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill.
So I haven't written anything on here in ages, but I've been busy working on my final project and having weekly panics about it. Now I have three weeks to go until the deadline and I'm weirdly chilled about it. I finished the last of my four garments on Saturday and now I'm just working on my look book and a couple of extra things, trying to do as much as I can in the time I have left. I am currently organising a photo shoot of my garments which will hopefully be happening in the next two weeks.
The garments are being kept a secret for now as they will be unveiled at my degree show and of course there will be photos here at the start of June. So for now here is a taster of two of my favourite samples. The top one is tambour beaded and embroidered with flax thread on silk organza. The other sample uses bugle beads and manipulated silk dupion to create an interpretation of venus fly traps in fabric.
Don't forget my degree show is open to the public from the 11th of June to the 19th; so pop in if you are nearby to see everyone's work (Location: Sion Hill campus, Bath). I'm very excited to see it all finished!
I'm right into my final project now and so busy madly making embroidery samples at the moment. Below is an image of some of the samples for my two collections that I have made so far in my display box. I had hoped to upload a video of me tambour beading in this post but unfortunately its not possible on my current website plan, so head to my Instagram (@theperpetualmaker) if you'd like to see that.
I'm planning to make garments with my embroidery on for my degree show and I have just started making one of them to show at a work review in two weeks time. I just can't wait until the end of the project to see it all finished!
I'm in love with all the cut gemstones on Kernowcraft, they have such a great choice that its so hard to choose! I wanted to make some very simple necklaces which would show off the beauty of the gemstones, so I used wraptite settings which just hold the edges of the gemstone allowing light to shine through the stone. I eventually managed to narrow my choice down to Morganite Topaz and Iridescent Aqua Topaz faceted gemstones and I strung the pendants onto some fine silver chain.
I will return with some embroidery next week, I know I haven't put any up here in ages. I have just started my final project and have now begun making a couple of samples. All my fabric arrived today so I can really get going now.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. At the beginning of December I went to Hand and Lock in London to learn the haute couture technique of tambour beading. I became aware of the technique a little while ago on Pinterest and I had visited Hand and Lock earlier in the year on a studio tour. From what I can gather there aren't many books on tambour beading and this time I fancied learning from the experts as it looked quite a complex technique. Tambour beading is done with a hook rather than a needle, you can see the tambour hook in the image below. It is worked from the reverse side of the fabric so you cannot see the right side whilst you are working. It does take a bit of practice getting used to using a tambour hook but once mastered it is a lot quicker than the normal method of sewing on beads with a needle. The tambour hook forms a chain stitch which is used to attach beads and sequins or simply a chain stitch line of thread. The samples below are practice pieces which I worked on in the workshop and then finished off at home. They are worked on silk organza which makes the fact that you can't see the right side whilst you are working a little bit easier because of course, it is sheer.
The next technique I want to learn is goldwork, which Hand and Lock specialise in. I have been having a go at it over the past couple of days but it involves many different techniques and is a lot more complex than I had expected. So I think I will return to Hand and Lock for another workshop soon.
A while ago I saw a pair of earrings in Anthropologie and thought I could make those. As any maker will know quite often you don't actually get around to making it. But this time I did and although they ended up being almost double the price of the Anthropologie pair it was worth it. I bought the materials from Kernowcraft, an absolutely amazing bead website which I am in love with. I have a long list of beads I want to get from them. I chose Lapis Lazuli half drilled beads which are a beautiful deep blue colour and include small gold coloured flecks. All of the gold components are 9ct gold. The chain is incredibly fine, so much so that it was very fiddly and a bit scary when making the earrings. When the earrings are worn the longer length of chain sits behind the ear and the shorter length in front.