Saturday, 20 April 2013

A beautiful veil

Today I was going through some photographs I took on a recent trip to the V&A and I came across this one of a Gorgeous 1920's wedding veil.
Initially I was drawn to the delicate floral headdress, I've been making ribbon and fabric flowers for some time now but not yet ventured into creating pieces as life like and elegant as these
I really want to learn the craft of making these type of silk flowers so if any one has any books or resources they know of  I would be really grateful.
On closer inspection it wasn't just the crown of flowers that made this piece so attractive to me, it was also the beautiful floor length veil that was paired with it.
Unfortunately I couldn't get a fool length picture of it  ( it was a pretty busy day in the V&A so couldn't get far enough away from it ) but I took a couple of photos just to remind myself of the amazing craftsmanship that had gone into it.

It has definitely got me thinking about using lace in my work again, whilst I was doing my degree my final collection incorporated a fair bit of antique lace and I loved sourcing it and repurposing it my pieces, but for some reason I haven't yet  used it on my millinery work . 

It didn't take long until I was wistfully whiling away the hours  on Google image search finding other  examples of 1920's bridal outfits and veils. These  are two of my favourites I  found.

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Isn't this one just fabulous with all the ladies in lavish headwear and an abundance of flowers all around.  Looking at though the images it reminded me how much I still have to learn and aspire to with my millinery, well I'll just have to keep practicing.
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend xxx

Monday, 15 April 2013

From under the Pile of Papers-a picture post

I found this photo  whilst I was sorting through some old project research from one of my college projects. I must have cut it out of  a magazine years ago and it’s been in my inspiration file ever since. I’m not sure why I love it so much but it captures my imagination  every time I look at it.
I  spent a considerable time on Google image search trying to track down where it came from and who the photographer was but to no avail which is a shame because I would love to know more about it, I suppose part of the reason I love it so much is that the birds presence gives the model quite a statuesque feel  but also at the same time it seems quite playful.
I’ve been  thinking a lot lately about the importance of taking really great photos, for both documenting my work and  using  on this blog. At the moment my camera skills are pretty haphazard and I struggle with getting  the composition and the lighting right  especially  when  I tend to take pictures  for posts in the evening after work  when lighting is even trickier.
Now I know that practice makes perfect so I have set myself the challenge to try and take more photographs every week  and not just for blogging but just everyday shots of things I find inspiring or just to record what I'm up to during my day. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need advice and a helping hand  through my journey of photographic improvement so I'll be sharing my photos once in a while on the blog and would be really grateful for any pointers or tips on the way. 
Well that's all for now, hope you all had a great weekend  Jess xxx