Summers end

Hard to believe that two years have come and went. My time here in the UK is coming to a close and I am squeezing in every last bit of what this city has to offer. 

I spent the last couple weeks making a sizeable number of regency era gowns from my studio in South East London. Lots of silk satins and lace! I was so pleased to be applying many of the techniques I mastered in my course in York, as well as using my foundation in garment construction to crank out these dresses methodically. I don’t have many details for the production for which they’ll be featured but once it’s released I will definitely be broadcasting that information. 

The other day I had a thought while packing up my flat and studio. It’s funny how endings look a whole lot like beginnings. Empty rooms waiting to be filled resemble that of spaces recently cleared of their possessions. I suppose the only thing that distinguishes them is the feelings they represent for the person leaving or entering the space. While I will miss the studio that has served as a place to house my work and inspiration over the last year, I trust that something wonderful awaits me upon my return. I’m looking forward to reestablishing myself with all the many skills I am bringing back with me. 

Next week I will be starting a course in tambour embroidery at Hand & Lock, the very same studio that does embroidery for the Queen. This is a skill I have been wanting to add to my repertoire for many years and I couldn’t be more thrilled to learn it in an atelier with such a notable reputation. 

With that I leave you to enjoy yet another rainy day here on this side of the pond. Here is a slideshow of various ongoings from the past couple weeks. Looking forward to seeing all my favourite faces in the very near future! And eating poutine once again….

Some beautiful leaves in the rain as captured by Thibaut Vandame. We had our coffee on a stroll in the rain ☔️ ☕️ Some graffiti on the Regents Canal. Just loved this colour combo. A view from the Sky Garden. Studio still life: one of the many over the long dress making days. Lace sleeves waiting to be attached! An unassuming garden 🪴 Front detail on my adjustable regency petticoats. Back detail on my bodiced petticoat. Raised needle lace collar designed by Josef Storck 1880. So much work and so pretty! Tiny frog bag from the Bags exhibition at the V&A. Victor & Rolf dress from the Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition at the V&A. I just adored the texture and colours on this one. A projector scene from Curiouser & Curiouser exhibit. This changed and animated on a loop showing how trippy the Alice and wonderful tea party could get. I loved the colours! A scene from the Chintz exhibit at the Fashion & Textile museum. I just loved this large “Dutch” cap from 1750. Might need to bring this one back. Just a photo I found on the internet and adored these dresses. Would love to recreate. Photo of my collab with artist Harriet Foster. Tufting by her, pattern design by me. A gorgeous rose. I just adore these colours! How incredible nature is.
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