Here’s the one good pic so far. I’ve had to do some bits and bobs to finish it off but over-all I’m pretty happy with this!
Little by little I’ve been working on a headdress for a customer who is attending a Hallowe’en party as Akasha Queen of the Damned. If you’re unsure of what I’m talking about then you can see some stills from the film here and the headdress I’m doing a version of is the one with pendants and coins on it.
It’s been one of those projects that has required a lot of looking at pics from the film, has required a few coats of thinking about, and it’s underway and should be finished by the end of the week.
As usual, early on in the process it looked pretty ….bleak…. then I found some pendants that totally rock and even though they’re not actual Turkoman pendants (as they would have used up the whole of the customer’s budget before I was even started) they’re doing a damn fine job of looking cool.
And because I’m rubbish at documenting what I’m working on as I do it there are no pics yet, but you can be absolutely sure that once it’s done the pictures will be here.
So it’s been a long time coming but here are pics of some new items made since the school holidays ended. The new term of school means earlier nights for the children and more motivation for me to get going with new ideas.
Autumn colours are always a big favourite of mine anyway, and are so fitting at this time of year.
I’ll be adding them to the Etsy store momentarily so you’ll further pics and better description there.
Tonight I started work on a purple headdress that will have many many peacock feathers once it’s done, but tonights job was to get some extra embellishments sewn onto a medallion. I’ll keep you posted!
Today I am mostly playing with old crystals from chandelier drapes.
I am making some very pretty headdresses, simple but absolutely gorgeous.
I’ll keep ya posted!
Yesterday produced a flurry of Etsy activity that was….interesting.
The upshot is that this piece sold to someone going to The Secret Garden festival in the UK. What was even better about it was that the customer was on Etsy looking for inspiration for something she was making and decided to buy my headdress instead. Yay!
So first of all I get an email asking how quickly I can get it sent to her as she’s in the UK and she assumed I was in the US. Nope, I’m here in good old Blighty. I can send it today (yesterday IRL). Ok, customer doesn’t have a Paypal account…… That’s ok, I can send an invoice and she can send via Paypal without setting up an account. DOH! There are to-ings and fro-ings that I won’t go into but eventually the sale is made, the price is paid and I get it in the post at 3pm guaranteed to get to her the next day (today).
As would be expected her last email to me was to check that the item was as good as it looked – I assured her that it would be better than it looked in the photo as photos are not my strong suit……
The feedback was worth all the online fretting – “She just arrived and she’s GORGEOUS, thank you so much!!”
Ah, I love a happy customer…….
So the photos are rubbish and were taken earlier without proper staging – I just wanted to get a few pics of this one up as I am soooo pleased with it. It does need a little adjusting, unless you have a smallish head (not freakishly small, just not massive) but the adjustments are going to be easily done.
After various members of Covert Bling tried it on for me tonight I can assure you that if you have long hair this looks sumptuous and I shall make sure to do something that is equally as sumptuous for those with shorter hair.
And, I think I may have found a model for my head-wear instead of Dolly Head…. Sam? You know who you are!
My Mucha-esque inspired Pearl and Chain Headdress:
I love this and want to make more more more, and have textile versions planned too…..
The work of Alphonse Mucha inspires me always and although to some it may be hokey and quite possibly pop because of his popularity (no pun intended), I don’t care. The beautiful, sumptuous, flowing and sensual nature of his work is just irresistible. Who doesn’t want to look like a goddess? Really?
In my bedroom I have a signed Bob Masse print of one of Mucha’s Autumn pictures and each time I look at it I wonder why I don’t have more Mucha prints framed in my home. I’m just an Art Nouveau freak at heart. When I look at the peas growing in my garden I love the way the pea shoot tendrils snake and curve around one another….I love the way that Mucha romanticises women and their forms and so it cannot help but escape into my work.
I’m happy because this piece has been made with a mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces, and this exact item cannot be reproduced. So there will be only one….. I’m happy because it has been weighted to it perfectly on your head without the need for clips and grips (unless you’re going to do some radical moves) and I think that as a Bridal Wear piece, this is just awesome….
Once I get good photos it’ll go up on Etsy. I’ll keep you posted. xx