and Summer has yet to arrive. Days are grey and gardens lush, full of flowers and greenery. A holiday in Holland has revived and rejuvenated my creative spirit enabling me to return to the studio with renewed determination. Kilns have been firing on full cyclinders and now the studio is full of rabbits and shrews, noses in the air drying, before lustres fired once again and turned golden. Ears need making and costumes fitted, oxides have resisted high temperatures and so remain dark as are coloured slips created and used in the depths of Winter. Costumes will reflect this stern pared back style with just a smidgeon of minute floral only just creeping in between layers. I have delved in boxes, rooted through fabrics and lace imagining the outfits to be worn and hence today's post is all about inspiration. Photos of overgrown shop fronts in Holland, windows with fragile boxed frames, and piles of old fabrics with buttons and lace. The story is yet to unfold but will become apparent as my characters come to life an altogether different look for creatures from under the cupboard or round the corner. Maybe they live in cultured oppulent cities with a history of a more elaborate age, with lace and fur to liven navy worsteds and fine checks...... follow their journey of discovery as they appear one by one in their splendid finery to adorn a shelf or mantlepiece...
a shop in Haarlem
velvet boxed frame
gilt boxed frame
swatches of cotton, buttons, lace and possibilities