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Fascinating vision!

In December I got asked if I would make a fascinator for a friend’s wedding. Of course I said YES.

The next day after a bit of work on Google, I realised that a birdcage veil did not mean that Gem wanted a headress involving a birdcage and some veil. A birdcage veil is a well-accepted STYLE..

Disappointing… Undaunted, I watched a couple of you tube videos and got sketching.

With a three week deadline, I got it finished on time but could only take a few quick photos – which my phone then decided to delete. So here’s a close-up from an official wedding photo. Apologies to the groom for cropping him out.

Gem's birdcage veil

Gem’s birdcage veil

It worked so well, I made another for Kiri as a leaving present in more vibrant colours.

Kiri's fascinator for the Races

Kiri’s fascinator for the Races

The wedding version had three layers of feathers (in cream and yellow), was finished with gold binding and had a small gold chain draping across the feathers for effect. I’ll add a better photo if one emerges.

Thanks for the commission Gem and for trusting this part of your big day to me. It was a lot of fun to design and make this and I’m pleased with how well it turned out – and I know you were, too. :)

Queen of Cutlery

Sometimes a daft idea comes to you in a vision so strong, you can’t help but do something.

This is for Kiri, Queen of Cutlery. It’s a bit wonky… but let’s be honest, when faced with a woman wearing knives on her head, would you stop to point that out?



A collaboration with Ms Carlie Martece

One of the most lovely things about being a boho-crafty type is the utter pleasure you get from meeting other arty types and appreciating their work. No two of us are the same and by gosh there are some talented individuals out there.

One of our favorite lovely artists is Carlie Martece. We met her once-upon-a-time at a Book Club and kept in touch through social media networks, as you do.

Carlie wrote a stunningly good book callled Toxic Nursery (really – check it out). When Sam started making crazy resin knuckledusters, she though of Carlie. Carlie’s art is unique, blending psychedelia, fragility and violence with mind-blowing talent. Something in one particular rainbow-hued piece Sam made seemed like it had just dropped out of from one of Carlie’s artworks. She sent Carlie a picture and Carlie loved the knuckelduster, which has now incorporated one into her latest collages.

Check. It. Out. It is beauteously, fabulously crazy. Click on the picture to go straight to Carlie’s website to look at her other amazing collages, sketches, drawings and photography (we especially love the nailed series of photographs).

Star Craver by Carlie Martece

Star Craver by Carlie Martece