I am really pleased to be able to share my recent commission for a green stole. Pictured here is Margot Hodson about to be licensed in her new role as Associate Minister in Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice on Monday 9th September.
It is lovely for me to help bring a vision to life, from those initial ideas and conversations, looking at fabrics, sampling and then working towards the final design.
Here is a close look at the different elements. The stole is lined with light cream silk and is reversible.
I love the background green. It is such a rich colour and rather wonderful to use in a design.
A few years ago I spent a weekend with Katherine Pogson at Designer Courses on one of her bag making courses https://www.designercourses.com/
Katherine had a lovely brown bag that was made from one piece of leather. I was quite taken with this and used it as inspiration to create my own one piece. I have made a couple of these since then and then recently when meeting with a client was asked to make another one. This client was having receiving the bag as a present from a friend so we needed to be sure of her requirements.
Though she loved the original red bag it is not always possible to purchase the exact same leather, so you need to consider how to achieve the same result. It is similar to ordering enough fabric in a certain shade or enough paint so there is enough in the same dye lot.
Though I was able to find a beautiful red leather I needed to extend the lining to ensure that the bag stayed upright. My client also wanted an internal pocket for her phone and magnetic clasps to hold the top together.
The side view of the bag gives a sense of the depth. Ladies, this is not a bag to carry everything. This is a bag that is useful for anyone who likes to carry the minimum - purse, keys & phone. No fuss, just a simple bag.
Last summer at Bucks Open Studios (now called Bucks Art Weeks) a lady enquired about a new pattern for purse being made from one she purchased over 40 years ago. The old purse was stunning and alas was now falling to pieces. The customer wanted to retain certain features and adapt others. What a challenge! She also wanted it in navy blue. So with a clear brief I started to research navy blue leather and lining. We then met to discuss and confirm the fabric and leather, and then you can see the results below.