Petal & Pins

Category: Fashion Design

Shades Of Pink, Shades Of Green

This morning I made my first Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress for 2015 with two different pink geraniums that grow in my front garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I decided to use two shades of pink together inspired by the two colour effect of the fabric twine I’ve started making.

A Xmas gift of The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black combined with a workroom tidy up spurred the start of this new project to recycle some of the smaller scraps that mount up in my studio.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I found the instructions on My Poppet. It’s easy to make and all ready my mind is sparking with ideas for what I might do with it.

You can see other ways I use my scraps in my posts Macarons, Memories & Momentoes and Treasure & Mermaids.

Always better than them ending up in landfill.

Spring Just Gone

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s now officially summer and I can’t believe I posted so few things about  my garden over spring – especially since it was such a good one.

Lots of things flowered early and quickly producing a profusion of colour.

Like the banksia rose which has a tangle of  pale pink rose, honeysuckle and jasmine twining through it.

When we pruned it back I gathered some up for a vase and to create several  designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – here are just two of them!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

So while I might not have posted much about spring in my garden I certainly enjoyed it!

Pink Dress & Daisy Lawn

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I bought a vintage flower basket – perfect for gathering flowers for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe .

A week ago the lawn was a mass of tiny daisies. It was rather pretty looking out the sunroom window at them and I had the idea to pick and arrange them into a word on the green grass but what word I couldn’t decide on.

I was too indecisive! Mr Petal & Pins has now mowed the lawn so no more daisies.

I’ll work on my word choice for next time they pop up.

Meanwhile the garden has lots of colour to play with for garden fairies.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

Good Things Come To Those That Wait

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In 2011 the Montreal Museum Of Fine Art curated an exhibition of the work of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

I’ve watched from afar as the exhibition traveled to various locations and now – three years on it is in my neighbourhood – well almost – Melbourne.

So that’s where I am this weekend!

In anticipation I created this Gaultier inspired dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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Florence & The Fairy Dress

kapok flowers

My September trip to Magnetic Island was coincidentally timed when the native kapok were in flower. They remind me of magnolias with their bare branches adorned with showy blooms.

There were many on the drive down to Florence Bay scattered through the bush and in between the dramatic boulders that punctuate the island landscape.

It was a blue sky day, the ocean glistened.

My sister and I swam, explored the beach and created a portrait of ‘Florence’ on the sand.

native kapok tree Magnetic Island
Florence Bay
'Florence'

Two days later on our return to the beach Florence was still there, still smiling having escaped the tide’s ebb and flow.

And the kapok flowers provided inspiration for another tropical flower dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

kapok flower fairy dress

Fashion, Flowers & Fillies

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It’s  the Melbourne Cup today.

A time to frock up – a time for a flutter.

There will be winners and losers  in both  but my Garden Fairy knows how to turn heads on race day.Spring Carnival bonnet

 

Changing Hue

I let my vase of roses linger…I like the petals fading hues they remind me of my vintage velvet jacket the fabric bruised with wear and time only adds to its beauty.

The petals spill on the mantlepiece and I let them linger too.

As in Faded Glamour I’m inspire to turn them into a garden fairy’s gown.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Fabulously Festive

Magnetic Island bougainvilleas

Bougainvilleas are among the most colourful of flowering plants. Named after French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville they originate from the tropics and subtropics of South America.

You occasionally see one growing in a sunny spot in Tasmania but in Queensland they put on a spectacular display that is fabulously festive.

bougainvilleas on Magnetic Island

This tangle of several colours I photographed while on Magnetic Island, and I picked some to play with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Now my garden fairy is ready for a Summer Fiesta!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Pencil Sketch

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Sultry & Stirred

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

I photographed this Garden Fairy’s dress made from Bergenia flowers with my iPad. I like the unexpected effect – a grainy vintage sultry summer feel.

I imagine her standing outside in the late afternoon sun with the heat radiating off the buildings, the sun casting long shadows. Martinis being stirred, palm trees and a poolside location.

Maybe she was swimming earlier in the day in her St Tropez style ‘forget-me-not’ bikini..

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown circa 1950

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown 1950

Or perhaps I’ve been daydreaming a little as I start to think what to pack for going to Magnetic Island later in the week!

 

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