Previously on the blog I posted about the collaboration between me and artist Karen Lyons. This collaboration has been a long process, it all started with us discussing my company not only selling unique products that are never mass produced but also manufactured in materials printed by Violet Flamingo.
Initially we discussed ideas I had for a tattoo and styles of illustration I prefer, I’ve always loved Karen’s work and the idea of her illustration on my clothing sounded perfect. The main image I had in mind was of a skeleton flamingo Karen was up for the challenge and I was thrilled she wanted to get involved.
Before going to University I studied Fashion design with textiles and have always had a passion for creating my own prints and various dying techniques that can be applied to fabrics. So the first step we took was to look at screen printing, this is process I’d done before but wasn’t sure if it’d work for these images but we gave it a shot. The first one we started with was the image below, we were both concerned about keeping as much detail as possible so the quality of the print had to be perfect.
As you can see from these tests the ink bled and unfortunately lots of the detail just disappeared. From this point I started to look around at other companies that could help us with our project. There had to be a process that kept all the beautiful details of Karen drawings when transferred onto fabric.
A picture of me in the studio wearing my Kira mac and generally feeling like a ninja. Honestly you do feel like a ninja! This coat is a statement garment for any wardrobe, never mass produced and as individual as the owner.
Kira is water replant and the hood is fully detachable. The oversized hood also comes in a little purse so you can carry it around in your bag. As we all know the British weather can change from hour to hour!
Available in the ready-to-wear shop sizes 8-10, 12-14 and 16-18. £265.00.
Here is one of my lovely clients in her Violet Flamingo bespoke Bridal gown.
Becky visited me and discussed her ideas for the big day, she wanted something with a vintage twist, definitely a 1950’s style, it had to be comfortable for the whole day and incorporating some delicate embellishment.
The venue was the amazing Victoria Baths in Manchester, which is such a beautiful building. If you are planning your big day you have to look at this venue – http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk/
When Matthew initially proposed to Becky the ring contained a clear circular stone with birds inside, this stone unfortunately fell out of the ring and Becky then got a replacement. She wanted to incorporate the bird design somewhere within her dress.
I suggested setting this stone into resin and making it into a button, the other buttons were created by scanning the original stone and changing the scale slightly. From this process I handmade a whole set and the top button was the initial stone Matthew gave to her when they got engaged.
This was a beautiful personal touch I added to the design, Becky later commented that Matthew loved this little addition to her unique Violet Flamingo dress.
The ready-to-wear range I create at Violet Flamingo is always limited edition, I never manufacture any of the pieces more than fifty times, though some only come in a limited batch of ten. It all depends on how exclusive I want to keep that certain design in that chosen colour.
For some time now I have been working with artist Karen Lyons, Karen has been creating drawings which will be used as prints within the Violet Flamingo range. Her new website has launched and if you follow the link you can see the initial images from the Flamingoes series.
Apologies for being quite over the last few weeks, I’ve had some bad news and just been focusing on current clients. I’ll be back in the studio in full swing next week and I’m sure my usual social media bombardment will commence!
Here is a little teaser from a shoot we did in Ebor Studio, Photographer – Bob France, Model/hair/MUA – Hettie Haywood.