Painting Peonies onto a silk bridal corset
Painting Peonies onto a silk bridal corset; One of the reasons I love Corsets is because I feel they are a ‘Blank canvas’. Usually created in silks, printed, plain, embroidered and embellished. I was approached by Florist, Kathryn Delve who owns Bespoke Blooms. To collaborate on a project to decorate the main shop Window of Bridal Boutique ‘The White Collection‘. Kathryn asked to borrow a Corset and Skirt or gown to use as a backdrop for a dramatic Peonie Floral display which would depict a bridal scene.
The brief stated the use of many beautiful flowers and foliage but key was pale Pink Peonies. This seemed an ideal opportunity to create something new as I am often so busy with commissions. I began ideas on Painting a silk bridal corset with peonies.
We shared Peonie inspiration over a Pinterest board, met up and shared ideas and possibilities. I’ve always loved painting since Art college where I studied a post grad in Illustration. I was a little apprehensive about my standard of work as I hadn’t developed this area since studying as working life is always busy along with 3 children, dogs and cats.
I found the correct silk paints that were fit for purpose in the local craft shop. I always have a smallish supply of good quality silks in the studio so materials were ready at hand.
A corset is the perfect opportunity as a base for embellishment including painting peonies or flowers as it’s small and is easy to relate to a theme which is what is often required by my corset customers.
More ideas to come. Painting a silk bridal corset. In September I was delighted to be invited to take part in a photo shoot. I took along several options but also thought it would be great to see this corset on a real body. Caroline Hutchins was the model. She is also a painter herself and runs another business in Somerset called ‘Ophelia Designs’. The Photographer, Venetia Norrinton and I have worked together before and it won’t be the last time so watch this space… These photos were released as a sneaky peek but there are plenty more to follow. Check out Firetop-photo– which Venetia established several years ago and now operates from central Bristol . The Somerset based make up artist , Genevieve also styled Carolines hair as well as create a beautiful natural look for her cosmetics.
I am planning to paint ‘Forget me not flowers’ onto this corset and enhance with some embroidery silks.