Painting Peonies on a silk bridal corset

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.

experimenting with silk paints

painting with silk pints on a silk corset

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Kathryns Peonies

Kathryns Peonies

Kathryn and her business featured in Prima Magazine earlier this year

Kathryn and her business featured in Prima Magazine earlier this year

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Plenty of Colour mixing going on and the paints have a really good texture

Plenty of Colour mixing going on and the paints have a really good texture

Side view of the Corset positioned onto a mannequin

Side view of the Painted Peonies on the Corset positioned onto a mannequin showing all the channels that carry the steele boning which I always purchase from Vena cava design

View from above

View from above . This shows the lacing up at the back of the corset with the strokes of paint emulating the peonies.

Side view

Side view of the corset while it is being laced up onto the mannequin

Getting ready to dress the window of the bridal shop, whilst the Florist ladies prepare their work

Getting ready to dress the window of the bridal shop, whilst the Florist ladies prepare their work. The corset doesn’t have a centre front busk closure in this instance as this is often the case with brides.

Kathryn Delve of Bespoke Blooms at work

Kathryn Delve of Bespoke Blooms at work building the bustle onto the back of the Skirt

Stephanie Eastwood of Stephanie Eastwood floral Design

Stephanie Eastwood of ‘Stephanie Eastwood floral Design’

The finished look, styled and displayed in the window with Painted Peonies and fresh Peonies

The finished look, styled and displayed in the window of ‘The White Collection’ bridal Boutique, Clevedon. Bristol

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.

lavender corset

I am planning to paint ‘Forget me not flowers’ onto this corset and enhance with some embroidery silks.

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