Bobbin Lace Making

I have now fulfilled a desire that I have had for a long time! I have joined a ‘Lace Making’ Class and I love it. The existing ladies were all absolutely lovely to me, making me feel very welcome. The teacher, Irene is also very friendly and superb at teaching. I know I’m going to thoroughly enjoy it.

Bobbin Lace Making

Bobbin Lace Making








I have had the most marvellous opportunity of completing some work experience within the Wardrobe Department of Glyndebourne.

The staff were so welcoming and included me in all aspects of their daily routine. The knowledge that I gained by being there was phenomenal. I was taught many of their expert tips, and an insight into the construction of costumes worn within the Opera was most rewarding. While I was with the girls, I had the honour of working on the caging  of the lead in the Opera ‘Rusalka’.



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Success at Illumini

The Illimini Exhibition is going well and I have received lots of very positive comments. I thought I would include the following message about my dress, as it was so complimentary. Sarah Angelise visited the Exhibition on the opening night and contacting me giving these comments:

“Upon visiting the Illumini Event, I must notify you that the most exquisite and exceptional piece there is, is your dress. Congratulations!”

Sarah is a poetess, writer and reviewer, so her comments were greatly received.

Sarah’s work can be seen on her facebook page

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The Illumini Exhibition is opening Thursday 27th September 2012 and runs until Thursday 4th October inclusive, at Shoreditch Town Hall, London.

The exhibition is to celebrate Charles Dickens bicentenary, and includes works from various artists, and endeavours to take you on a journey of Victorian Hauntings, exploring the dark side of a city long forgotten.

I took inspiration for my contribution to the exhibition, from one of Dicken’s novels called “The Bride’s Chamber’. It is about a man who marries a young girl solely for her money. Once married he keeps her imprisoned in a room and slowly demoralises her, destroying her inner being, eventually crushing her soul, so much that she gives up the will to live and eventually dies.

I chose to design and make my interpretation of Ellen’s Wedding Dress, taking inspiration of Victorian dress and my vision of the torture incurred by her husband on her soul. As he was crushing and suffocating her soul, I used ropes and chains to represent the damage he was causing.

The dress was designed to be suspended, and is supported within the dress with steels and cane.  The centre of the bodice is illuminated with flickering LED lights representing her failing soul, entwined in feathers, rope and chains symbolising the materials used in her destruction. The neckline of the dress has a corsage of dying roses accompanied by the feathers of her soul.

Please follow the link attached to my photo, for further details of the exhibition.

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My ‘Vintage Style’ Clothes Label ‘Piperty’ is becoming more established, with individual commissions being carried out. I design and make bespoke garments to my customers specifications as well as having my own designs in a ‘Spring/Summer’ Collection. I have taken … Continue reading

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I’m delighted and very excited to be involved in the making of the costumes to be worn by performers at the ‘Olympic Torch Performance’ when the Olympic Torch arrives in Hull on 18th June 2012.

The Event Headed by Jay Jay Media, have assembled local artists and makers to produce an array of entertainment to be performed to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Hull. I will be part of a team putting together the fabulous costumes used by various performers within the event. The costumes are superbly designed to promote the aspects of Hull that we all hold close to our hearts, the architecture, the literary genius – Larkin, the white telephone boxes, the ‘Deep’, and of course the strong support of it’s football and rugby teams, the ‘Tigers’, ‘Rovers’ and ‘Airlie Birds’.

The torch was lit in Greece on 10th May 2012, and arrived on UK soil on Friday 18th May. It will wind it’s way around the country carried by selected relay runners, to arrive in Hull on 18th June, and there will be lots of celebrating taking place at West Park to commemorate the event.

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The atmosphere in West Park was electric, it was a beautiful summer evening and everyone was in good spirit. We watched from the big screen, all the ongoing preparations for the ‘London 2012’. Opening the evenings entertainment were a group of dance students from Wyke College in Hull, performing a dance routine centred around two Dutch Tourists visiting Hull, and all the attractions that they encounter. The routine featured ‘The Deep’, historic building such as the City Hall, the infamous  white telephone boxes, the Poet Larkin and of course his ‘Toads’, music from ‘Bowie’ and ‘House Martins’, both of which had members who were from Hull, Hull Fair was featured along with landmarks such as the ‘Humber Bridge’. The performance finished off with a celebration of the city’s two Rugby teams and football team playing in oversized kits. The city is passionate about their teams and their section depicted highlights of their success.

I was so proud to be part of the team making the costumes for the event, and have posted a few photographs of the evening below. Costume co-ordinator was Liz Dees, and I constructed the girl and boy ‘Tourist’ outfits, ‘The Tigers’ outfit and all the oversized gloves worn by the performers.

It was such an emotional evening with the torch being carried into the Park by a local girl who when born the Doctors claimed that she would never walk. She proved them wrong by not only conquering walking but who also became a gymnast. How inspirational!

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I’m so excited to have been selected to exhibit at the ‘Illumini Event’ 2012. The event is to celebrate Charles Dicken’s bicentenary, and will be based on Victorian London and the Victorian’s fascination with the supernatural. The Event will take place at ‘The Basement’ Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT, starting on Thursday 27th September – 4th October 2012.

My submission is based on my interpretation of the wedding dress worn by Ellen in Dicken’s novel ‘The Bride’s Chamber’. The story is based on a man who marries this young lady for her money then proceeds to kill her by destroying her soul bit by bit.

I have represented Ellen’s dress with a Victorian Wedding Dress, supported with a metal cage. The bodice is made from opaque fabric allowing the flicker of her dying soul, suffocated by ropes and chains, to be visible through the gown.

This is my design below, I will update with photos as to my progress.

From Charles Dickens Novel 'The Bride's Chamber'


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(n.) Craft Exhibition

Last night ( 3rd February 2012) I attended the (n.) Craft Exhibition Preview Evening at Artlink, Hull by invitation of Liz Dees, Costumier. She has made a beautiful coat of patchwork textures and colour which is a artwork in itself. The coat is fully lined and is fastened with hand made ceramic buttons.

The Exhibition is open from 3rd February to 24th March 2012, and there is a range of Artworks varying from Liz’s exceptional coat to ceramic and jewellery pieces, well worth a visit. There are also some craft workshops scheduled, contact Artlink for information.

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My love for historic fashion has inspired me to design and create ‘vintage style clothing’ for the woman of today. Made to measure garments which ooze ‘vintage’ made to individual customer specification, creating originality along with that perfect fit. Commissions can either be vintage inspired, vintage contemporary, depending on the desired look. My label is ‘Piperty’ and further details of this venture can be seen on my blog: Please feel free to follow the link within the photograph of the dress below to see more of my work, and if interested in securing a commission (no matter how small or large) please contact me on my email : 

The dress below is 1930’s inspired,  designed with a contemporary flare, and is on display in ‘Grandad’s Shed’ of market Weighton. The dress fits perfectly into the store, and can be seen in the window surrounded by the furniture, unique gifts, prints and jewellery which are available within the shop.

1930's inspired dress, on display in 'Grandad's Shed' Market Weighton

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