Have been a wee bit slack with the blog recently, but have not been slacking on the Full of Eastern Promise Project. Our research was started by a week’s drawing of some beautiful set ups:


Including this exquisite child’s mirrored jacket thickly embroidered in bright colours and with a wide selection of colourful buttons along the edging:


And this lovely number with a top and long skirt:


At the same time we have also been down in the library and on the Internet doing lots of research, which is being compiled in sketchbooks (still in progress). This includes determining the colour palette and initial inspiration:


Looking at Ralph Lauren and tribes people:


Cut work from Fendi and Islamic pattern:


Circular edges and Islamic architecture:


Henna designs and Indian embroidery:


Traditional garments from India and Palestine:


We have also been receiving some basic instruction in millinery learning to create:

  • professional fascinator bases
  • cubist roses in a range of sizes
  • sinamay bias strips that can be twisted and sculpted into a wide range of weird and wonderful designs

We have also been given a demonstration on blocking felt and sinamay over different shapes. I got really into the cubist rose technique and they seem to keep growing. Photos in the next blog…