Respecting the Craft, it’s what we do….

cutwork leather tunic top

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Personally, I am incredibly frustrated with the lack of natural fibers available in women’s clothing today.

Men have far greater options when it comes to choices in clothing – and natural fibers are much more available to them.

When you shop women’s clothing, no matter the¬†price point – the vast majority of it is synthetic, and nasty ones at that. ¬†Here the NYT’s touches¬†on just the tip of the iceberg as far as what happens to these nasty petroleum products.

It’s not pretty.

If you know me,  you know I use almost exclusively natural fibers.  Synthetics  are used on a very limited basis & all of my pieces are crafted to last for many, many years. I would not have it any other way!

When I create a piece, ¬†I have to respect my effort, ¬†the beautiful raw materials and my client’s desires and investment. ¬†This in a nut shell is my modus operandi!

Here is a little working example:

This simple cotton and cutwork leather tunic top began it’s life as a crazy experiment. ¬†One of the things I most enjoy doing when I have the opportunity is to challenge myself with techniques and materials.

I¬†made this top¬†on a base of 100% cotton Bobbinet – it’s¬†a delicate tulle weave, without any stretch past what the weave allows – made in Switzerland, where the best cottons are woven. ¬†The leather used is a very light, crinkled paperweight lamb skin.

The cotton netting layer is cut and then lightly tacked to the leather with a temporary adhesive.  Next, the design is hand-traced onto each piece.  I kept the design very freeform and animalistic,  keeping in mind the positive/ negative look I was going for.

Once stitched the negative spaces are trimmed out.  All of the work on this piece is done by hand, it is not computerized.  An intricate process Рespecially because of the fragile base fabric, and highly labor intensive.  But, the finished top is well worth the effort.  Effortless, simple, versatile, wearable & a really comfortable, one-of-a-kind piece.  Additionally, it is no longer anywhere near as delicate as the original fabric.  The tulle is greatly strengthened by the leather.  Even better, it breathes!

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: ¬†its loveliness increases; ¬†it will never pass into nothingness.”

 

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