So we have a new house mate, to celebrate I made a new cushion for the living room with all of our initials on it – Katie, Sarah, Karl, Jon. I have some leather piece that I have dyed as well but I haven’t photographed them yet. I now have space for my lights so I waiting on setting those up before I post anything!
After spending a week of being ill, I was elated when I finally managed to be in a state where I could mange the concentration and strength involved in doing some leather working. I had felt quite trapped in my room so I celebrated by working on things that I could wear out in this mythical land outside the four walls I had been confined to. I worker on a cuff, choker and bracer. I’m still waiting on dyes so the only piece that is completed is the cuff pictured.
The cogs were a little to small to be tooled accurately at my current skill level, but I am still pleased with the outcome.
I used an image of vintage tattoo flash for my screen prints a while ago, I started reusing it for inspiration.
A few weeks ago I used it to do some appliqué on my circle skirt. Circle skirts are traditionally appliqué with poodle hence why there often called poodle skirts. I didn’t really fancy sewing a poodle onto my skirt, so I appliqué the design I used for the screen printing, Unfortunately I didn’t photograph it until after I had worn it out on my birthday, it defiantly lost some of its definition in the wash.
Since I been doing leather work I have imagined using this image for a cameo corset. I love the style of Louise Black cameo corsets but I want a front Busk. So I think this will mean using a front panel with two busk which is a style of corset I have seen used a lot by harlots and angels. I will have to adapt an existing pattern it’s just a case of deciding which one now.
I’m really pleased with this Leather tooling, even though it very clear that I have more experience carving flower than faces! Hopefully I will be able to use it on the finished corset. Just waiting on all of my dyes to turn up so I can start finishing it properly.
I have been experimenting with leather work. It’s something I wanted to try for while, this Christmas my parents kindly got me a beginners leather work kit. I’m still eating turkey sandwiches and I have made everything possible in the kit, I’ve ordered more supply on eBay and waiting with bated breath for them to arrive, holiday post sucks! At the moment I foresee Leather cos-play armour but once I am more used manipulating Leather a corset is in order. I can see a corset with a large carved leather cameo on the horizon.
I know there not Steampunk but I have been creatively inactive for a little while so I just wanted to do something silly and fun, in steps some watch parts from eBay and a glue gun!
I didn’t take much notice of the scaling of the watch part when I brought them so they were too small create a design, they are used best for adding texture. I’ve ordered some larger cog which I’m going to use on the side of the boot for the main decoration. I will post more picture with I add the big cogs.
So I attended a screen printing workshop at the London Textiles Studio today, it was amazing fun it felt great to have a Squeegee back in my hand, another thing that has been missing for about ten years. I’m really pleased with the results and about im about to spend a few hours internet shopping to get my own kit.
The Design is inspired from some vintage tattoo flash I’ve been experimenting with.