Research & Production 

looking ◦ thinking ◦ sketching ◦ making

In the studio at The House of Embroidered Paper

Ok, so these garments aren't currently hidden from public view which is why I'm posting the images here rather than on The Hidden Wardrobe but The Natio...

Sketch of the 1720 Shoe by The House of Embroidered Paper

The Annunciation with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli 1485 (National Gallery)

If there's a bird...

Sketch of the 1890 Shoe by The House of Embroidered Paper

I've added another shoe to the timeline of the 300 Years of Shoes collection.

This time inspired...

Sketch of the 1830 by the House of Embroidered Paper

Early nineteenth century botanical illustrations and engravings are wonderful for their detail, intr...

During the Regency era: "The spencer was worn as a cardigan, or as a short, fitted jacket cut to just above waist level, or, in Empire style, to the bus...

During the French revolution the fashion for all things Neoclassical dramatically changed the way the female form was dressed. Extreme corsetry, pannier...

The Regency era was the last period in which buttons were hand-made. From 1850 machine-made buttons took over, coming from factories in the developing i...

A pelisse was originally a short fur lined or fur trimmed military jacket. In the early 19th century the name became applied also to a fashionable style...

As I became quite enthralled to the making of shoes I began a visual timeline, at first just for myself, as a visual aid, for reference. Please note tha...

Last Wednesday I heard I'd been awarded an Arts Council grant. After a year of preparation and proposals and a few very tense few weeks waiting, I have...

Rolledpaper work, filigree work, or as it is now known, quilling, was a popular pastime for accomplished young ladies in the late 18th/early 19th centur...

“The effect…of beautiful objects, or variety of objects, & especially of brilliancy of colours is hardly at all appreciated…People say the effect is on...

In a remarkable moment of serendipity I have just inherited a printed fan. My aunt has given me one that belonged to my great grandmother. Broken it may...

Last month I visited The Fan Museum in Greenwich for the very first time.

I went along with period costume creator/collector Stephanie Selmayr and we wer...


A couple of months ago, as part of my research into the use of paper in art during the Regency era, I discovered the work of Mary Delaney. She was 72 w...

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