Research & Production

making - sketching - looking - thinking

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Please note: the audio clips on this blog are recorded in the nature of a sound sketchbook, they are not finished works, the sound quality reflects this; they offer the chance to listen into conversations that form parts of research trips and to hear snippets of related reading

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 of woman's coat.

The origins of the pelisse:

"...The style of uniform incorporating the pelisse originated with the Hu...

Quite enthralled to shoes I've devised this timeline for reference as I begin to consider completing The Glittering Wings collection of single shoes (left shoes) which will have two Regency era pieces at its heart and culminate in the 21st century high heel Halcyon Nig...

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 the say so to begin. Thanks is also due to The Textile Society who have awarded me a Professional development award r...

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 centuries. The first known forms of this type of decoration, which is made by decorating items with many, many rolled and p...

“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 the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affect...

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 be but owning an example alike those I saw at The Fan Museum (see last blog post) feels like a very great privilege.

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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 were extremely fortunate to have a private tour conducted by Art Historian and secretary of The Fan Circle International...


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 when she began producing Paper Mosaicks, as she called them, in 1772. The dates of her life (1700 - 1788) mean that in...

detail/button from a Regency frock coat - Worthing museum store

“The physicist William Tiller has demonstrated that thoughts can change the chemical nature of things and the space surrounding them. It is very likely then, that our clothing contains a record of our feeli...

How to begin? At Maison de Papier, the exhibition that closed my residency at Danny House last year, I was approached by a volunteer from The Regency Town House, Brighton (TRTH). TRTH is being developed as a museum/heritage centre focusing on the history of no.s 10 & 1...

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