This piece was a specific commission for a wedding present.
The couple were getting married at The Horniman Museum, in the beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory. It is an all glass, elegant space full of original character and surrounded by award-winning gardens.
Creating the story
It was important to capture the elegance and grandeur of the glass Conservatory that the Bride's sister painted on the invitations.
Using sheer fabrics I was able to recreate the impression of glass and net replicated the hundreds of glass tiles on the roof. Free motion embroidery created the many levels, panels and intricate ironwork around all the windows and doors - it was quite a feat to get the perspective right.
Lizzie's grandparents had both passed away so I made the design even more precious by including fabrics from them both. A silk shirt for the peacocks tails and a favourite summer skirt for some of the trees. These were enhanced with embroidery as was the garden with it's beading and french knots.