I recently recreated Women’s Land Army uniforms (shirt, breeches and jumper) for a short film. I also had a number of ties recreated from an original WLA tie.
‘Roses’ is a short film (unfinished) starring Tiffany Haynes and directed by Nic Loven.
The most iconic of all American paintings, American Gothic, was the inspiration for another of our short painting/technology inspired video sketches.
Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Mona Lisa, thought to beLisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine silk merchant, is magnificently enigmatic. Even her clothing veils her in mystery. In order to recreate her clothes I had to peel back the layers as the swathes of dark silk mask the details of her dress giving only hints of the garments that lie beneath.
In 2011, we made a museum film about the history of four Lincolnshire windmills. As part of the film we recreated the family photograph of the miller and his family. Apart from the two men’s suits, I replicated all of the clothes in this picture from the boy’s wool suits to the girls’ linen sailor dresses and the ladies skirts and blouses. Continue reading “Recreating an Edwardian Photograph”
The Luttrell Psalter is a medieval manuscipt which was created around 1325-1340 for a Lincolnshire Lord. In 2006/2007 I co-produced and costumed a filmed dramatisation of the images of everyday medival life in the Luttrell Psalter film, many of which take the form of comic sketches. We took the decision early on in the process of making the Luttrell Psalter film, and in consultation with The Collection (the museum in Lincoln for whom the film was made), to reproduce recognisable images from the Psalter rather than to reinterpret them. Continue reading “Luttrell Psalter Film”
The 18th century is probably my favourite period of dress.
I always begin any period of dress with the foundation garments as they dictate the fashionable period shape. I have recently made a number of new pairs of stays – eau-de-nil silk damask (worn by actress Tiffany Haynes) and the cream silk damask and salmon-pink silk damask, both rolled for storage. These now add to quite a collection of stays!
We recreated the portrait of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys, by John Hayls, for a short, comic sketch.
Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer.
‘Recreating Johannes Vermeer’s iconic and enigmatic painting Girl with a Pearl Earring was an irresistible temptation. In fact I had been considering this for some time and had already collected a number of yellow and blue silks that were tucked away safely somewhere in my textiles stash’.
Eleanor Glanville was the first English female lepidopterist. She has a butterfly named after her, the Glanville Fritillary, which was initially known as the Lincolnshire Fritillary as that was where she first captured it in the 1690’s.