My Mum also taught me to crochet. Since an early age I have always admired any detail in the back view of clothes. For a long time I have made waistcoats enhancing the back view and they became a bit of a statement for me.
After years of designing and knitting, the desire to create a waistcoat from wire became absorbing.
I hatched a plan to make a waistcoat for each season using coloured copper scientific wire and beads.
I was over the moon to be given the window at the Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery for an exhibition running 9 July to 5 August 2016 to show the three completed waistcoats.
My dream came true October 2017. After completing the Winter Waistcoat: Ivy and Ice, the Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery are showing all Four Seasons together until the end of November 2017. I am over the moon!
This is the Autumn Waistcoat, the first waistcoat I designed and made. It is made up of over a hundred oak leaves and a handful of acorns.
This is the front of the Spring Waistcoat, the second waistcoat I designed and made. I wore to my own hand fasting ceremony at the Summer Solstice 2014.
This is the Summer Meadow Waistcoat.
The shape will have the same long tail as the Autumn and Spring waistcoats. The base of the Summer Waistcoat will be made up of over a thousand blades of grass in a myriad of shades of green, adorned with beads. Daisies, buttercups, and poppies over the entire waistcoat.
Daisy Brooch was created as part of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat.
Cornflower Brooch was created as part of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat, but not used on the waistcoat.
Dragonflies humming around the pond inspire me with their ancient beauty. The brooches can be pinned to clothing, hats or curtains.
Butterflies always make me smile. The brooches can be pinned to almost anything!
My fascination with beautiful shaped leaves is ongoing. I particularly like Begonia leaves.
And the vibrant colours within Virginia Creeper leaves.
The red stalk fascinated me on the pear shaped leaf.
Our two cats are also a source of constant fascination and inspiration!