Wirework

My Mum taught me to knit and crochet when I was eight years old and I have never looked back. 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.

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!

Winter Waistcoat: Ivy & Ice Forest Arts Wales

Winter Waistcoat: Ivy & Ice
Forest Arts Wales

Each of the three waistcoats are being exhibited in the window of the Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery in Carmarthen from 9 July to 5 August 2016.

Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery Carmarthen Summer 2016

Oriel Bevan Jones Gallery Carmarthen Summer 2016

This is the Autumn Waistcoat, made up of over a hundred oak leaves and a handful of acorns.

Accessories on the theme of the Autumn Waistcoat can be found in my Etsy shop linked to my home page.

Oak Leaf Waistcoat: Forest Arts Wales

Oak Leaf Waistcoat: Forest Arts Wales

 

This is the Spring Waistcoat.

I wore to my own hand fasting ceremony at the Summer Solstice 2014.

It represents an Almond Blossom tree and is made up using over a hundred small almond blossoms, buds and twigs and beads.

Accessories on the theme of the Almond Blossom can be found in my Etsy shop linked to my home page.

Almond Blossom (Spring) Waistcoat close: Forest Arts Wales

Almond Blossom (Spring) Waistcoat: Forest Arts Wales

 

The base of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat has been made up of over a thousand blades of grass in a myriad of shades of green, adorned with beads.

I sprinkled, buttercups, poppies over the entire waistcoat to compliment the daisies.

Summer Meadow Waistcoat. Forest Arts Wales

Summer Meadow Waistcoat. Forest Arts Wales

Accessories on the theme of the Summer Meadow can be found in my Etsy shop on the home page.

Buttercups are at the experimental stage and here are three variations. The yellow beads help enormously with the colour as there is no ‘yellow’ in scientific wire.

Buttercup Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Buttercup Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Daisy Pin was created as part of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat.

Daisy Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Daisy Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Cornflower Pin was created as part of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat.

Cornflower Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Cornflower Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Poppy Pin is the last of the flowers to be created as part of the Summer Meadow Waistcoat.

Poppy Pin. Forest Arts Wales

Poppy Pin. Forest Arts Wales

 

Oak Leaf Brooch was created as part of the Autumn Leaf Waistcoat. There are several varieties and variations in colour.

Accessories on the theme of the Autumn Leaf Waistcoat can be found in my Etsy shop on my home page.

Oak Leaf 2 brooch: Forest Arts Wales

Oak Leaf 2 brooch: Forest Arts Wales

 

Acorn hair grips were made during the creation of Autumn Leaf Waistcoat.

Acorn grips: Forest Arts Wales

Acorn grips: Forest Arts Wales

 

Almond Blossom Hair Slide were created during the creation of Spring Waistcoat.

Almond blossom hair comb: Forest Arts Wales

Almond blossom hair comb: Forest Arts Wales

 

Almond Blossom Grips were created during the creation of Spring Waistcoat.

Almond blossom grips: Forest Arts Wales

Almond blossom grips: Forest Arts Wales

 

I have had fun making hearts in a myriad of colour variations, enhanced with beads.

Heart green brooch: Forest Arts Wales

Heart green brooch: Forest Arts Wales

 

Dragonflies dancing around the pond inspire me with their ancient beauty. I made some into brooches to be pinned to clothing, hats or curtains.

Wirework Dragonfly brooch green side: Forest Arts Wales

Wirework Dragonfly brooch green side: Forest Arts Wales

 

Butterflies are so beautiful and lovely to have pinned to summer hats, clothing or just about anywhere they can be seen!

Wirework Butterfly brooch Forest Arts Wales

Wirework Butterfly brooch Forest Arts Wales