This is my entry for The Story of the Craftswoman and Seamstress; a challenge at Inspiration Avenue Team. It is my week for hosting the challenge and I just love incorporating all feminine crafts, and especially sewing, embroidery, and creative needlework, into my pieces. Just a wee note for all the manly crafters out there, feminine crafts do not refer to the gender of the crafter, but to the nature of the craft. In Jungian terms, the feminine is seen as the nurturing, birthing, creating, feeding, nourishing and embracing.
I made another shadow box of course! I also love to paint in oils and acrylics and mixed media, but my first love are the shadow boxes. To me they seem like miniature worlds captured in a frame!
This is the shop of a victorian dressmaker. She is a paperdoll, put together with pieces and parts of paperdoll clothes, a stamped paperdoll head, plenty of lace and porcelain arms.
The shoes are too adorable. They are a pair of black Barbie doll shoes that I attached two violet roses onto. And a matching handbag! with a navy blue and white madonna on it.
She is standing in her milliner's shop, this craftswoman and seamstress
surrounded by the tools of her trade : needles adorned with pearls and crystal beads; a vintage pair of scissors, a mannequin, a dressmaker's mannequin, a mannequin head, a piece of vintage cloth measuring tape, an old key and more. Oh what a graceful time it was! although it must have been very uncomfortable to sew whilst wearing all those layers of lace and crinoline!
The dressmaker's mannequin in the background I decorated with ribbon roses.
She has a mannequin head in her display window with the latest Victorian hat! I made the tiny little hat from the plastic end of a tassel and I added lace, tiny roses and a very immodest feather!
The lace curtains of the shop is decorated with many gold roses. The shop is wallpapered with victorian paper, lace, ribbons, vintage newspaper ads, a victorian die cut basket of roses.
Please step in and be measured for that special gown! Pop over to Inspiration Avenue and see all the other loveliness that has been created and join us in the fun!