I can honestly say that creating with fabric is in my blood. I am inspired by fabric. I love the different textures, the weight, the fall, the sheen, the shades. Being surrounded by metres and metres of fabric makes me ridiculously happy. I feel like a kid in the proverbial candy store. I was able to change careers in 2005 and I now enjoy the privilege of working with finer fabrics, fabric suitable for creating gowns that brides dream of.
Even now, thinking of the sheen of silk, the dreamy drape of chiffon, the subtle sparkle of crystal beading, the textures of raw silk and lace ... my heart beats a little faster and my mind starts running wild at all the possibilities!
Add to this the ability to transform a flat piece of fabric into a garment that not only shows off the attributes of the fabric itself but that enhances the joy and beauty of the bride. It fascinates me how the 1000's of little stitches, applied in the correct sequence, can hold this vision together. The motto for my little studio has always been "Memories are stitched with love". And, I think this shows.
The cherry on top, though, is the people I meet. I am inspired by the excitement and love of the bride-to-be. I love how different each person is, how varied their approach to planning their wedding, their personal style, their choices in wedding dresses and accessories. I love watching their reaction as their dream comes to life, the excitement when they finally get to take their creation home with them.
Well, there you have it. 'My' brides and the fabrics they choose. That is my inspiration.