Autumn appeals to me with its vivid colours and the excuse to pull out the packed-away knits. With the heater gently warming the room, a
paintbrush at hand and all wrapped up...there's happiness in the simple pleasures. The mini tree I can see from my window spent a period looking
like it was on fire. It's just shed the last of its flame-like leaves and winter is definitely surfacing.
My favourite Disney movie growing up was Pocahontas. A part of my love for nature must have stemmed from it - with her free spirit, finding her own
way and effortlessly water-rafting like the best of them! Sprawling leaves in the park were collected to form pockets of colour; inspired by a famous
song from the film. Pretty clusters of texture resemble petalled skirts, with the gingko leaves being a favourite from the bunch.
In the beadtrove, a smoky quartz piece caught my eye. Cut and polished into a teardrop shape, the crackled detail reflects the way in which leaves
crumble. Taking inspiration from fashion, a Balmain S/S17 design embraces the stone as a miniature bag. Semi-precious pebbles were also used for
a Chloé dress, where little leafy feathers appear to sway as she walks.
Scattering the leaves, bursts of yellow remind me of Richmond Parks golden landscape. Many of the leaves were pressed, where the colours
became more subdued. Still retaining their charm, they'll be ideal for incorporating into future designs. The various sizes work together, with giant
maple leaves taking centre stage. Laying the same leaves in formation, they're reminiscent of a miniature forest.
The wooden beads have been foraged by the local people of the beautiful Philippines islands, where the ecological aspect of fashion is important.
The plot of Pocahontas also makes you think about standing up for what you believe in, even where it isn't easy. It's heartening to hear that
the indiginous people of Standing Rock have won their deserved rights to clean water; a right that should never have been challenged.
I can't believe it's already been a year since I took a palette to the park, Back in the atelier, I was reminded of how much fun leaf-printing is! The
paint picked up the vein-details, for a delicate imprint. The beauty is in no print being exactly the same. Evergreen, burnt orange and golden hues
blended for a mottled pattern, A leaf-tail gown drapes in bronze and crimson...the festive feels are well and truly here.
With the fun had painting Poca, encapsulating elements of other Disney princess is possibly on the horizon?
The compass charm at hand acts as a small reminder to stay the course. December always feels like a good point to reflect on all that's come to be.
With a new year on the horizon, I hope you find yourself following a path which makes you happy, wherever it should lead you.
Oh, the introspection. Happy New Year!