And here it is, my beautiful headband, with the real pearls, taken from the remains of a Victorian choker which belonged to the great-aunt of my teacher, mentor and friend, Jacqueline Liekens. I love it, and think it's a great start to an opulent work of art. Hope you like it too - let me know!
While many people are happy enough to have a portrait of themselves on show, most people would be a little self-conscious to have many photographs of themselves displayed in one place. So I came up with my idea of portrait books.
I have been dreaming of things Russian since I saw the Anna Karenina film. last year. The sumptuousness of the costumes, the jewels, the architecture. And then I found this book, in Pierre Coomans' wonderful antique books shop. Instant coup-de-foudre.
How fitting that I should be working on a Russian book during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Funny how life sometimes does that to you, themes and ideas converging. Just look at the illustrations.
And this is just one of them. I have created an exquisite headband, with real pearls - I will add a photo shortly. And these will not be the only real jewels. I have some diamonds, and some rough cut emeralds, and I am trying to source some rubies and sapphires.
And the leathers? Kingfisher blues, emerald greens, burnt oranges, drawn from all my favourite suppliers: Norro in Brussels, Peausserie Poulain and Relma in Paris. This is going to be one hell of a binding, I promise.. Technically devilish, but worth in in the end.