Archive for February, 2011

margolily colours and stitches

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Wedding season is truly upon margolily! Here I sit in a flurry of ivory tulle cutting out flowers, twisting pewter sparkles with silver and pressing dried hydrangeas into silk and pearl blossoms. I feel like I am in a floating little spring cloud! And then the bridesmaids…peacock feathers are everywhere! Margolily Mama picked up some gorgeous and enormous peacock feathers at the Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia and I am busily turning them into an array of headpieces! Lots of dusky pink appearing for bridesmaids too, just putting the finishing touches on an olive and pink affair inspired by the piece below…

Olive Feather Headpiece

Not quite bridal but did anyone see Paloma Faith’s wild headpiece at the Brit Awards? It was made by theatrical milliner Victoria Grant, she has designed some very cool head gear! Loving all the red sparkles!

World Parrot Trust

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A message to say thank you to those thoughtfully glamorous gals who chose to buy, wear and design turquoise margolily headpieces, 50% of every turquoise headpiece sold will be donated to the World Parrot Trust in memory of the devastatingly beautiful Spix’s Macaw, believed to be extinct in the wild. I’m just doing my sums and will make a donation on your behalf next week.

Turquoise feather piece and sari silk flower

Turquoise feather piece and sari silk flower

 If you fancy learning the story of the blue parrots, Spix’s Macaw – The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird by Tony Juniper describes how these incredible birds which ‘talk, love and grieve struggle against extinction’. The above margolily headpiece was inspired by this book.

margolily goes to hollywood

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Margolily is in love again! This time with a photo! Timi is a Hungarian photographer living and studying in Edinburgh,  she popped into Kakao by K to borrow some margolily headpieces for a photo shoot and just look what the girl did! The story behind this piece comes from my drawing around a vintage hat in Dundee’s Mcmanus Galleries with milliner Jeanette Sendler. This then became the pattern for the blocked and glamorous bow shaped headpiece, the gold flecked fabric was an upcycled frock, a dalliance of netting for intrigue and much bad tempered trial and error created the luxurious gold lining! Makes me think of Hollywood screen sirens and 1940′s beauties! Thanks to Timi for her beautiful photographs xx