My beautiful client in her bespoke Tjärn corset. Elle sent me many inspiration images and we discussed ideas a lot, looking through drawings from Swedish fairytales, paintings of nymphs from John William Waterhouse, and photographs of antique corsets for detail inspirations. In the end, we focused the piece around the notion of “dark waters”, uncertainty, depth, danger… We found we were both drawn to the idea of Sirens, so that became a starting point, until the tjärns themselves took over. I wanted it to be at home within the imagery Elle had sent me as inspiration, so the corset was all about tone, texture and layering, with silk satin that has been scrubbed and painted before the embellishment of lace, tulle and beading was worked. I adore it, and Elle does too.
We will next be collaborating on a shy and delicate sister piece to Tjärn, something more pale and muted.
Daydreaming through the creation of Elle’s corset was also especially lovely, as I was reminded of Dock Tarn in the Lake District. It is only a tiny place and not so dark or mysterious or blocked in by forest as the tjärns of our inspiration… but it is a place I love and hope to visit again.