12hrs to go – all about the Unicorn

Helen Teiman photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. 
Helen Teiman photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. 

Our books for the Where Angels curated corsetry collection close in 12 hours.

So I thought I would share a little bit about the Unicorn corset, Pyrite’s sister at our castle photoshoot.

Unicorn was made as a less colourful design, with muted gold duchess base highlighted by pearl and crystal details. But do you know where the clear crystal at top came from? And what of the shell at centre?
 

Helen Teiman photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. 
Helen Teiman photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. 

Well the shell is a piece I have been carrying around for years and years. It must be over a decade now. I had it simply because it was beautiful, and kept wondering how to “use” it. In a painting? A sculpture? At one point I used it as part of a still-life, trying to learn how to use my first digital camera. I didn’t get very far with photography at that point! The “exposure triangle” really confused me, though looking back I realise that it was largely the unintuitive function of the camera that was so confusing to a beginner… Far better to have a camera where aperture, shutter, and ISO are all easy to find!

Of course over the years I considered using this shell for a unicorn corset… But how to do it beautifully?! It seemed impossible. I think we did quite well with Unicorn though. The trick was to move away from the fairies and rainbows side of unicorns, back towards the heraldic and regal connotations of them. Indeed, if I could find an antique narwhal horn I’m sure I would find a way to use it for something.

Sarah Simms photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Hair-vine by Eva Marie Accessories. 
Sarah Simms photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Hair-vine by Eva Marie Accessories. 

And the clear quartz at upper centre? Well that was from 2007, if I remember correctly… I was playing with silver clay and crystals, making little pieces of jewellery. I had some bits of dark smokey quartz and amethyst on my window cill which I decided to use. Silver clay works by heating and burning away the binder, leaving the metal behind. As such, any crystals will also be heated. So there was me in my dinky post-student house, periodically stealing my house-mate’s sewing machine and occasionally heating non-food items over a gas hob in the kitchen. Hurrah for crafting! 

Guess what happens to amethyst when you heat it up… It turns yellow. And smokey quartz? It goes clear!

Having discovered I was an alchemist I did nothing with those skills. But I kept the quartz, as it was somehow more clear and sparkly than most proper clear quartz. Then, years later, this bit of formerly-smokey quartz suddenly had a purpose.

Lowana O'Shea photographed by Jenni Hampshire. 
Lowana O’Shea photographed by Jenni Hampshire. 

I love that sometimes a piece of creative work is years in the making, even if unintentionally. It has taken thirty-three years of life and about eight years of Sparklewren to reach the Where Angels collection. If we combine that with your own life and creativity, the results will be truly unique.

Helen Teiman by InaGlo Photography. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. Whilst new bespoke pieces are available through the curated collection, do note that Unicorn herself is available as a discounted sample in our Winter Sale. 
Helen Teiman by InaGlo Photography. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. Whilst new bespoke pieces are available through the curated collection, do note that Unicorn herself is available as a discounted sample in our Winter Sale. 

That’s the wonderful thing about the bespoke experience. We’re creating something together that has never existed before and will never exist again. Accidents, collisions, daydreams, communication, creation. How wonderful!

Helen Teiman in Pyrite and Sarah Simms in Unicorn, photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. Hair-vine by Eva Marie Accessories. 
Helen Teiman in Pyrite and Sarah Simms in Unicorn, photographed by Jenni Hampshire. MUAH by Sarah Stonehouse-Robinson. Crown by Kathryn Russell. Hair-vine by Eva Marie Accessories. 

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