Saturday, 21 January 2017

Button making with Lorraine Brettle

Lorraine led a workshop today on button making. The amount of work she put into the preparation was incredible. Everybody had a decorated envelope with their button bases in. Everybody received their name embroidered ready to be decorated and turned into a button. There was fabric, paints, stamps, stencils, crayons, samples

Everybody is all ears as Lorraine introduced the day

Lorraine then showed us all the different ways we could decorate our buttons

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Lorraine showing us our decorated envelopes

Then it was down to work

Pat was very quick off the mark with her rabbit

Denise soon embroidered her name button

Patricia used the time to make some purple buttons for a particular project

Stamping and stencilling fabrics 

Carole focussed 

then came the actual making of the button

Kay using  load of welly to make the button

Spot the difference! tidy work area / untidy work area

the outcome was amazing the buttons are lovely. these are clare's

What on earth did Clare say????

A fabulous day was had by all. Many thanks to Lorraine and her 'Debbie McGee' Kay for your help and generosity. We all ended up with lovely buttons . 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ruth Lowe "The '60s"

We were packed into our lecture room today. Thankfully we were able to seat everyone who had arrived to our first lecture of the new year
We welcomed Ruth Lowe to share with us her love and passion for the 1960's and Mary Quant
Ruth was well prepared with a wonderful rack of clothes
Ruth's dress was not an original as it would have devalued the garment by constantly wearing it
There are various labels for the Mary Quant collection. The Bazaar label indicates that the garment was made in Mary's bedsit. The Biba label was introduced in 1971
This wedding dress was made in Mary's studio and is worth about £1,000
A daisy is the logo for Mary Quant. A Japanese company bought the logo and the business but not Mary's name
As skirt hems rose Mary designed tights; coloured, with seams, decorative with feathers at the ankle
The Ginger group label indicates a manufactured item. Mary was the first to break into the American market
This white dress has been modelled by Twiggy,  and has a matching coat
Mary's dresses had to be lengthened for the American market. We wore them very short in Britain

The black coat with coloured buttons
Mary wore all of her designs - a walking model
This dress in a combination of stripes and squares with a square label,  an indication that it was made in Mary's workshop
This dress with the popular Peter Pan collar and Paisley print
As seen on the Antiques Road Show. This dress 1963, was now being sold in Rackhams - the Ginger Group
This lovely coat is worth between £600-£800
This dress was made in Australia copying the Mary Quant design. Crimplene was developed by ICI

Ruth is modelling one of her favourite garments below

Mary Quant designed sewing and knitting patterns. We should remember her influence of Hot Pants, and know that she introduced wax pencils in make-up, eye shadows and 120 colours in nail Polish
Ruth stands behind her Mary Quant designer Mini car in the photograph. A prize winning car. Owning the car started Ruth's passion for all things designed by Mary Quant
Flat, long Go-go boots, 1967
Mary's signature on black patent
Mary Quant was influenced by the make-up and short flared skirts of the dancers and theatre. Her popular berets came after seeing school children wearing them.
The value of the items depends upon rarity with clothing

Thank you Ruth for sharing your experiences and knowledge with us. We had a lovely afternoon looking back and remembering our youth