Category Archives: Botanical Couture

Botanical Dress

Last week I had the pleasure to create a botanical dress, purses, shoes and jewelry for the grand opening of the new store of Neapolitan – ‘the most exclusive in women’s luxury ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, and jewelry from the world’s top designers’ – in Chicago. Thank you  Nancy Chase for the opportunity!

Botanical Couture: Earrings

  photo: Theresa Bear To make the botanical earrings you can either buy inexpensive earrings (some bead stores offer great selections) or make your own, using flatwire and create any shape you like. For durability, using succulents and textures only is the way to go. I like to de-construct flowers as this offers endless possibilities […]

Botanical Couture: Necklaces

photo @takenbysarah The botanical necklaces are super fun to make and  will embellish any dress or blouse beautifully! I like to incorporate small flowers and blossoms, being mindful to use flowers that will  hold up out of water for at least 24 hours. If only succulents and textures are used, the necklaces will last for […]

Botanical Couture with David Austin Roses

A botanical shoe, purse and headpiece featuring the gorgeous David Austin garden roses, sponsored by Alexandra Farms. Photos: Joni Shimabukuro

Botanical Couture for Milieu Magazine

For quite a few years I had dreamed of doing a botanical dress – and I also knew that the project would have to be sponsored …I got lucky about a year ago. Pamela Pierce, editor of Milieu Magazine called last spring and invited me to make a botanical skirt with blue spring flowers. I […]

Botanical Parasol

Last Sunday Ted Mishima  and I teamed up again to do a photo shoot. Model Kari Renée brought an impressive ward robe – and I loved her work! Lots of seasonal textures and some flowers covered this parasol – Many of them were sponsored by Rose Hill Flower Farm. Thank you Elizabeth for your wonderful […]

Phalaenopsis Headpiece

Thank you Ted Mishima for inviting me to another photo shoot and thank you Fayren for the fabulous modeling!

Spring Flowers for Oregon Art Beat’s Fundraiser ( 1)

Katherine Sealy, with Event Cosmetics, and dA:dA HAIR hosted a fundraiser for OPB’s  Oregon Art Beat this past weekend. Katherine invited me to do the flowers for this special event. Thank you Andie Petkus for the great pictures!

Textured Vase with Blooming Branches

Oregon Bride Magazine ordered a couple of large arrangements for their booth for the Portland Bridal Show this weekend. It is such a delight when clients  give us carte blanche; thank you Heather! For years I have decorated endless numbers of small containers with textures, but never a large vessel. I bought the largest French […]

Botanical Necklace & Ring

Last week I received a message from a lady in Delaware; she had seen the pictures of the botanical dress and necklace that I had posted a few days earlier. I was delighted to craft a necklace and ring for her; both are made with a variety of small succulents and seasonal textures.