Category Archives: Botanical Couture

Woodland Botanical Couture (2)

Here is the sequel to the first part of the photo shoot  that was posted a few days ago. Photos: Gwendolyn Severson (@botanicallyinspires) and Alba Betancourt Model: Nicholas Lemere (@nicholaslemere) Space: Tendue Bracelets, rings and earrings designed by Gwendolyn Severson Mask/headpieces and necklaces designed by Françoise Weeks

Woodland Botanical Couture (1)

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a woodland mask, flower crown and bow tie that I had made for a commercial for Oregon Bride Magazine. The video announced their annual bridal show Urban Unveiled  that took place earlier this month at Montgomery Park. It was thrilling that the magazine hired me to do […]

Botanical Mask for a new video for Urban Unveiled Portland 2017: Enchanted Forest

Thank you Heather Matheny for inviting me last month to design a botanical mask, flower crown and bow tie for a commercial to promote Oregon Bride’s Magazine ‘Urban Unveiled 2017‘. Many thanks to Stephanie Jarstad for the fabulous pictures! What a great team we worked with: Video: Moving Pictures Gowns: Anna’s Bridal Boutique Hair and […]

Botanical Headpiece for Halloween!

A friend suggested that I would make a headpiece with black feathers and chocolate/burgundy flowers. Fortunately we didn’t have any frost yet, so I found plenty of dahlias, chocolate cosmos, hypericum and pokeweed from local growers.  I supplemented them with kangaroo paws, callas, roses,  and dark succulents… Photographer Ted Mishima contacted model Heather Irish Collins […]

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 […]