The multicoloured gallery.

'Ruffles' Wall
'Ruffles' Wall

Photographed at Littledale by Luke Perkin

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'Ruffles' Tree Standing
'Ruffles' Tree Standing

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'Ruffles' Tree
'Ruffles' Tree

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'Ruffles' Wall
'Ruffles' Wall

Photographed at Littledale by Luke Perkin

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Ruffles

2013

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Metres upon metres of fabric strips have been gathered into ruffles, and sewn in a spiral from the hem of the skirt to the waist. This is a fun effect, with much potential for recreating in different colours and at different lengths- perhaps in full length bridal gowns. 

Spinning in the Square
Spinning in the Square

Photographed In Hawkshead by Luke Perkin

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Forest Spin
Forest Spin

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'Yellow Pattern Dress'
'Yellow Pattern Dress'

Photographed outside Hawkshead church

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Spinning in the Square
Spinning in the Square

Photographed In Hawkshead by Luke Perkin

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Yellow Pattern Dress

2014

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The idea for this dress came entirely from the fabric itself. It was the most eye catching and cheerful fabric in the shop, and was begging to be transformed into something fabulous, in spite of it not being a conventional fabric for a floor length gown. The mass of jersey strips create lots of movement, making it a fun dress to wear!

Half glow
Half glow

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glow
glow

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Shoulders
Shoulders

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Half glow
Half glow

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Seaside Sunset

The neon update- 2017

The seaside sunset costume (featured also in the Sea Collection in its original form) was updated in 2017. It brings in the mysterious new element of phosphorescence- a phonomenon that occurs in the oceans, and can be seen at certain beaches of the world. This is a remarkable occurrence, where the disturbance of waves in the water causes a chemical reaction in microscopic sea life, which emits light. 
 

Bluebell Woods
Bluebell Woods

Photographed in Littledale by Luke Perkin

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Walking through bluebells
Walking through bluebells

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Rainbow
Rainbow

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Bluebell Woods
Bluebell Woods

Photographed in Littledale by Luke Perkin

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Workshop Rainbow

2014

 

This dress was created with the help of several volunteers at a workshop day at the Dukes Theatre Lancaster in April 2014, during the run of the Duxbury Designs exhibition there. The basic shape was created in advance, and volunteers helped cut out the scale shapes and sew them on. For many it was their first go on a sewing machine, but they brought along much enthusiam and collectively a lot was achieved!