Your 'Daisies with Love' compact mirror started with an invitation. I was asked by a gallery to create a new piece, inspired by a textile from Yorkshire's textile archive.
On my research visit to the archive I discovered a treasure trove of pattern and fabric. Imagine boxes piled to the ceiling, each marked with labels like "Couture Openings 1954" and "Textile Printing Exam Paper 1908". After lovely hours leafing through samples, I chose a beautiful Victorian fabric from a 1897 portfolio. The mirror it inspired became a celebration of Art Nouveau design.
I chose my textile sample from the beautiful portfolio above. The fabric was Victorian student P. Yewdall’s submission for his design exam. I was drawn to its striking Art Nouveau style daisy, and its importance to Yewdall. The daisies were his final examination piece, his final hurdle before joining the fashion industry of one hundred years ago.
I developed the daisy design to bring out its Art Nouveau style, creating a simplified motif to be cast in metal. The words I used on the pocket mirror are in my own writing. It's a thank you to Yewdall, from over one hundred years on!
'Daisies With Love' was first exhibited in January ’15, in the Dye House Gallery, West Yorkshire. You can find it in my compact mirror gift collection. I hope you love it as much as I do!