The main atelier

The main atelier upstairs is surrounded with windows, giving us much glorious daylight. In the afternoons especially, light and warmth floods in from the south-west facing windows. This Spring and its remarkable sunlight is much appreciated! By contrast, when it’s raining or blowing a gale you feel it. But having spent the last couple of years working within the Great Western Arcade in town, I am thoroughly enjoying a renewed sense of connection to the weather.

This image shows the main atelier (where pressing, cutting, and hand-sewing take place), before and after. Parts of the premises still require refurbishment/finishing, but for now I am clicking on with orders and will return to the last bits of refurb presently.

The first boutique, on video

Last year, a film student called Joe did a little video about Sparklewren for his Final Major Project. The results were charming, and give a little insight into life at my first boutique, an 18month “pop-up” (bit of an oxymoron) at the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham.

Starring: Cassie Rae Wardle and Lucia Labelle
Filmed and Edited by: Joe Murphy and Joseph Smith

The blog

It has been around two or three years since I kept a proper blog for Sparklewren, instead opting to wax lyrical on facebook image uploads and in the mailing list…

None-the-less, I do write about my work with some frequency. Bothering friends with emails about geeky corsetmaking discoveries and business ideas. So perhaps I will begin writing here again, sharing ideas, new designs, behind-the-scenes, and so on… Some extra content for you all, details that there often isn’t time for on platforms such as facebook and instagram.

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Above is beautiful Tingyn, behind the scenes for my friends at InaGlo Photography.