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