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Glass yarn embellishment development using an adapted wig-making with embroidery technique, 2017
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Detail of glass yarn embellishment development using an adapted wig-making with embroidery technique, 2017

ALTERNATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS: ADAPTED WIG MAKING WITH EMBROIDERY

Animal products including fur, feathers and exotic skins are problematic materials, yet they remain popular as decorative embellishments in contemporary fashion. As part of PhD practice research, novel textile embellishments were developed based on the historical and contemporary attraction of fur and exotic animal materials, forming future embellishment which can be created using new and sustainable non-animal materials. This project included the planning, design and delivery of in-depth interviews and workshops with the fashion industry, case study research at the Victoria & Albert Museum archive, as well the production of a series of textile artefacts and a garment.

One of the techniques developed is Adapted Wig Making with Embroidery, whereby glass yarn is attached to a base material using a combination of wig making and embroidery elements to create a secure join. 

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Glass yarn embellishment development using an adapted wig-making with embroidery technique, 2017
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Detail of glass yarn embellishment development using an adapted wig-making with embroidery technique, 2017