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Weeping Willow Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow Weeping Willow 

Weeping Willow 

 

Weeping Willow

Mina LaFleur, Toronto, Canada (L'Atelier de LaFleur)

IG: latelierdelafleur

Model: Lucia Corsetti
Photographer: L'Atelier de LaFleur

 

The Design

With Weeping Willow, I wanted to create a corset full of depth and movement. Inspired by the willows as they transition from spring into summer and airy evenings at twilight; a blending of the cool and warm light and colours that make that time so magical. It continues an ongoing body of work based around the anatomy of trees.

 

The Construction

The focus of this design are the hundreds of hand-cut sheer leaves of different tonal aquas, greens, and a touch of gold iridescence individually stitched onto hand-painted and beaded silk thread. In the spirit of renewal, many of the leaves were cut from organzas I have stashed for ten to fifteen years and I was particularly interested in using non-toxic dyeing methods for the silk thread, which is done with gel food colourings. The silk base is a changeant silk dupioni. Clusters of crystal, pearls, and natural stones in a variety of sizes and colours are mounted on gold wires and hand-placed for just enough sparkle to enhance without overwhelming. The asymmetrical hems suggest the gentle leaning silhouette that makes willow trees so beautiful. Asymmetry is something that challenges me as a designer who usually gravitates towards symmetrical designs. Since trees are not symmetrical, I wanted to practice not only asymmetrical embellishments, but hemlines as well. Also on the theme of renewal, I’ve wanted to push myself outside of the patterning I’ve become comfortable with and try some new things, particularly by giving up a curvy side seam in favour of a side panel.
One of the things I've really tried to do with this piece is to incorporate a kinetic element. Trees have life and movement and I think that's part of why they're so lovely to look at. I intentionally avoided over-sewing the leaves so that they have a life when a breeze moves them.

 

Materials Used

Coutil, dupioni silk, organza of different textures and colours, hand-painted silk thread, Swarovski glass pearls and crystal beads, Japanese glass seed beads, quartz faceted stones.

 

 

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So many lovely details! Very reminiscent of the flow of a Willow tree! Well done!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Jann!
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Andrea Chavez
Absolutely stunning. Beautiful job. Beautiful dress too.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Andrea! As I wrote my entry, I completely forgot to talk about the skirt and I appreciate its notice. :)
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galadriel
This is so beautiful. It's wonderfully evocative of the willow and the colours are perfect.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, I'm so glad the idea was conveyed! I agonized over the colours for a time and I'm glad it was time well spent. ;)
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sl_webb
I love the color. The entire piece has a very calming effect, a serene work of art. It's just beautiful.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you very much! It's such a treat for me to think it has a calming effect. Though the completion became hurried toward the end, I think I was soothed at times by the slow laboriousness of it.
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Jalea Ward
I love everything about this. the colour, the movement, the beautiful fit and finish! Stunning. The model shot is spectacular too :)
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Jalea! I really appreciate your comment on the modelled shot, another bit of new territory for me. ;)
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Paula
Just lovely! From your subtle use of color to the movement to the sparkle of jewels, the total effect is stunning. You captured the spirit of the willow and distilled it to a delightful essence.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you for your sweet words, Paula! I'm so glad you think so!
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Rhea
This looks absolutely stunning!! I can almost hear the leaves rustling in the wind ❤️
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latelierdelafleur
That is just exactly all I could wish, thank you Rhea! :)
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Mona
Wow! This is so beautiful and I'm amazed from all the talent and details in here.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you Mona!
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bernadettebanner
This is *unbelievably* magical! The colors are divine, and I’m so glad you included that video clip—the movement of those sheer leaves is the actual epitome of all magical things!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Bernadette! The colours bamboozled me for a time, so I'm glad it all came together favourably. I'm a little bit sheepish that the only video I had prepared was this little clip that now our mentor on all things video has seen it. :p I do believe I clocked some sewing time watching your videos as I worked on this, so thank you for the company!
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KitPitts
This ensemble is a faerietale come to life. Absolutely beautiful!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, I'm so glad you see it that way!
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kitty mortensen
This is positively ethereal, I adore how "calm" it is and still elegant and embellished. This is a piece of art and it fits Lucy so well both in its nature and its physical fitting
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Kitty! I love the idea that it conveys a sense of calm and so appreciate your compliments on the fit!
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Jaw. Dropped. You are a pre-Raphaelite masterpiece. This is utterly fabulous.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Jennie! We definitely had Waterhouse in mind at our shoot and I'm glad that came through!
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poppaea
Gorgeously delicate, it is perfection!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much!
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certainsundries
I love the heck out of this. Weeping willows are my favorite tree, and I'd wear this till it fell off my body. <3
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latelierdelafleur
That is so sweet, thank you so much Maeri!
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kirstymitchell
Your corset is so whimsical and ethereal and looks like it's drawn straight out of some magical nature. Really beautiful
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latelierdelafleur
You are so kind, thank you Kirsty!
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Liesl
The light in this piece is completely divine! It looks so soft and ethereal
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Liesl! Trying to get the lighting right on capture the fabric in the modelled shots and on the dressform was maddening and I greatly appreciate you noticing it!
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lyrisdesign
I love how delicate and ethereal this is, absolutely stunning!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, it means a lot to me that you think so!
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kellye
Stunning! You really managed to convey a sense a movement.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Kellye, I am so glad!
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Ritta
Lovely ! Great shape ,
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Ritta!
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michellelc
I love the delicate waterfall of leaves around it. Definitely evokes the look of a woodland fairy. Beautifully done :)
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, I'm so glad that the fairyness of it came across for you!
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Joy R.
This is so beautiful! Weeping willows are my favorite tree and you've captured what makes them so effervescent and magical. It's so powerful in motion.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you, Joy! What a pleasure to know that I did your favourite tree justice! :)
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kacykreates
This makes my Sidhe heart so happy. It's just ethereal and I adore everything about it!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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royalblack
Your entry is one of my favourites!
Such soft and elegant lines and beautiful execution (as always from you!). Lucy is the perfect model and brings it to life in the most beautiful way. What a wonderful piece!

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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Barbara! Your comments made my day!
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lcostigliolo
Such a poetic concept. This corset is really magical, i love the delicacy of it. Well done!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Luca! I am thrilled that you see magic in it!
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mskimberleyb
Ethereal, feminine and truly a breath of fresh air! I feel renewed just looking at it! Lovely!
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latelierdelafleur
This is such a sweet comment, I just love what you wrote! Thank you so much!
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All the feels with this one - you definitely have achieved a kinetic feel to the piece. Fluttery! The colour is wonderful.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Caroline! Fluttery is just what I hoped would come across. :) I agonized over the colours and I'm glad it ended up happily and appreciate you noticing!
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paulay71
I just love this, you've captured the movement perfectly.
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, I'm so glad you think so!
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ggis
I am speechless, and breathless, and mindless, this is soooo good, beyond any expression!
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latelierdelafleur
Wow, thank you for this lovely compliment!
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marloes dadswell
The Mists of Avalon. That's what this entry reminds me of. Ethereal and so so stunning. Everything about this is perfect and I love it!
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latelierdelafleur
Thank you so much, Marloes! <3
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jema
The movement in this piece is absolutely delightful - it really gives the rigid corset life - I love that you experimented with non-toxic dyes too and moved out of your comfort zone with the patterning :)
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