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 Plastique     Plastique

Plastique     Plastique

Plastique     Plastique

 

 

Plastique

Jutta Burghardt, Munich, Germany (Taille Und Herrsche)

IG: taille.und.herrsche

Other Credits:

Many thanks to my dear friend, muse, model and creative support @bettypeaks

 

The Design

Deep down in the ocean the mermaids were desperate. For years and years the humans had kept polluting their beautiful world. Plastic was everywhere. It suffocated the colorful reefs and strangled their plant gardens.
How long could mother ocean and her beloved sea creatures survive?
One day change came to the kingdom under the waves. A tiny mermaid was born with obscure mutations. Where the other mermaids had smooth iridescent scales, the little one was covered in bumps and bubbles. Thousands of tiny plastic particles were embedded in them.
The poor little thing had a sorrowful childhood. The other mermaids viewed her as a living memorial to the demise of their world.
They spitefully called her “Plastique, Plastique” as she grew up like an outcast.
Thus her only wish was to become part of her community. Full of shame and desperation she swam further and further into the deep sea.
Finally, she sank unconsciously to the ground. Waking up she found herself at a wonderful reef bedecked with vibrant life, and murmuring voices were coming from clusters of sea shells. Shyly, she dared to approach them: “Why is everything here so beautiful?”
“Mother nature gave us the ability to transform even waste into pearls.” The shells replied.
Sadly she said: “I wish I could do the same. “
“But look at you! You do have the power! All the bubbles on your body are already transforming plastic into pearls” the shells cheered happily.
Glancing down her body, she realized she had always possessed the power she was longing for.
Travelling on, she discovered she had never been the only one. There were many of her kind, hiding their mutations in shame.
She taught them her new skills and became their queen. From then on she and her mermaids began roaming the seas to free mother ocean.

 

The Construction

How to paint 1000 glass pebbles with nail polish? First ask all your friends and queens for their spare nail polish bottles. Then make a lot of salt dough, push all the pebbles in, backside up and paint away.
The corset, with its 11 pattern pieces per side, was constructed in two layers of coutil and corset-satin. The layers were roll pinned and put together.
All boning channels were added to the inner side for extra smoothness of the surface. There are 12 flat steel bones, pre-bent over the bust and in the back, and 8 spiral steel bones on the sides.
After the corset was finished with lining and binding, it was mounted on a mannequin for all further steps.
To achieve a gradient color effect it was painted with textile paint three times.
As a last step almost all the painted glass stones were mounted like a mosaic at the bust and hip parts.
For the skirt the mosaic part was constructed in a similar way, as were the bracelets.
Working with the painted glass pebbles was lots of fun: it was like a big mermaid treasure, all glistening and glittering in the colors of the ocean, and all mine to play with.

To see the construction step by step please click here.

 

Materials Used

Cotton coutil, steel bones, fabric paint, glass pebbles, nail polish, hot glue.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

A crazy ride with lots of experiments, new materials and ideas I wnted to try for a long time, like painting a corset.

 

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galadriel
This is such a lovely fit on the model! And I really love the story you created to go with your entry.
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lederwerk
Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate that you like the story. It comes straight from my heart.
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Rhea Steensma
Wow! I loved reading your story ? the finished result is so unique! I am in love with the pearly effect and the colourway! You have a great eye!
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lederwerk
Dear Rhea,
I am so thrilled that you also love the story. For me renewal is all about overcoming resignation and the energy once released is so powerful to make change happen. This is really something I can relate to in my creative process. Thank you❤️

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bernadettebanner
Ok first of all that little fairytale in the description was way too precious! I love that you created an entire story around your design—and such a striking, colorful, and well-constructed design at that!
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lederwerk
thank you for your lovely feedback. It means a lot to me that you also can connect to the story.
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kitty mortensen
Love it, and the ombre on the corset is just amazing
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lederwerk
Hello Kitty,
for a longtime I wanted to realize a fabriccolored design to enhance the silhouette. I am happy that it comes across.

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Robert
Incredible results from an astounding amount of effort - well done! Using salt dough to hold the pebbles was genius, and the results are gorgeous.
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lederwerk
Hi Robert,
though it also was a lot of fun I am really glad that the „salt-dough“ idea worked out so well :)

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certainsundries
I love your colors, story, and the shading you used in your panels!
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lederwerk
Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it!
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kirstymitchell
Oooh, what fun. Really inspired by the glass pebbles and nail polish, great way to incorporate unconventional materials and the whole thing is such a great interpretation of renewal.
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lederwerk
Ooh Kirsty - I am so happy that the entire concept I had in mind actually seems to translate! ❤️
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Trevellyn
Wow! My first impression of this piece was that it was gorgeous, I love the ombre effect, especially contrasted with the blush pink skirt. Then I read the description with a powerful fairytale like message. Then I read the construction and gained a new appreciation for all the efforts that went into this! 1000 glass pebbles with nail polish, amazing job!
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lederwerk
Merci, merci, merci - I am really overwhelmed with those nice reactions! Thanks a lot.
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lyrisdesign
Such a gorgeous sleek fit, and an interesting design. Well done!
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lederwerk
Thank you! Actually I challenge myself quite a bit a while to gain a perfect fitting for curved ladies.
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kellye
The fit is beautiful! I love all the colors and textures of the stones. The color gradient on the corset is gorgeous.
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lederwerk
Hey Kellye,
I love what a perfect fit can do for proportions and bodyshape. For me itˋs not only the overall look that counts. The confidence-boost that comes with a perfect customed fitting, especially with a curved model, is just everything.

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Laurel A Price
I am so in love with the - HOW MANY GLASS PEBBLES?

It's such a gorgeous effect, combined with the lovely ombre on the corset itself. So beautiful!

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lederwerk
Hey Laurel,
I am very glad that I actually realized how many of these glass peebles (yeees almost one thousand! Aaaaargh :) I would need for the whole concept AFTER finishing it :D I thought there would be more spare ones

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olafsonv
That's gorgeous!
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lederwerk
Thank you !
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Rachel
Beautiful! And I am a sucker for anything shiny!
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lederwerk
Hi Rachel, thanks a lot - I really appreciate it especially from a „sucker for shiny things“ :)
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royalblack
This is such a cool concept!
Mad respect for the amount of work you have put into this piece. Also the fit on the model looks really good and I enjoyed reading the story you submitted with your entry.

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lederwerk

Thank you for your kind words. This time I really put some extra hours in and I am verry happy how everything came together and finally turned out in the finished piece. For me the support of the community and to participate in this competition pushes me further and further in my developement in the art & crafts I love. Itˋs so worth it!

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lcostigliolo
What an amazing shape! I love your interpretation of the theme, and your dedication to details is just amazing! Well done!
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lederwerk
Itˋs so nice to get all this lovely feedback for something your put your heart in. Thank you so much.
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So much work to this piece. Love it!
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lederwerk
Hi carol,
the effort really pays of for me in many ways. Thank you for your kind words.

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Andy
What an incredible piece of art! I love everything about it - the colors, the perfect sleek fit on the model and your choice on textures and uncommon materials. Absolutely my favorite!
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lederwerk
Thank you so much Andy it's always exiting to try new materials and even more so if they produce the effect you had in mind
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paulay71
Completely divine and other worldly. Love your mixed media approach to achieve your design.
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lederwerk
Glad I could take you along into the realms under the waves ;)
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latelierdelafleur
I love your vivid colours and perfect fit on your model! I can just imagine the patience all of the bubbles required to paint and apply. Also, how adorable is your inspiration story? I was really drawn in!
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lederwerk
Thank you kindly. When I get to bring a desing of my own to life it mostly has a story of it's own
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Andreas Lange
I am literally living for this. The fierce look on your model is just mindblowing! When I read your story and the construction my jaw dropped again with all the effort you put into this piece. In my opinion yours is the best concept. Congrats.
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lederwerk
Thank you Andreas, I'm blushing a little right now :)
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Annika
Gorgeous piece! I love how well your design is planned. The color choice and the placement of the glass applications support the shape in an amazing way. You have mad skills to achieve such a perfect execution. You really got me with this flawless breastline
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lederwerk
Thank you, yes the bustline is a never ending learning curve for a corsetiere, but I too love how this one turned out.
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Henning
WOW - what a wonderful design and your little story is such a creative interpretation of „renewal“. I love it!
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lederwerk
Thank you Henning, I think it is important to raise awarenes for the envirinment
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studioD
This one is my favourite piece. I tought at once it was stunningly beautiful and when I read the story it even added another layer. Very impressive work. Congratulations
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lederwerk
That is why I love this competition, you can show much more than "just" the finished corset
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marloes dadswell
A stunning shape and fit and those details are so lush!
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lederwerk
Thank you for your compliment, I do appreciate it.
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jema
Such an unusual and interesting story and use of fabrics, very inspiring, the fit is just lovely too
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lederwerk
A curvy model is so much more fun for showing a corset, in my opinion, thank you.
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