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In Nature

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In Nature

Marloes Dadswell, Delft, The Netherlands (Bespoke Corsetry)

IG: bespokecorsetrybymarloes

 

The Design

My fascination with curiosities and so-called Wunderkammers started from a young age. Enchanted by the shell and fossil collections of my grandfather, our visits to Teylers Museum in Haarlem made me want to live in my very own museum. Over the past few years, I have noticed a significant rise in the popularity of collecting rarities. Shops specialising in these items are sprouting up like mushrooms everywhere, and the urge to own, for instance, a glass-domed butterfly display or nautilus shell grew and grew. And although you can get your hands on ethically sourced specimens, it made me feel a little uneasy. How much I would love to have all these items of beauty in my home, to see up-close their complex shell structures and fragile butterfly wings. But, if we would all fill our homes with these incredible creatures, they start losing some of their magic, gather a little dust and we move onto our next item on the wish-list. Are we not placing ourselves above nature, when, in fact, we are in nature? So I started working on a Wunderkammer filled with embroidered artworks based on natural history.

The embroidery on this corset is inspired by a print of Ernst Haeckel and depicts a member of the siphonophore family, a type of jellyfish. Although its full length can be longer than that of a blue whale, it’s a colonial organism composed of many physically connected, interdependent individuals.

 

The Construction

Although Ernst Haeckel took some artistic liberties, it was the trumpet-type shapes of the siphonophore that took my interest in embroidering this specific design. The bulbous shape with translucent bead-like structures made me visualise this creature as an embroidery design from the start.

I aimed to use as many materials already in my stash and not get carried away buying fancy new materials. I used antique lace gifted to me by my mother, silk paint gifted to me by a friend, a damaged silk scarf, beads from the stash and some beads gifted by others. The entire embroidery has been stitched by hand with single threads. It has some three-dimensional shapes which I have padded out. All the beading is also added by hand. The pattern for the corset is drafted by me and took a couple of toiles to get right.

Using the antique lace which had a lot of damage to it, I cut out all the useable parts and dyed the pieces a soft yellow to complement the embroidery. After appliquéing the lace parts to the corset in a symmetrical shape, I was ready to apply the embroidered piece on top. Because I didn’t embroider onto the corset itself this time around, I was able to change the position of the embroidery from the midsection of the corset to the upper part of the corset. The new position made it much more fitting to the curvature of the body.

 

Materials Used

Silk, cotton coutil, cotton embroidery floss, glass beads, antique lace.

 

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

In the light of slow fashion, I really took my time with this one, working on a tiny bit at a time to not get bored or overwhelmed by the task ahead. As a master procrastinator, this was new territory but highly recommended.

 

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galadriel
This colour scheme is breathtaking, the corset is really gorgeous.
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much, I definitely went out of my comfort zone using this colour. But very happy I did.
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Andrea Chavez
That beading! The colors! The padded embroidery!! Amazing.
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marloes dadswell
Thanks! The embroidery was so fun to do because of the many different elements. It was impossible to get bored with it.
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anniebrahe
I have no words - this is beyond beautiful, beyond incredible. I am absolutely speechless!
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marloes dadswell
Thank you for your very kind words. I'm sure you can see me blushing from all the way over there.
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Renata Taylor
I could look at this for hours......absolutely stunning piece of wearable art! You should be so proud of this beautiful work......Simply AWESOME!
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marloes dadswell
Aw thank you so much for your kind words!
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I cannot imagine the patience you have to do all this. This is stunning. So great !
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marloes dadswell
For some reason I have more patience for embroidery than anything else in my life hahaha. But because this piece has so many elements, whenever one part was getting a bit too repetitive I would move to a different part.
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Kristina H
My jaw dropped open when I saw that beading and embroidery! Love the rich colors. Wonderful.
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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What a baroque, bold magic you weave here! Brilliant mood.
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marloes dadswell
Wow, thank you so much!!! What a beautiful compliment.
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certainsundries
Your embroidery takes my breath away. It's so life like!
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much! I am also happy that it resembles the actual creature I tried to portray. About half way through I was still a bit afraid it was looking like an angry ovary hahaha!
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bernadettebanner
Wow, the detail work on this is just exquisite!
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marloes dadswell
Thank you very much! I can get a bit lost in tiny details and am thankful when people recognize and notice them.
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KitPitts
I'm utterly enchanted! This is my favorite entry! You have fabricated pure magic.
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marloes dadswell
That means a lot to me! Thank you so much for this lovely compliment.
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kitty mortensen
It looks stunning it somewhat reminds me of a pomegranate, in its art nouveau like shapings. It is stunning and the colours are so captivating
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marloes dadswell
Thank you very much! I can see what you mean and this jellyfish does have a bit of an art nouveau feel to it. I just loved making it and adding different textures and shaped pieces.
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kitty mortensen
It is positively stunning <3
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Just WOW. This is a jaw-dropping ensemble. I love the colors and textures! You could be stained glass window in an Art Nouveau house!
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much for the lovely compliment!
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kirstymitchell
I can't! It's just a masterpiece. I've seen snippets on IG and I've been in utter jealous awe of your skill and talent. Incredible Marloes.
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much for having followed the development of the embroidery and for the wonderful compliments!
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lyrisdesign
Absolutely gorgeous! I have enjoyed watching the progress of the embroidery over time, and it is so special to now see it on such a lovely corset.
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marloes dadswell
Thank you ever so much!! Having been a huge fan of your work and your recent entry, this means the world to me!
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Caerigna
Just Wow
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marloes dadswell
Thank you!!
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olafsonv
Holy moley. There are no words to say how lovely this is.
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marloes dadswell
Thank you very much!!!
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chrisedel
Love the colours and all the details! Amazing work
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much!
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royalblack
Your embroidery skills always blow my mind and this design is no exception.
When I saw it pop up in my Facebook feed for the first time, I immediately recognised your style... such beautiful lines, execution and colours!

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marloes dadswell
Oh my, I haven't stopped blushing since reading your comment! Thank you so much!
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lcostigliolo
Oh my! Your embroidery skills always blow my mind! Wonderful piece!
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much! That means the world to me!
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Oh my word the artistry demonstrated here is truly spectacular! I can see it in a Museum!
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marloes dadswell
Oh wow! Thank you so much for this huge compliment!
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paulay71
Wow! Love the colour, the embroidery, the design I keep coming back to it because there is so much to see
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marloes dadswell
Thank you so much for your lovely words and comments!
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latelierdelafleur
I love the way your intricate embroidery flows with the antique lace and your incredible colour choices! Beautiful message in your design inspiration as well.
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marloes dadswell
Aw thank you so very much! And thank you for reading my ramblings.
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ggis
Amazing piece, my fellow embroidery lover ;) I totally share your obsession with stores of curiosities and rarities, I love your concept, I love your colors, I love your shape, I love everything about your entry, fantastic!
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marloes dadswell
This means the world to me, I adore and am in awe of everything you make! Thank you so much!
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jema
Your embellishment is absolutely exquisite, and I love that you are incorporating and giving new life to vintage and destashed fabrics so beautifully!
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