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May 20th, 2009


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04:44 pm - Kambriel Tribute to Miss Havisham


Lately, I found myself compelled to sequester myself away for a while and create a gown inspired by Miss Havisham ~ my favourite character from Charles Dickens' novel "Great Expectations", written in 1861. Many of the lace motifs I've used date back to the same era. Not that I would particularly recommend languishing around in a "Havisham" state of mind, but when life presents melancholia, one of the best things to do is find a way to create beauty from it!

I ~may~ be done with the dress, then again I might go crazy and put another several days of handwork into it... It's all completely organic at this point, and will let me know what's right. I decided it was at a good point to take a break now though as my fingertips are practically worked to the bone and need a well-earned rest.

The best part is getting to feel like I'm honouring the artistry and work of my female ancestors ~ all of whom created the various works of needle lace, embroidery, and crochet I am incorporating into this. Even the pearls that I'm using for the sleeves (and possibly collar) came from one of my great-grandmother's broken necklaces.

Here is a preview peek for now:







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From:acid_poptart
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
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You are going to look unbelievable in that!

:D
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, you can borrow it sometime since we're twins and all ;)
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From:pmhrh
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I'm speechless.
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's been like creating a "collage in lace" :)
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From:aesthete
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Kambriel! It is beautiful! What a gorgeous and delicate ensemble. Your love for the project shines through and through!
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
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It's something I've wanted to create for years, finally all the stars aligned and it just felt like the right time to do it :)

The scary thing is after all this, I still have many more lace pieces like ~ all handmade ~ (naively, I thought this project would use most of them up) so you'll see them make appearances in new creations in the coming months... I just want to make sure they aren't just packed away and forgotten... so much work has gone into them, they deserve that breath of life!
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From:lapetitemort73
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Holy cannoli!
That is so intricate and stunning!
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, you just brought this wonderful little bakery in Massachusetts to mind ~ you wouldn't believe all the different types of cannoli they have there!:

http://www.whollycannoli.com/
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From:victorianrose23
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
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OMG that is amazing!!!! Wow - just - wow.
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you like it!
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From:donnaricci
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)

*standing ovation*

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Wow! Just... wow!

edit: I just noticed the person above me posted the same response. It MUST be true!

Edited at 2009-05-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From:valerian
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
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This incredible - an heirloom unto itself!

Just...wow!!
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
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You're going to be so happy with the fabrics I've found for you! I think there's going to be some kind of magic in your gown... I was draping some of the more opulent pieces of fabric to show C how it was all coming together, and right at that moment, this huge, magnificent thunder sounded above us out of nowhere... it was the perfect old horror movie scenario ~ we just needed a pipe organ to complete the drama of the moment!
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From:donnaricci
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I think you need to do a commercial in the vein of the Shamwow guy for this dress. The "Just Wow"
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From:kambriel
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Ha! I remember some friends of mine in the Pacific Northwest who got snowed in a bit *too* much this past winter ~ snowed in to the point of watching that and thinking maybe they ~should~ buy a Shamwow ;)
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From:blueiduna
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Love the layers of different laces, which appears to have been lovingly tea-stained I'm guessing? I see the goofiest little mirrored face in the middle of the lace-collage of the skirt, he's cracking me up! Miss Havisham would have done well with a silly little fellow to peer up from her knees when she was busy feeling sorry for herself and plotting misery for others.

I sincerely hope you never run out of broken antique bits to transform into new works of art. :)
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I had to delicately clean all of them to make them more comfortable to work with (and for my breathing!), but the colourations are all-natural. I picked the variations in tone for the layered collar on purpose since I thought the shading was so lovely... but yes, all the different tones you see are from the effects of age ~ it's the genuine thing!

I was looking at a different applique at first, but then suddenly I caught sight of the one you're mentioning, and have to admit I may never be able to ~not~ see it this way again! I'd love to administer you a Rorschach test to see what else you envisioned... ;)
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From:victorine
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful, wistful, glorious!
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Merci Madame!
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From:icprncs
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
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And another comment expressing admiration at your work and creativity and how beautiful it is. :)
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your all of your kindness!
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From:volksjager
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Please tell me it's fire proof.
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Alas, not really. I'll be certain to keep an eye on it's proximity to fireplaces whilst rambling around in decaying mansions though ;)
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From:miintikwa
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that is incredible!
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much!
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From:ashbet
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That is . . . *exquisite*.

-- A <3
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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you could see the beauty in it ~ there was a certain feeling of broken-heartedness in it, but also a sense of honouring the past, and breathing life into the present and future which I think are all things you can understand perfectly.
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From:ms_tate
Date:May 20th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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This is so amazingly beautiful. You passion for the project shows in the details. Looking forward to seeing more photos of this fabulous creation.

Oh, and I agree, Miss Havisham is a great character and my favorite from "Great Expectations" as well.


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From:kambriel
Date:May 21st, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
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It means so much to me that those feelings come through in the design for you ~ thank you!

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