First I would like to introduce you to Jennie of JenniesHeirlooms at Etsy. I don't even remember how I stumbled upon her shop but as soon as I did I knew immediately I had to have some of her amazing wearable art. As she states in her profile "I am passionate about all things Victorian and am inspired by all things French". Her ability to custom dye and design lace for clothing and lingerie has earned her spots in several well known fashion magazines. All of her creations are hand dyed as well as hand stiched in such a random pattern, every piece has a truly one of a kind, romantic vintage look to it. One item which really spoke out to me was a vintage inspired hand dyed lace yoke and I thought how perfect it would be to wear this item at workshops and shows that I do. I had to have it. When it arrived all the way from her homeland of Australia, it was even better than I had anticipated. I laid it out on my table for a few days just to look at, and now I have it hanging in my bedroom because I couldn't bear to tuck it away until the day I wear it. I wanted to share her creations and talent with everyone and "spoke" to Jennie about her life, her shop, her talent and I hope after seeing these photos and reading her story, you are inclined to visit her shop.
Jennie could you please tell us a little about yourself, your personal life, interests, etc?
I am a Mother of 3 grown children and Nana to 2 grown Grandsons. My work takes up a lot of my time but if I have a spare moment I like to potter in my garden and am an avid reader.
When did you begin creating these outstanding pieces of lace art, where did you get the inspiration, and how do you find all the intricately detailed elements that go into each piece?
Both my Irish Grandmothers were influential in my love of handcraft but my lace work just evolved when I was quite young. My Mother is a dressmaker and I would gather her scraps and stitch them together to make dresses for my dolls.
My inspiration comes from my love of period costumes and romantic old movies.
I have a huge stash of fabric, lace and trims and am always on the lookout at markets for interesting old pieces. I cut and dye a lot to suit what I am making at the time.
You have a truly vintage romantic style. How does that carry into your personal interests?
My house reflects the romantic style and I am always browsing for more old pieces to add and of course have a lot of my work hanging on the walls, hall stand, dressing table etc.
I have always felt I was born in the wrong era.
~~Me too Jennie!! But I am at least glad to have artists like you to supply me with creations from the past~~