Alyssa uses old textiles to create new garments using an old hand-sewing machine. Through the traditional art of Brush-Painting, she creates botanic images on silks and cottons to create something so unique if can never be replicated. She has a range of Victorian inspired Nighties, Bloomers, and Tops all made with French lace and Vintage floral Prints.
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« Perhaps you’ve come to tell us, don’t forget, the old is new again, each birth enriching aged ol’ earth. »
– by Richard Work,
from his poem “To Five Day Old Alyssa Jeanne,
from her grandfather whom she hasn’t seen”
These words have stuck with me through the years, in everything I have done, the decisions I have made, the friends I have loved, and my appreciation for the old.
To me it means everything that has come before, should be cherished and remembered; ancestry, heirlooms, books, suitcases, songs,typewriters, letters, paintings,textiles, crockery, photographs. They hold the key to the past, when people past down skills from generation to generation, when objects were artfully crafted with such detail and care, never thrown out, like sadly, many things are today.
We are so quick to look forward, we forget to look back.
Like the sharing of folk songs, or following a family recipe, this world is so full of past beauty we need to share and bring into the present.
We need to create to keep our spirits alive, a bit of ourselves to be remembered by future generations, leaving something behind by sharing it.
A J x