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10 Apr

The Proof: Tongue and Tulip

I’m a clothing designer, a textile artist, and someone who loves to get away from it all.  Creativity is my passion and fabric my medium of choice.  I’m a sucker for quality over quantity, for hand-finishing details, and I will always have a soft spot for anything with silk, lace, or feathers.

I started my own clothing company Tongue Tulip in 2011, and last year I toured my wares around local farmers markets and craft fairs.  I’ve shifted my focus a bit now, and am doing more custom dresses, wedding fascinators and burlesque-style head dresses.  All are lovingly hand made in my home-based Whistler studio.  For the last 5 years I’ve been apprenticing with an haute-couture dress maker in Vancouver, and I am grateful to study with such a gifted guru.

The Photos
01  My implements of construction.  Antique silk thread.
02  Cutting and sewing at the kitchen table.
03   Where the magic happens.  Creative chaos.
04   Something kept telling me to go big, or go home.  And thus was born the Red Diva headdress.
05   This fabric seduced me.
06   These are my favorite things to make – feather fascinators for every occasion.
07   An ink drawing I did of Wedge Mountain.  One of my favorite places.
08   My hand made wedding dress.  Pic taken at the Brew Creek Lodge.

The Questions

What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Whistler Cay Heights, a stone’s throw away from the village.  This means I hardly ever set foot in a car – except when going to the city to hunt for fine fabrics.

What do you do and where?
During the day I work for the Whistler Arts Council, and by night I stitch my way through fanciful projects.  At the moment I am focusing more on custom dresses, wedding fascinators, and burlesque-style head dresses.

What are you working on?
I’m in the midst of making a lace wedding dress for an April wedding.  Think knee length, 1960’s, with a lace scallop detailing at the hem.  Simple, stunning elegant.  I’m also working on a Victorian corset – very excited to finish this project!

Where can we find your work?
Agnes Jean in Squamish, and One Earth Collection in Pemberton.  Fire me an email if custom orders are your thing or check me out online:

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