Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The evocative Miss Havisham

Currently in the cinemas is the BBC production of Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter as the jilted and broken bride, surrounded by the crumbling debris of her wedding breakfast.
"I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its luster, and was faded.  I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes."

Dicken's description of her creates a powerfully gothic  and memorable image of a bride cruelly robbed of her dreams and so grief stricken that she remains unable to find any purpose in her life. She instead adopts a girl who she teaches to break the hearts of men in an attempt to ease her pain through vengeance.
It is this image that seems to have inspired so many incredible costume designs and so many inspiring performances.
The most recent being Gillian Anderson's ghostly and tense interpretation.

If you have the chance try and catch this on the BBC iplayer or youtube.
Before this in 1999, my god I can't believe it was that long ago, Charlotte Rampling looked amazing and was breathtaking in the role too.

Hopefully at some point I'll get to see Helena version too.
On the subject of lace and shabby I've done a bit of sewing this week and made 2 cuffs and a fold over clutch.

Lots of lace, braid and images printed on cotton, leather backing and silk to tie.

This next cuff is stamped on leather, silk scraps ,embroidered crosses, metal disc and glass button.

The clutch I made for my niece and is a tattoo flash printed on to thick cotton ( my epsom inkjet is hardcore!), and suede from an old skirt.

I hope you are all keeping well and not to stressed with Christmas preparations. I've still got a few handmade gifts to finish off and I've been begged by Fern and Hev's to get the decorations up this weekend, so that will involve crawling into the over stuffed under stair cupboard and trying to find the decorations in the dark! Wish me luck.



  1. Helena + Havisham = heavenly (I hope). Love the cuffs and good luck with the tree assemblage!

  2. My daugter and I made some new decorations nothing fancy, just some tassels and pom poms. My son was absolutely disgusted with us, apparently, it has to be made in a factory to truly refelct the spirit of Christmas! Love the cuffs.