Ethical and sustainable wedding hairpiece
A very close friend of mine was recently married. When I first got the news that she was getting married, I wanted to do something special for her as a wedding gift. As I had made my own wedding hairpiece some three years ago, I thought it would be a nice gift to offer to make something for her to wear to her wedding. She was thrilled with the offer, and suggested that she would like something in green. I was so pleased to be making some special for my friend, and was excited about the excuse to hunt down some sustainable materials in green, which is also my favourite colour.
Materials soon in hand, I quickly came up with a couple of prototype designs of silk flowers and showed her the partially completed pieces to let her choose which suited her style. As the time drew nearer to her wedding, I procrastinated on finalising her hairpiece and sending it off to her (she lives in a different city). Even though I had shown her the partially completed design I was wracked with self-doubt, fearing that she wouldn’t like my finished product. Weddings are so personal and I didn’t want to let her down. With only weeks to go, I finally got my act together and posted it to her. I emailed her in advance, telling her that I wouldn’t be offended if she decided that it wasn’t right for her wedding and that I completely understand if she doesn’t want to wear it.
Long story short, she did like it, and she looked absolutely stunning wearing it. Here is a photo of the gorgeous bride, looking as beautiful as the picturesque setting of her wedding.
The piece is made with vintage re-purposed sari silk, lace re-purposed from a thrifted table runner, vintage millinery silk and felt made from recycled plastic bottles. The piece also includes some fine strands of pearls, which are reasonably sustainable (much better than plastic to be sure) but I wouldn’t be confident that the Chinese cultured pearls are all that ethical. However, all in all, the piece fares quite well on it’s ethical and sustainable qualities.
Here is a close up of the piece
I’m so glad I got my act together and sent it. Not only did she love it, she told me that she actually cried when she first put it on. All the worry and fear that my self-doubt created melted away when I heard those words. It was a valuable life lesson, and one that gave me the confidence to pursue my long-time dream of making millinery. I am very excited to announce that I have opened my sustainable millinery Etsy store. At this stage it is in limited opening with only a few designs featured. I will be working towards an grand opening with a larger range later in the year.
All of the designs feature beautiful sustainable materials, such as vintage silk, re-purposed lace and silk, and recycled felt. I am constantly on the hunt for new materials, and I love the creative challenge that using sustainable materials (particularly re-purposed materials) provides.
Pop on over to the Etsy store to have a look. Due to the nature of using re-purposed materials, each item is likely to be limited in number. So if you see something that you like you may want to consider buying it quickly, or it is possible that you’ll miss out. If you like a design, but you are looking for a different colour, be sure to get in contact as I should be able to do you a special order.
I would love to hear what you think of the pieces. Any words of encouragement or feedback would be much appreciated. This is a new venture for me, so it would be great to hear what you think!
I’ll leave you with my personal favourite at the moment- a fascinator in the lovely shades of forest and sage green.0