I love to live with pattern, print and colour. Layering patterns and textures is visually stimulating but also draws out our desire for being tactile. The love of touch and feel. The print’s that I collect are genuine vintage and most are archived in museums. For me they are an art form from the past, they are a direct link to a time and era. I rework the prints to offer clients and mid-century collectors accessories that complaint their furniture collections. The fabrics are in good condition, having not been used before. I do not rework something that has been a former curtain but do have a small stock of curtains which are often used in back drops and set designs. I have a shop on Etsy where you can see what I have in stock. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FabulousNelly
One of the things that I love about buying at auction is the preview days where you have the opportunity to handle some fabulous garments. Many vintage clothes shops don’t like you touching the items much where at auction you can try it on and get a feel of the era as well as understand the structure in detail. I don’t know anywhere else where you can get such a detailed close up of period clothing. This can be from Victorian frocks heading to a museum, garments that you are unlikely to see on the open market again. Famous people’s clothes, clothes that have contemporary value from designers as recent as the 1990’s, punk garments from the 1970’s along side clothes from glamorous eras and movie stars.
My love for clothes holds no time, I tend to collect garments that I can wear, sell on or just enjoy. Some of my garments are used for props in film and TV.
There is a thrill of buying at auction and getting to know other collectors are buying. My collection is somewhat random, I tend to get a look in on more eclectic lots as I am up against collectors who are going to buy certain designers whatever the price is so therefore there is no point pushing the price up over what they are likely to pay.
Here are photos of some of my collection, it changes over time. Some pieces are for sale and some are often on loan. Please email me for any info @ lisaaskem.me.com
I also source garments for clients.