October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
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October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Come and see some of Jennifer Pritchard Couchman’s bridal gowns at “Once Upon A Time”, a resident showcase at The Storey, Lancaster
October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
In addition to the Litfest ‘Word Dress’ collaboration, Jennifer is pleased to be able to offer people the chance to view some of the beautiful handcrafted gowns, designed and made onsite at The Storey in Lancaster. A small showcase of the art and craftmanship that goes into every single one of Jennifer’s gowns. After all, a fairy tale day needs a magical gown… jenniferpritchardbridal.co.uk
October 18, 2010 § 7 Comments
A new fairytale for adults commissioned by Litfest from contemporary fairy tale author, Claire Massey was premiered this Saturday 16th October at The Storey, Lancaster. Claire wore a custom-made dress made entirely from the pages of books, designed and hand crafted by Lancashire bridal designer, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman.
Using over 2500 pages from multiple copies of the recently reissued ‘Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales’ the gown took three days to make and has “lots of frills, lots of folding, lots of stapling, paper mache and glue.”
“Andy from Litfest approached me and asked if I could make a dress out of books,” says designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman. “I traditionally create bridal gowns, using silks and lace, so the opportunity to create a dress entirely out of books was an fantastic challenge!”
Claire’s new fairy tale consists of resourceful heroines, lost towns, strange dresses made of grass, smoke, feathers, and finally of books, and a good dollop of the Lancashire landscape. “After many drafts, and a lot of agonising over things I’ve never before considered (can you make a dress out of rain? What would it feel like to wear smoke and feathers?) I’ve had to try to imagine what a dress made from the pages of books would feel like to wear – and most exciting of all, I got to wear the dress to read the story!”
It’s all part of the Lancaster Litfest literature festival which started on Friday 15 October, and features readings and events featuring Ian Rankin, Carol Ann Duffy, Steven Berkoff and Anne Fine. The festival runs until 24th October. jenniferpritchardbridal.co.uk
October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Word Dress
A new fairytale for adults commissioned by Litfest from Claire Massey, in a gown made entirely from books, by Jennifer Pritchard Couchman.
It’s not all weddings this autumn in my studio. This saturday sees the unveiling of a special commissioned gown that I have be making for my Storey neighbours, Litfest, as part of their Literature festival. Made entirely out of the pages of a book – Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales – the gown will be worn by author Claire Massey, who will be reading a special commissioned fairy tale. Come and check it out at the Storey Creative Industries Centre on Saturday 16th at 6.30pm. If you can’t make it, the gown, alongside some of my traditional bridal gowns will be on display in the Thomas Storey Gallery for the following fornight.