Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Inspiration Behind the Folkloric Salamander collection

1) 18th century Persian tile, with white snake rabbit and turtle with a special blue.
2) Fruit traditionally (watermelon) carved into hearts for the Persian celebration of Yalda.
3) Traditional folk Hungarian embroidery plan.
4) 18th century Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) carved wooden heart springerle cake mold
5) 18th century Persian, Qajar Dynasty, two tiered enamel, gold polychrome enamel, + pearl earrings.
6) 14th century Mongolian/Kamiz Persian undershirt with gorgeous black embroidery and cream base
7) Traditional folk Hungarian Matyó dress and pom pom hat found in the northern part of Hungary.
8) Traditional Persian 3d/carved/embossed carpet, with little birds, flowers, foxes, goats and sheep.
9)  Traditional Islamic Decoration, with calligraphy that reads Allah.
10) Traditional folk Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexican hand carved silver milagros (miracles) surrounded by a red heart.

1) Traditional folk Hungarian Matyó pom pom headpiece hat found in the northern part of Hungary.
2) 1850s traditional German Scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) Love Token, with doves and hearts.
3) Traditional folk Hungarian embroidery plan.
4) Traditional Turkish coffee with 3d two tone cream clover
5) Traditional 19th century Pennsylvania (Amish) Scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) pastel valentine.
6) 1790s traditional French silk and linen bodice.
7) 19th century traditional Hungarian embroidered canvas top with large ecclesiastical sleeves.
8) 9th-7th century BC Assyrian gold earrings with lotus buds.
9) 19th century Pennsylvania (Amish) painted heart and monogrammed stencil heart shaped trinket box.
10) Medieval 1400s gold heart shaped brooch with sword clasp.
11) Traditional Ukrainian winter dress.
12) Traditional Indian wood block
13) Traditional Iroquois raised bead work on tan buckskin cuffs for men + women for dance.

1) Traditional folk Hungarian embroidery plan.
2) 1st century AD Parthian gold clover filagree earrings.
3) 19th century Qajar Persian, painted enamel and gold pendant.
4) 19th century Pennsylvania (Amish) Scherenschnitte (paper cuts) Symbolism was extremely important to the 19th c, one dove meant purity or peace, two doves symbolize a strong bond couple.
5) Traditional Yakut costume.
6) Portuguese, Oporto 1860s gold filigree heart pendant.
7) Traditional 20th century Hungarian Matyo Kalotszegi embroidered coat, found in the north.
8) 19th century Portuguese Palissy ware plaque by Jose A. Cunha with snake, lizard, frog, + insects.
9) Traditional Swiss 1827 young woman with floral stomacher and folded scarlet fichu.
10) 19th century traditional German Scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) Love knot.

As you can see, every country's traditional art and design has a very close relationship to nature, and unknowingly, to each other.  

Before designing my current collection I selected some favorites:
The idea of headwear or shawls as something even close to carpetish, credited to the Hungarian Matyó. The continuous usage of symmetry in silhouettes, I give credit to the German/American(Amish) paper cuts. The 3d embossed I paid close attention to the carved 3d animals on the Persian carpets, I have lusted over this picture for about 4 years now! 

Hopefully you have had as much fun as I have had going through each image, and knowing the history behind them.  If you have any further questions about them or have something to add, please let me know.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Exciting New Womanswear Launch "Folkloric Salamanders"

I am so excited to announce the launch of Nichloris ☘️!
For press, collaborations, or questions please email me here: Nicole@Nichloris.com
After researching and experimenting like a mad woman to find a way to make clothing for all sizes, I have finally been able to share the fruits of my labour.
☘️Each Nichloris collection will always includes motifs of endangered species with corresponding charities to raise a much needed, and otherwise neglected awareness, and re-connection to natur
☘️You will find sizes spanning from XS-4XL
This collection was inspired by folkloric costumes around the world. Each culture incorperated the nature around them by decorating their clothing and objects with similar popular shapes, such as hearts and clovers.
☘️All prints, embroidery, and beading have been created and designed in the UK exclusively by Nichloris.
☘️This season Nichloris had chosen salamanders to help aid in amphibian awareness.
☘️10 percent of profits will go to Amphibian Ark charity.
Due to the nature of Amphibians living in water and land, we have to keep a close watch. Whatever affects them will affect us very soon. Amphibian ark works hard to "Ensure the survival and diversity of amphibian species, focusing on those that cannot currently be safe-guarded in their natural environme
☘️www.Nichloris.com ☘️

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sneek peek of headpieces and cold month trends with Sammydress

I have been very obsessed with Instagram during the past rocky years. I'll admit there is something comforting in hiding my sadness behind the daily ritual of small format bus selfies. Now that I have safely escaped some really dark times, I feel blogging is relevant to me again. I can spread my positivity and happiness in a larger more open format.
I am starting fresh with two head pieces I have handmade and two must have pieces I have chosen from Sammy dress
The flower headpiece has been taken out of a Botticelli painting. Each petal has been hand shaped and each flower Center has been combined and arranged into a bursting bouquet of flowers and black Lucite leaves. You can buy this, and the rest of, my collection on my new website here next week.
The Cat earrings are made with Czech glass cat beads with dangling cherry blossoms. The are originally from my deco japonism collection which you can buy in red as well here
The French lace coral head piece has been cut, draped and hand stitched onto a wire base. It is a part of my summer collection called deco japonism. You can buy the thread piece In two colour ways and other styles here
The Sammy dress pieces are perfect for all the classic and fame fairy tale themed outfits I have been sporting lately.
The crossed the straps in the front of the jumpsuit witch gives my trench a classic futuristic feeling. And my headpieces and blouse add a touch of future romanticism. The jumpsuit is the perfect piece to freshen and sharpen your classic or romantic wardrobe.
The hooded black fur coat adds the perfect amount of dark fairy tale to a delinquent schoolgirl outfit. The coat is the perfect length for trousers or a short skirt.


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