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Four years on and going strong- 21 October 2014

This blog is a chance for me to invite you to a little deeper into the inner workings of 'Passionflower Creations'. To let you peek into my glorified cupboard of a studio and share some of my creative process, my challenges and my joys.

It's been four years since I launched this business and sometimes I get frustrated at not being as strongly focussed on the business side of things as I like to be able to be, due to single-parenting my three children, but the creative side of things has been such a journey of joy and inspiration!

What I do feeds both of my passions. 

I am intensely interested in people. I've always believed in the celebration of individuality and I love that feeling of 'getting someone' and being able to capture that in a piece of art that somehow speaks to others about who the wearer is as an individual. That's priceless.

And I love the physical and mental process of creating art.  Playing with colour and form and texture makes me feel happy.  Creating beauty uplifts my spirit.  Solving the puzzle of composition by bringing often quite diverse elements together into a pleasing whole gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

'Dark side of the Moon' fascinator  rainbow shenanigans at shamballa 2013

'Dark Side of the Moon' inspired fascinator.


Created to wear to a music festival where me and a group of friends had agreed a co-ordinated rainbow dress-up theme.


'Vivre la France' fascinator  

'Vivre la France' fascinator with real snail shells and artificial garlic, made for a 'dress up as something French' party.

'Orangutan Bride' fascinator 

A commission for a wedding where the bride had been rescuing orangutans and the groom was a 'computer nerd' and they both loved bicycles. This one lights up and the base is a record!

'Foxy' fascinator  

A felted fox fascinator.

Hayley Burgess bespoke fascinator

This one was created from a list of my clients' interests and passions and includes a bespoke portrait on the bottle label.

I had such fun making all of these!

Now winter is looming and I am plotting lots of serious crafting.  I have lots of exciting ideas I'm keen to realise and I can't wait to get started on them.

close up of handmade resin 'shots' 

Resin 'shots' I made for cocktail themed fascinators.

I'm always open to exploring new ideas and would love to hear any suggestions for themes that people would like to see me explore, so please feel free to comment below or email me at vashti.passionflower@gmail.com.

I'll be uploading tutorials onto the website soon, for those that like to make their own accessories, so do check back or like our Facebook page to keep updated on those.

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