Image: Jessica Wyld
Earlier this year we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with Perth based artist Megan Isabella to create a range of silk robes with fabric designed by Megan.
Below Megan shares her creative process and inspiration behind each design........
When I first discovered Jessica's gorgeous silk robes on Instagram, I felt I absolutely had to collaborate with her on a collection. Based in Sydney NSW, Jessica is the owner of Ivy & Matilda, a design brand offering luxury silk robes to the Australian bridal market.
I was thrilled when she agreed to the creative partnership. With a shared love of all things floral I knew we could create something really special. Inspired by the timeless, romantic mood of Ivy & Matilda's brand, I created 3 unique illustrations for the collaboration and produced the fabric prints in 2 colour ways, an ivory white and a pastel colour so that brides and bridesmaids could wear them as a set on a wedding morning.
I designed this with the Modern Australian bride in mind. With a growing interest in brides using Australian native flora in their wedding flowers I wanted to create a design that would fit in with this patriotic theme. I grew up in the South-West of Australia and spent a lot of time in the bush, so I included species that were special to me: Geraldton Wax, Kangaroo Paw, Eucalyptus, Wattle. We have so many beautiful plants in this place, it was nice to be able to use them in my work.
I remember first falling in love with the historical Impressionism art movement when it was introduced to our art class during my final year of high school. The following year, the Art Gallery of WA held a huge exhibition of Claude Monet's works called Monet & Japan. I was fascinated by his obsession with Japanese aesthetics and the beautiful garden he had built in response. I used this as inspiration for the second design which features illustrations of chrysanthemums & dancing butterflies arranged in a french chinoiserie style pattern. A blend of french and japanese influences.
With the chance to design floral silk, how could I possibly resist making a print with my absolute favorite flower? This design is as feminine as it gets, with big fluffy peonies, soft feathers and some sweet smelling freesias thrown in for good measure. This was a pleasure to create from start to finish.
Me, digital painting with my Wacom tablet. Image: Jessica Wyld
The project took a good 6-8 months or more to pull together. I created all of the original designs, first by hand as sketches and then recreated on the computer with design software. Once the first drafts were ready, Jessica had sample silks printed to test the scale and colours. I reworked the designs and this back and forth continued until we finally had a beautiful range which then shot on location at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia.
We are both thrilled with how it turned out and we hope you get as much joy from these robes as we did creating them for you.
Robe Shoot: Ivy & Matilda x Megan Isabella.
Photography: AB Andres Brito @ab_andresbrito | MUA: Natalia Michail @natmichailmua | Model: Hannah Muggers @hannahmuggers
We were absolutely honoured to be a part of the 'Raw Romance' styled shoot by the amazing Emma of Coco & Confetti which is featured in White Magazine. Our white silk Preciosa robe is worn by the bride and our new range of plain silk robes by the bridesmaids.
Here the Coco & Confetti team share their inspiration behind the shoot.........
As soon as we started planning this shoot, themed around “Raw Romance”, we knew we wanted to feature a barefoot bride in a Grace Loves Lace gown. We wanted to capture the free-spirited nature of a wedding held away from all the distractions & complications of life and just focus on the purity of love, laughter, & a welcoming reception setting. The beautiful gown, “Genevieve“, was the perfect gown for the soft, relaxed but feminine feel of the bridal styling. The bridesmaids were also barefoot and loved the opportunity to roam through the fields in their gorgeous champagne-coloured, lace dresses – relaxed, comfortable and beyond beautiful”.
This styled photoshoot, themed around ‘Raw Romance’, is an exploration of the authentic and unadulterated beauty evident in a loving relationship when stripped bare of expectation and pretence. This underlying beauty formed the inspiration for our shoot that celebrates simplicity, honesty and a genuine romance, uncluttered by excess. Every aspect of the shoot was chosen to reflect this philosophy, using simple yet beautiful elements, carefully incorporated with attention to detail to allow the real-life couple and their love to shine.
The venue, Casa Ciani, doesn’t shy away from its roots as a former farmhouse but instead draws beauty and meaning from its natural surrounds – a country cottage nestled at the feet of a tumble rolling green hills in the Northern NSW hinterland and approached via a tree-lined boulevard. Stretching along the length of the drive was an intimate table setting for two dozen – distressed timber trestle tables and classic bentwood chairs, dressed with the textured greens and soft whites of botanical floral runners. Each place setting featured organic shaped earthenware crockery in natural tones and hand-dyed napkins, with gold accent flatware and the striking monochrome calligraphy of bespoke wedding stationery. The result was simple, honest and inviting.
The real-life couple arrived at the venue, barefoot and love-drunk, him in chinos and crisp white shirt, with the individual touch of a wooden bow tie and leather suspenders, her in a stunning ivory Grace Loves Lace gown and carrying a large gathered bouquet of native florals bound with hand- dyed silk. The two bridesmaids followed closely behind, wearing champagne lace dresses and braids of flower buds in their hair.
Event by Coco and Confetti
Photography Figtree Wedding Photography | Videographer Anchored Cinema |
Venue Casa Ciani by Cookie Doe Weddings Calligraphy & Stationery Cass Deller Design |
Styling, Florals + Prop Hire Coco & Confetti | Furniture Hodgepodge Hire | Wedding Website RennyLane |
Festoon Lighting AVIdeas | Gold Cutlery Gold Wedding Hire | Makeup Artist The Beauty Lineup |
Hair Tina Kristen Weddings | Silk Robes Ivy & Matilda |Cake & Cookies I Heart Cakes by Casey
Photobooth Insta Kombi |Wooden Bow Ties & Suspenders Wood & Beau
It's not hard to gather from all our fabrics that we love flowers at Ivy & Matilda. What we love even more than a beautiful floral print is the sight and smell of freshly cut flowers. Ever wondered why a vase full of flowers can change the whole feel of a room? Research has now proven that seeing and smelling flowers can change your brain's chemistry and leave you feeling more positive. Now we can justify all the money we spend on fresh flowers a week!
So what’s better than fresh flowers in a beautiful vase? Flowers in your hair! Flower crowns are the ultimate fashion accessory to bring out your inner bohemian goddess. Women have been wearing flowers in their hair since the Roman Empire but we love these modern day flower crowns.
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