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I came to Ankara, Turkey from New Orleans, Louisiana in early 2009, I have done extensive research on different obscure crafts and artforms which have slowly started to die off due to the lack of artisans specializing in those crafts. I decided since I have come here that I would dedicate my life to learning those artforms, and try to preserve them through creating culture rich pieces.

Some of the arforms I have learned are Turkish tatted lace, also known as Mekek. Mekek is also called shuttle tatting. This form is typically considered difficult to learn, but easy to do once it is learned. Tatted lace became more obscure over time as cheaper, readily available factory created laces gained popularity through the world.

Japanese Tsumami Kanzashi is one of the most beautiful artforms I have ever seen. Tsumami Kanzashi is the pinching…

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  • Joined October 25, 2009

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Silk, Crystal, Metal, Lace, Glass Beads, Precious Stones, Feathers, Shell, Tambour Hooks, Beautiful Threads

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About

I came to Ankara, Turkey from New Orleans, Louisiana in early 2009, I have done extensive research on different obscure crafts and artforms which have slowly started to die off due to the lack of artisans specializing in those crafts. I decided since I have come here that I would dedicate my life to learning those artforms, and try to preserve them through creating culture rich pieces.

Some of the arforms I have learned are Turkish tatted lace, also known as Mekek. Mekek is also called shuttle tatting. This form is typically considered difficult to learn, but easy to do once it is learned. Tatted lace became more obscure over time as cheaper, readily available factory created laces gained popularity through the world.

Japanese Tsumami Kanzashi is one of the most beautiful artforms I have ever seen. Tsumami Kanzashi is the pinching and folding of silk into a beautiful petal, and then set onto a base to create a flower. Many people know who Geisha were, and almost instantly images of floral hair ornaments come to mind, yet not many people are familiar with how these gorgeous flowers are crafted. There are only a handful of artisans trained in this traditional Japanese art today, and it is very rare for them to train a student.

Tambour Embroidery is the bead embroidery used in making French haute couture clothing by famous French designers. Tambour Embroidery has been around for centuries, but due to machines again, this artform is losing popularity. As French Haute Couture slowly loses the sway on Celebrities it use to have in the 50's due to celebrities creating their own fashion lines, Tambour bead embroider is becomming extinct. Machines can never replicate the craftmanship of a hand Tamboured piece. There are only two schools in th world that teach Tambour embroidery. There is one is Lesage in Paris, and the other is from a University proffesor in the USA who went to Lesage and decided to teach at his University to preserve the art through costume design. Zari Embroidery is a form of Tambour, but true Zari embroidery uses fine gold leaf and silver leaf threads and high quality beads to create intricately embroidered pieces. The cheap manufactored pieces found on the internet today are typically through low-wage labor, and are not created from the fine zari threads that Zardozi was once known for by Royalty.

I love preserving historical, cultural beauty, and this is why I decided to open Crimson Petal Couture.

I am also married to a lovely Turkish husband, and I have two amazing, beautifully sweet little girls which inspire me to pass on this wonderful history and traditions.

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