mbucky on Jul 2, 2016
I love my new hair clip and cannot wait to wear it at my wedding! Thank you!! Fast shipping!
mbucky on Jul 2, 2016
Such a beautiful and creative item. Thank you for the fast and careful shipping!! A+ Seller
lisapicarella217 on Jun 30, 2016
Really happy with my purchase. Item came as described and shipping was prompt. Will definitely purchase more in the future.
Kanzashi originated thounsands of years ago in Japan during the Jomon period as sticks and combs which were considered to possess mystical powers of protection. The Tsumami Kanzashi style of the folded fabric flowers appeared during the Edo period when the hair styles evolved from the long and straight to the upswept. It has been has designated as a traditional Japanese Handicraft. Kanzashi hair ornaments are currently most popular with Shinto brides and apprentice Geisha called Maico.
Traditionally the Japanese create Kanzashi by folding fabric squares and mounting them on bases using a special rice glue. I learned my technique differently, a kind of American spin-off. My petals begin the same way, by folding fabric squares. But then they are sewn together in the center and then finished with commercial craft glue. I am inspired by 20th century vintage palettes, haute couture, and found materials. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and handmade only by me in St. Louis. It is not my mission to be a traditional Kanzashi master or to imitate the Japanese aesthetics. I only wish to express myself artistically, and folding fabric is the medium that speaks to me, second only to the performance art of putting on a runway show.
The majority (80%?) of the fabrics are repurposed, upcycled, or vintage. Lots of fabric gets bought, saved, never used, and eventually given up on. This is the fabric that I love to bring back to life in my flowers. All of the buttons come to me second hand. I never buy buttons from the fabric store. More than half of them are vintage or antique. Even about half of the felt I use for the backing I get from my local craft supply recycle centers. Only the hardware is commercial except for special finds like some vintage combs.
Scarlett and Maria is named after Scarlett O'Hara and Fraulein Maria. Both of these characters were pioneers in upcycling having made amazing garments out of curtains in their films. When I first returned to crafting I was making mini skirts out of curtain valances and the name stuck. I do still use vintage curtains from time to time to make my flowers.
Making a Fascinator
Member of the St. Louis Craft Mafia
2012 RAWards Semi-Finals nominee for Best Accessories Designer
Eleanor Kurtz Lunn
Owner, Designer, Customer Service
For adult use ONLY! Scarlett and Maria designs are NEVER to be worn by any person 12 years old or younger.
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Refunds and Exchanges
If the item is unsatisfactory, I must have it returned to me unused before a refund (that will not include shipping) will be issued.
If the item never arrives, I will offer store credit or attempt to remake something you like just as well. Refunds will only be given on missing packages if you cooperate with my efforts to make an insurance claim.