Friday, 28 August 2009

Susan Meets Her Muse

After my wonderful holiday it was back to work – which wasn’t such a chore.
My first day back was leading a monthly PR Workshop for Train 2000 in Liverpool where I coach new businesswoman on how to raise their media profile.
I love this job. I get to work in one of the best cities in the world, I get to share what I have learned to help others and best of all I meet some amazing women with wonderful stories.
Women like Susan Comer who graduated from Hope University in 2006 with a First Class Honours degree in Design and who has turned a passion into a thriving business.
So what does she do?
I’ll let Susan explain
“I create unique, one-off wearable art pieces by deconstructing vintage and non-vintage garments, which can either be worn or displayed.
Each piece, whether it is a cape, stole or tippet, is created using a variety of techniques and processes. I begin by deconstructing the garment and attach the separate pieces to a mannequin, sculpting by pinning and unpinning until I am satisfied with the form. Working in this way enables me to make wonderful discoveries of the properties and potential of the fabric, allowing it to dictate what will eventually become a three dimensional sculpture.”
And Susan’s muse is none other than the gande dame of film – Tilda Swinton.
“Tilda is my muse. I feel she personnifies my customer: free spirited with a strong personality; a woman who is confident in who she is and will wear what she wants as opposed to what fashion dictates.”
And Susan recently met her muse (pictured) when she attended an arts festival in Scotland.
“I had made a tippet for Tilda but didn’t have the courage to talk to her. Then I realised I may never get the chance again and I took a deep breath and walked up to her. We chatted for ages and she loved the tippet so much she put it on and was very happy to have her photograph taken. It was a wonderful experience.”
I was so impressed with Susan’s work I have decided to take this dress to her to see what she can do – I’ll keep you posted


  1. Stories like this renew my hope in happy ventures. Love her site and I can't wait to see what she does with your dress.

  2. Reasons I am so jealous of Susan:
    1) She MET Tilda Swinton. Dude!
    2) She gets to refashion a piece for you. I love doing that kind if thing.

    Seriously, well-played, Susan and Jane. :-)

  3. Hi there-wow, what a success story Susan is, such a great post! I'll love to see what she does with your beautiful 50s gown, its stunning already, so it will be even more so!!

  4. Fascinating ladies, Susan, Tilda Swinton, of course! I love your job, Jane. I think that's what I would have like to have done if I'd stayed in Italy. Here the language imperfection wouldn't allow me to do it! Well done to all of you! Have a nice weekend! PS Sun is shining here as well, but don't know how long!

  5. Wow! What a Beautiful Gown! Susan is solely INGENIOUS and I luv Tilda, I think she is incredibly FASHIONABLY FABULOUS!!!
    p.s. I luv this post!!!!:)