Lace is a starting point . I am interested in the impact of art on fashion and fashion on art, especially the Roccoco era with its preoccupation of collecting, identifying and cataloguing of new plants and flowers. It resulted in fashion moving away from heavy fabrics of the Baroque to the light and fluid fabrics, and characteristics of asymmetry, naturalism and surface decoration. By painting, collaging, textile elements and other found objects, I have rendered realistic images of 18th Century costumes ambiguous and semi-abstract forms. Some of the original works are depicted upon Rococco patterned backgrounds such as Mechlin lace exploring such technology as photo-transfer on materials such as velvet, canvas, linen, perspex and board. From this, some of the works have been photographed and printed onto watercolour paper using an inkjet printer. The work maintains a playful and experimental theme throughout. I have brought the garden into the figures, keeping them idealized and surnatural, aiming for the artist Antoine Watteau’s sensibility, honesty and delicate manner.