Today I introduce you to Nicola Sidaway-Smith, from Birmingham, UK of the PinkTigersDen on Etsy. You can also find her gorgeous hair pieces at www.TiarasAndFascinators.com
I am in love with this piece...it's called the Sarah Fascinator- I think if you are among the brave you may be able to wear this during the day.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
I'm inspired by lots of things but mostly organic shapes and colours from flowers, leaves, fruits and which I can then transfer into patterns and ideas for my headpieces. I'm also really inspired by other artists and am obsessed with cutting out ideas from magazines and sticking them into my scrapbook to call on when I have 'sewer's block'.
What are your favorite materials to use?
My main materials are sinamay which is a mesh that is pressed, looped and sewn into place to create the shapes I use as the basis to my fascinators. It comes in a wide variety of colours and when moistened, shaped and dried takes on the shape you want it to so is really versatile. I also love crystals and pearls and there is just something wonderful about taking a flat piece of mesh and a few crystals and constructing out of it an elaborate head piece or a beautiful piece of jewellery.
Who are some etsy artists that you admire?
I absolutely adore The House of Mouse because of the tiny cutest mice that Anna the owner creates. I just wouldn't know which one to have because they are all so cute!
I am also really inspired by my fellow Etsy Wedding Teamers Mikiye Creations and Whichgoose. Both produce exquisite hair pieces which are totally different from what you can buy on the high street.