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Over the years, there are garments I have made for which I am particularly proud.
Most of my Limelight Gallery originals havefound a home with their originals.
When they left the studio, some of my heart left with them.
Each original has its own story, which I’ve shared with you.


*Photos shot by Steve Di Monte of Change Your Life Photography

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For All Time
SOLD
$660

For my “Roots and Wings” show in 2016 I took handmade articles of cloth made by another artist and incorporated them into a new garment. So ideas that had roots in another's mind and hands, I gave them a new set of wings to fly again. For this creation, it was Maureen Harding's felted cloth in which I fell in love.

This is a picture of Kaitlyn modelling For All Time in the show, which is one of my all time favourites for the joy of it. The judges for the Wearable Art Show thought so too. They used For All Time as the feature on the front of their 2018 promotion card.
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Patched Into Canada
$660
Denim, a hard wearing fabric, represents all the people of Canada and their diligent work to make this country so great. The mix and match patch portrays our diverse heritage and colourful communities.
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Sense and Sensibility
SOLD
$845
I loved Jane Austen growing up! I wanted to celebrate Jane on her 200th anniversary so I developed a show in 2018 called Sense and Sensibility. This jacket was the show’s name sake and had every element that I hold dear when I think of that time period. I transposed it into a creation for our modern day. Lace, embroidery, an old world printed linen fabric, a face framingcollar and a flattering feminine fit. I think Jane would have loved it too! Annette, one of my personable models, agreed and now it’s hers.
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We Stand on Guard for Thee
SOLD
$980
Celebrating Canada's birthday was important to me considering how grateful I am that my parents immigrated here. So I wanted to create something inspired by our national anthem, with a bit of a military feel to it, so that is what set the mood.

Canada loves plaid, and it is rich in colour and texture so it was a joy to work with. Having an authentic collection of real vintage military buttons helped manoeuver the design. This jacket was my star commander from my 2016 Roots and Wings Show.
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Poppy Poetry
SOLD
$1,200
How do you pay respect to someone you haven't met, but who has lovingly hand cross-stitched a bouquet of poppies? I found this floral fantasy in a battered frame in a thrift shop. I had to buy it, take it out of the frame and gently clean it. Then I popped into bed and dreamt of how I could nurture it into a new work of art so that people notice it once again. I woke up, said a prayer and cut into it. It was my hope that the end result matched my dream. And it did!Made for my 2018 Sense and Sensibility Show celebrating Jane Austin.
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When You Wish Upon a Star
SOLD
Originally $1,700

When this one came back on consignment my friend Lynn snapped it up.

It was THE highlight of a show that I did in 2000 of the same name. When Lynn walks down the street in When You Wish Upon a Star people stop, stare and smile. She does not see this, for she is busy saving the planet; but I and others do. An entrepreneurial woman wearing a beautiful coat that makes her feel ‘pretty in pink’ adds a powerful punch. This brightens the day for everyone around her, as she strides with great confidence down the street. It makes her feel like she owns that cornerof the world - she’s a PowerPoint presentation in action.

As I write this in 2018 I smile myself -because something I put my heart into making is still out there 18 years after its introduction -doing what was intended. Helping a woman feel like she can conquer the world with a genuine smile and a swish, it’s a colour-full coat!
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Tree Bark Benefactor*
SOLD
$860

Amazing glorious colour! Truly inspired by the felted shibori shawl created by Maureen Harding of Dream Spin Fibres. It sent me all over looking for the perfect fabric accompaniment. Found it in a blanket (!), so it became a cape; a very cozy one. An artful necklace, disassembled, volunteered for the closure. Bringing different, beautiful elements together to make a more exiting whole was icing on the cake of life for me. That it sold immediately made the cake chocolate, a sachertorte ...
 
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Castel Béranger*
SOLD

This jacket was created in response to a
challenge sent out to artists of the
Wearable Art Show (2013) to create
something inspired by architecture.
I chose Castel Béranger, a building in Paris
designed by Hector Guimard during the
Art Nouveau period.
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Woodland's Whisper*
SOLD

Every year there is a garment
that is a "10" in my mind.
In 2013, this was it for me.
Modelled by Lynn at the
Wearable Art Show that fall.
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Red Hot Mama*
SOLD

A featured piece for the 2011 Fashion Runway at the Just -for-Us Originals Wearable Art Show. The collar was completely removable, enabling many different looks; an innovation for me.
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Red Hot Mama Undressed*
SOLD

A chameleon without her collar.
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Celebrating the Everyday!*
SOLD

A jacket of all trades, from fun in the fall sun to featured at a felicitous soirée. And the focus of a front cover, "In Our Space", Fall 2012.
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A Woman's Heart*
Studio Collection

A collage of lace, vintage and antique elements, as delicate as the heart, for the second time love blooms. This award winning garment is upcycling at its finest.
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Autumn Glory
SOLD

Consider this to be the most beautifully dramatic coat I've ever made. That's my daughter modeling it. Same goes for her.
Mustang Sally
SOLD

 I had a show called "Under the Hood" at the Legendary Car Museum in Milton. There are stunning cars there (do they call cars stunning?) The jacket was too.
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Red Rider
SOLD

Any woman that's got a decent waist looks great in a bomber jacket. I love this picture of my friend Sandra in this one.
Sense and Sensibility
SOLD

This is my Madrid style and the title reflects my head in the sky but feet on the ground approach. Puts the fun in functional.
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Falling Leaves
SOLD

People loved this design of stylized leaves falling down the front and back of this jacket. It became a signature design for me.
Swing
SOLD

This suit was inspired by the forties and was made early in my career. I don't make suits any more, just jackets (although I can supply the extra fabric for you to have one made). Still love this one.
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Daybreak in Bolivia
SOLD

Made this as the center piece of a show I had with the same name which took place in a beautiful old barn in Glen Williams. There was a poster made with this photo on it.
Sherwood Forest
SOLD

Another early design using rich but hard wearing fabrics like velvet (The cotton velvet came from Belgium and was intended for light upholstery) and tapestry from the decorating industry. Timeless.
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Medieval Wedding Dress
SOLD

It wasn't designed for anyone in particular but the girl who finally bought it and wore it was over the moon. It garnered rave reviews. I really liked it too.
Tapestry Treasure
SOLD

Definitely inspired by another era when I came across this tapestry. If you have to wear a coat, why not wear one that's comfortable AND beautiful.
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Victorian Essence
SOLD

This dress was inspired by Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". It was bought by a lovely fun lady who was renewing her vows in Barbados (in bare feet no less). It was a happy thing.
Magnolia
SOLD

This one was inspired by a painting by Sheryl Gerard with the same title. They were displayed in an art gallery together. The painting was stunning and the jacket turned out pretty good too.
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Belle
SOLD

Another very early piece inspired by the Victorian era when a bride wore Sunday best and not necessarily white. Still think the idea of wearing something this rich and beautiful more than once is a great idea so I made two skirts. This lace one for the wedding and a tailored pencil skirt for other occasions.
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Cream
SOLD

Started designing toppers that can change for different occasions. This one had a removable collar for a simpler look. Felt like a cozy sweater on but looked so much more polished.
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Bavarian Beauty
SOLD

Designed for my "Waltzing the World" Show in 2007 inspired by Bavarian costume. Ro is modeling it and she works all my shows if I can get her. Beauty, brains and she's a riot!
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Moonlight
SOLD

Designed with a mature minded bride in mind who might enjoy wearing it again for another occasion. I had imagined someone being married in the evening under the moonlight when I made it. And that's what happened!
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Turkish Temptress
SOLD

I call this my tuxedo style with it's fit and dropped back. Tuxedos usually come in black. This is so not black!
 
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Cape Town
SOLD

Love the versatility of this style - truly a four season piece and it fits just about everybody. I try to design one or two every year.
 
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Blue Sky Thinking
SOLD

Custom design (in the days when I did custom) for a really neat client and she thought it was terrific. Love the play of denim with velvet. Blue is so refreshing and friendly.
 
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Waltzing the World
SOLD

This jacket was the highlight of a show with the same name. I had it modeled with a beautiful layered lace ballerina length skirt complete with crinoline. But it looks awesome with a pair of jeans too.
 
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Lady in Lace
SOLD

One of my very early pieces incorporating vintage lace in with new lace to make a modern garment with an old world feel. So-o-o feminine.
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She's HOT
SOLD
The hot colours of a hand-felted scarf (by Maureen Harding), which I cut up, was the inspiration for my choice of fabrics uesd in this jacket. It has a winter lining. You will look HOT in the middle of the cold.
 
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The Chorus
SOLD

This is my Indo-etro style topper. The main fabric is hand-dyed cotton and was definitely the inspiration. Tried a fractured fabric treatment on the arms, which I liked. All together it sings.
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Dream Scheme
SOLD

Fell in love with the beautiful blues in this hand-woven fabric. The marriage of all the elements including the felted scarf (another Maureen Harding creation), it made it a happy swing coat. .
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Vested Interest
SOLD

A collaboration with Maureen Harding (a fellow member of ArtWear Network) of Dream Spin Fibers who hand dyed the fabric used in the body of the swing vest and parts of the collage as well. Could be worn as a top or as a vest.
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Turquoise Goth
SOLD

Another collaboration. I took her shibori dyed and felted shawl to use in the construction of the bodice of this top. The silk sleeve edges were ruched up and gave it a gothic look.
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Flanked in Flames
SOLD

The hand dyed fabric by Maureen Harding used through the side panels of this cape top inspired the whole thing. Pieces of shibori dyed and felted fabric were also used in the collage through the center front and back.
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Timorous Tiger
SOLD

The starting point for this design was once again a beautiful piece of Maureen Harding's shibori dyed and felted fabric. The bomber style adds fun to the serious beauty of the jacket top.
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