Bridal Hair Accessory Ideas
Hair accessories, flowers and bridal bouquets created from discarded plastic bottles
Photography by Julia McIntosh Photography
Yes, that’s right – the beautiful flowers you can see in these images all started life as discarded plastic bottles, before artist Liberty Everson-Nightingale works her magic, turning them into stunning flowers that can be used as hair accessories or bridal flowers for your big day.
Known as Flottles™ and hand-sculpted in Cornwall, they bloom as beautiful decorations, bridal flowers, hair accessories and brooches and are ideal for those who want to give back to the planet or simply have allergies which makes real flower decorations a no-no.
“I first created Flottles™ flowers 13 years ago, as a creative sideline to my career as a teacher,” says Liberty. “Everyone loved them. At the time the idea of reusing a material was not so in trend as it is today. Now a mum myself, nurturing my own young family, I am pursuing my love of the beautiful and interesting, creating sculpture from recycled materials. I hand-create flowers from bottles!
“Flottles™ are often mistaken for glass sculptures, and so I encourage people to touch them and see how they have been created. I use a material that challenges the concept of preciousness. Society places so much value on new items and materials - my work shows that a material doesn’t have to be new to be valued. I view my plastic in a way that vintage material is now viewed. It’s strong, useful and desirable when used in a creative way.
“Using plastic bottles to create something new and wonderful also provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the waste we throw away. It feels so refreshing that my customers feel a similar way; they truly value their Flottles™ due to their uniqueness and they bring a smile to their face. A handcrafted piece of art using re-purposed plastic bottles becomes precious to them.
“For bespoke orders I consult with each client. Many enquiries come through email, social media and word of mouth. I enjoy meeting with the customers I am designing for and being part of the excitement of choosing flower shapes and colours. I often add bright glass beads and vintage beads. I’ve included silver and gold heart lockets and beads from loved one’s jewellery in bridal bouquets. I enjoy the whole process from planning a design from imagination, working with the plastic and adding colourful artwork to each flower. I’m constantly dreaming up and playing with ways to use the discarded bottles I find. I’m inspired by experimenting with new ideas! I just have to make them in to a reality.”
For more information visit www.FlottlesByLiberty.com
Photography: Julia McIntosh Photography, www.juliamcintoshphotography.com
Photography assistant: Shaz Lillisant
Location: Enys House, Penryn, Cornwall
Models: Posy, India and Madeline
Make-up: Sally Orchard
Hair: No 8 Hairdressing, Truro