Getting to know… Tussy Mussy Bouquets

By now I think we have all admired the stunning handwork of Tussy Mussy whose bouquets featured in our recent 20s/30s glam fashion shoot.  I’ve always been a huge fan of bouquet alternatives, particularly those which double as a lovely keepsake.  Sarah from Tussy Mussy creates the most gorgeous vintage inspired fabric flower bouquets as well as button bouquets and even gorgeous accessories such as clutches made from vintage fabrics.  Imagine having a vintage inspired clutch handcrafted from your nanna or mothers wedding gown for those who simply can’t find a way to rework it to be worn again.

Can you tell us a bit about Tussy Mussy?

I chose the name Tussy Mussy as it means a small posy of flowers made popular by the Victorians. They used the meaning of flowers to send secret messages to loved ones which I find so romantic. I use luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvet, lace and doilies to create my fabric flowers and then embellish with jewellery and found objects. I add meanings using jewellery flowers and good luck charms such as a lucky sixpences, four leaf clovers and lucky black cats.

Since a child I have always been interested in antiques and jewellery. I have my mum and two grandmothers to thank for that. However, it didn’t become an obsession until I stumbled across an eco wedding website and saw like minded people creating beautiful wedding objects from vintage and recycled materials. As I love scouring markets and fairs for vintage items I thought I would combine my love of fabric flowers, vintage fabric and jewellery and create bespoke fabric bouquets.

Can you describe your style?

My style is very eclectic and I like a mix of eras and styles but especially like the romance of the Victorian era and the richness of the Art Deco period. I love pretty jewellery, silk and delicate lace but my bouquets have an eco element as well.

Where are you based and what areas do you serve?

I work from home on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland, serving Australia and worldwide. My first bouquet was sold to a Canadian bride. My aim is to work with the bride and groom from conception to completion by sending regular emails and photos of the bouquet in progress.

What type of bouquets do you offer?

I create fabric and brooch bouquets from vintage and reclaimed materials. Over 80% of my bouquets are from vintage and repurposed materials. More recently I have started to experiment creating flowers from the finest Australian leather for a totally unique look perfect for a rock and roll bride!

What advice do you have for couples choosing flowers/bouquets?

For some brides real flowers will only ever do. But a fabric bouquet can offer a versatile alternative as it is much easier to match with dresses, themes and colours. There are many brides who are now choosing fabric bouquets due to pollen allergies or to compliment their vintage wedding. A fabric bouquet can be ideal for brides who are getting married overseas as it can be popped into a suitcase. My advice to couples is to create a wedding storyboard. Pinterest is great for this and you can share it easily with friends and family.

How early should couples book with you?

I like about 8-12 weeks’ notice. This allows me to source all the vintage and repurposed materials required.

What is your favourite flower?

My favourite has to be the rose it is timeless and comes in so many shades.

What is your favourite wedding story?

I love stories that involve relatives and friends coming together to help make or bake items or donating their time or services. I think this makes a wedding truly special day for all and brings back memories of my own vintage and handmade wedding back in 2002.

What do you love most about creating your bouquets?

I love creating heirlooms that are personal to a couple, whether it is adding fabric from a mums or grandmothers wedding dress, a piece of family jewellery or just objects that mean something to the bride and groom.

I love the old wedding traditions such as something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, silver sixpences and lucky charms and often add these to bouquets.

What do you think are the upcoming trends for 2013/2014?

To be honest I do not follow trends. For me, an idea for a bouquet can often come from something as simple as a button or piece of fabric. There is nothing wrong with following the latest trends but if it is a trend you don’t totally love or feel comfortable with it can make for an awkward wedding day.

What can couples expect when they visit your stand?

Expect to see beautiful handcrafted bouquets created with love and dedication. A selection of beautiful silk wedding clutches, cake toppers and wedding figures using vintage and repurposed materials will also be on display.

Are you running any specials on the day?

For every bouquet ordered on the day I will present it in a beautiful hand covered hatbox worth $55.