Last year I came across http://yukiinoue.blogspot.com.au/ and her beautifully made Filled vinyl collars and since then I couldn't stop thinking about all the great things that could be put in them if they were customisable.
linncraft had a sale on vinyl, I couldn't help myself. I had to try it out.
I've used collected ferns in paintings and collages so with the leather pouches and cuffs I was making it just made sense to try making an accessory that was transparent, while running along the same ferny dialogue I've been using for years with the 3D works like Terrariums and video work.
i don't have a sewing machine so I had the idea of making a one piece folding collar with press studs to secure it.
Steaming the vinyl helped to make it stick and eliminate any creases or folds.
i filled the first collar with some paint I peeled from my palette.
The second one I filled with ferns and some dried Foraged plants I gathered in the summer for Dyes.