Hi, thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Sarah Cownley and I am the face behind Catch a Glimpse. An award winning jewelry designer, Catch a Glimpse is a look into my life showcasing all things I find interesting and exciting. I spent time in France, earned a certificate in Haute Couture Beadwork and Embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel), and attended Paris Fashion Week. I spent some time traveling around Europe and experiencing many different cultures and traditions. This blog is a place for me to share what I find on my travels through my journey.
As a freelance fashion writer, I attend runway shows at Paris Fashion Week and Couture Week. I write about Parisian fashion for publications and online magazines such as “A Needle Pulling Thread,” “A Girls Guide to Paris,” and “Trend Hunter.”
I hold an honors diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Design, am a graduate of Sheridan College Crafts and Design, majoring in Textile Design and achieved a certificate from PMC Fine Silver Connection in Chicago. I have recently finished an apprenticeship in Paris with Lesage (atelier house owned by Chanel) and received a certificate for Professional Couture Beadwork and Embroidery.
I have recently been selected as one of Swarovski Crystal’s top 20 North American designers for 3 consecutive years from 2006. My work has been featured in magazines and newspapers such as “West of the City” and “The Hamilton Spectator,” and “The Burlington Post.” I was also recently seen featured on “CHCH Morning Live,” where I spoke about my jewelry and the world of couture fashion in Paris.
On this blog, I will showcase craft, and the age old techniques used in couture fashion. Craft is a dying trade, and this website aims to bring light upon handmade items and the artisans who make them. Haute Couture fashion brings together many of the remaining Parisian atelier houses that still use the same craft techniques as when they first opened their doors. Many of these craft houses have been around for over 100 years, but are being threatened by retiring workers, a younger generation unwilling to learn the work, and cheaper work being available overseas. I intend to bring light on this little known world of artists and creators and give readers an inside view of the atelier houses that support the Couture industry. From beading and embroidery to millinery and shoe making, this website will showcase artists and ateliers and even share some DIY ideas.
Since I love traveling and exploring new places, I will share my experiences and adventures whether it is somewhere local or far away. I feel that the best education one can have includes travel. Learning about the history, the culture and traditions of other people enable us to grow and have a greater understanding of mankind.
Currently spending my time living in Burlington, Ontario, I design jewelry and teach classes in Haute Couture Embroidery. You can follow my work through the “Glimpse Creations” tab, check out my classes though the “Classes/Shows” tab, or visit my website www.glimpsebeads.com