The making of Oh Huntress
My journey of making bespoke wedding dresses and building Oh Huntress started with growing up on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. From an early age I was exposed to hands-on, authentic craft. Whether it was making a meal with fresh veggies from the garden or watching my mother dye and spin wool from our sheep, creating has always been a big part of my life from an early age.
As a teenager, determined to not fit into the mould, I would spend hours as thrift stores picking out the most outrageous pieces of clothing I could find, always with something bigger in mind. When I got home I would sit on my bedroom floor, old clothes strewn out beside me, and unpick and resew outfits together that really fit me and made me feel 100% myself. Slowly through this, I taught myself how to sew, and gained a good understanding of how the construction of clothing worked.
As I grew up I started to recognise the huge connection I felt between emotions and clothing. As a result, I started to focus my time and energy into learning more and making clothes from scratch for friends and family. This slowly and naturally progressed into my passion for making wedding dresses.
There is no item of clothing as emotive as a wedding dress and this is absolutely why I love making them so much. That moment the bride arrives at the end of the aisle, surrounded by those who support her most, wearing what could only be an extension of herself, is truly magical.