She loved brides since her childhood, and she was her favorite toy and friend, who is keen to sit with her to tell her about her day at school, and sometimes she imagines that she is her mother, so she decorates her, style her hair, and changes her clothes, and with the passage of years, she becomes more attached to brides, and she began to collect some brides and renew them from their first features until her clothes.
one of the brides
22-year-old Ilham Abdel Salam, a graduate of the Institute of Islamic Decorations and Arabic Calligraphy, spoke about the beginning of her attachment to brides, and her renewal to them, as she told “The Seventh Day”: “I started my bridal journey 3 years ago, but the truth is that I love brides all my life. And I had a large group of them, and I was a child, I love to separate clothes for them, and take care of all their details.”
Renewing inspiration for the features of the bride
And she continued: “I started from a while learning to draw the features of the faces of brides and worked in such a kind of them, I designed amigurumi brides, and because I always love to try every new thing, I worked on the blyth brides and worked for them, which means repainting the bride’s lot, the topic was new here in Egypt, I was in a pocket The bride, without everything in it, including hair and clothes, even the eyes with others, and the eyelashes and features, is far from sculpting and re-drawing.”
Bride’s facial features
Bride’s face painting
Another recycled bride
Elham prefers to be inspired by the designs of dresses from old films, her favorite, to design the most beautiful dresses for brides, as she said: “I love any old thing, even if you only watch black and white films. with it”.
Stages of recycling the features of the bride
Regarding the tools that Ilham uses to renew brides, she said: “I initially use an electric cooler, so that I can sculpt with it, using soft pastel colors and color stabilizers, and any work on a bride takes three or four days, and I also carefully separate bridal dresses from fabric. Cotton, I buy it myself from the market.”
Ilham faces some difficulties in renewing it for brides, which she talked about, saying: “The difficulties that I face are many, including people who frustrate me, because I live in a village in Damietta around me. And I don’t hear any comments from anyone.”
Elham dreams of achieving more of her dreams on the ground, which she talked about, saying: “I myself continue to complete my field, and open a special shop for recycled brides again, and I can prove to any extent that any hand made need is great and should be appreciated.”