Armed Forces Day

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014

Armed Forces Day

So I have been working with the Historic Dockyard and the NMRN (national museum of the royal navy) for a little while now on various projects and it’s such and inspiring place to be. I was asked if I’d like to get involved with a Military Fashion Parade that they are organising as part of their Armed Forces Day events. The parade will highlight how military fashion has inspired high-street fashion through the years, from aviators to the humble T-shirts,from Duffle coats to nautical stripes! I have been asked to provide the ‘pin up’ element… A pin up girl was traditional plastered along the sides of planes and a incredibly beautiful local Pin Up model has kindly offered to model for me… Ally Holiday is a  Pinup model, cosplayer and proud UK Bombshell and I’m so excited to see her in my lingerie/work with her. I’m planning on using some garments from my new collection and possibly designing something new too (if I get time… there never seems to be enough hours in the day) I will also be showing a garment from my graduate collection… a dress inspired by 1940’s lingerie and traditional naval tattoos… It should be a really fun event and I’m sure Ally will steal the show in whatever we decide to put her in… She’s coming round in a minute and we’re going to try on some pieces and come up with a plan…. Getting the chance to work with other creative and inspirational people is one of the things I really love about my career! I am also having a stall at the event so come down and say hi and pick up a print too whilst you’re at it! Image from Ally Holidays Fb Page outfit by Rockabillybettie’s Retro Re-Do and Photography by...

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Summer Fashion School – 3/6 & 4/6

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

Summer Fashion School – 3/6 & 4/6

Sorry, It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m a bit behind, let me update you on what Summer and I have been up to on our weekly Fashion School Sessions… 3/6 This week we focussed on creating the large applique bird Summer wanted to put on the front of her dress. I went and brought some bondaweb (like wonderweb strips but is on a roll with paper backing) and we used this to create fabric collage (how I explained applique to Summer) Firstly we figured out a rough size then Summer sketched out the bird. Sections were added which could be made from different materials. We then cut these all out and ironing the bondaweb to the reverse of the fabric we then set about putting together our puzzle. Summer really enjoyed the experience and was super happy with the final result… We’re going to add eye and feet details with a fabric pen next week) Here are some snaps I took of the process…   4/6 So this week it was time to make the dress. I choose a really simple dress pattern that I had previously used for my real Fashion School. We tweaked the pattern a little to make sure it was a better fit then set out cutting out our pattern pieces. This was also Summer’s first real time on the sewing machine. I was so proud of her! She did amazing! Once we had a 2 pieces Summer pinned them together and after a quick lesson started putting her dress together. A quick try on and some minor alterations and we were done! You could tell Summer was really proud of her dress and rightly so! After that we attached the bird to the front and the end is in site. We’re taking a break next week as Summer is off on a little break with her family, but will be back the week after to finish embellishing the dress and hopefully doing a photoshoot! Here are some photos that show the progress of the session (which was an hour and half this week)...

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Rhys

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

Rhys

Well, a little while ago I received an email from someone I used to go to Uni with. She is now teaching at a local secondary school and had one student in mind when I received the following email – “I have a wonderful student doing his GCSE fashion and he has just done an art piece inspired by you!! He found you online and nearly died of excitement when I said I knew you. Would you come in for one of our lessons and draw with him or chat with him about his project?!? If can work something out that’s be so good!” Of course I said yes! On Monday I popped down to surprise this lovely young man during his Textile class. I was stood looking at the wall displays when he walked in, his teacher then said, “Rhys, looks who’s here…” and as I turned round this enthusiastic young man squealed with excitement (and shock haha) then once he caught his breath, turned and ran out of the room saying he was going to get his Art work… Returning slightly shell shocked a little later he showed me through his work including some really good studies of my recent prints. It was so humbling to see someone so inspired by my art, he was so excited to see me and it was infectious…. We talked though his drawings and collages and his ideas for his textile piece and I was able to offer my advice and little hints. We also did a bit of drawing together and I sketched a quick portrait of Rhys for him to keep! It was honestly such a fun experience and one I wont forget! I let Rhys choose one of my prints to keep and he also asked to keep my pencil which I loved… May it bring you lots of success young man!! Rhys emailed me later in the day thanking for me for the visit – “Thank you so much for coming in today it has been the best day ever for me so glad I met you, just a shame that it went to quickly can’t wait to see you again!” What a cutie! I also got a chance to chat to a few of the other girls in the class and hopefully I’ll be be able to get the chance to go back and see their end of year shows! Here are a couple of...

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Summer Fashion School – 2/6

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

Summer Fashion School – 2/6

Well, week 2 done. I honestly cannot believe how quickly an hour goes by when we’re working together, if only they went that quick when I’m at work! haha So this week we concentrated on illustration and finalising the collection. Summer is already a keen illustrator so I think she enjoyed this week, she did really well. I gave Summer a selection of templates to choose from to help her make her drawings look like a collection, After a few examples and handy tips she started to draw her designs using the silhouette under the paper. Once that was complete we started adding some colour using ProMarkers. I adore these pens and their watercolour-esq finish. I use them for my illustrations and Summer liked working with them too which is a bonus. Finally some detail was added to the illustration using a black fine-liner. I’m so impressed with Summer and what she created… I took loads of snaps this week so will put them all below… what do you think? I think she did so well!! In case anyone else is interested in my freelance teaching please get in touch. I have a Pttls qualification and am Arts award trained for Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver. I also have a full CRB check and have done disability training. I am keen to undertake more freelance teaching work and really enjoy these sessions! Wouldn’t it be fun if one day I could do this all the time! Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll be back next week when we start playing around with...

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