Pompey Punks… A new project with Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016

Pompey Punks… A new project with Portsmouth Cultural Trust

I’m thrilled to be involved in this exciting project in partnership with The Portsmouth Cultural Trust. This Heritage Lottery funded project, officially called Provincial Punk in Pompey Project will allow local young people to explore 40 years of provincial Punk in Pompey. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of punk – a genre that profoundly changed the British cultural scene, particularly in cities like Portsmouth, the project hope to celebrate punk’s major influences on British culture and support a new generation in discovering the history of punk in Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Cultural Trust has been awarded a £30,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project is a multi-stranded project including fashion, film, music and more. You can find out more about the project on the Portsmouth Guildhall website by clicking here, or visit the project blog here. Punk’s ‘do-it-yourself’ ethos had particular resonance in cities and towns not normally associated with the music business and in communities badly affected by the economic downturn of the time. It had a very strong following in Portsmouth, hit especially hard by redundancies in the dockyards. I will be leading a series of fashion workshops where we will be designing and creating merchandise for a celebratory end of project gig at the guildhall in November. The sessions, which run throughout August  (see dates and times on flyer below) are free to attend and open to any young people who have an interest in Punk and fashion and would like to be a part of a fantastic project. If you’d like to know more, give me an email on ami@miamai.co.uk or pop along to one of the...

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Young Designers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

Young Designers

Young Designers | A 10-week course at Making Space Over the last few years teaching… and teaching young people in particular has become a huge focus of my work. It’s something I get so much out of and enjoy immensely. For four years I ran a weekly Fashion School at The Spring in Havant and over those four years I’ve worked with loads of inspirational young ladies who are so incredibly talented. Unfortunately The Spring had to cancel the course last month so rather then mourn the end of one era I have decided to make the most of a bad situation and turn it on its head and make it into a very good thing. I just confirmed with Making Space that I will be running a new course called Young Designers. I’m so excited… I will be running this course throughout the year in 3 x 10 week blocks and will be working with a group of young designers as we look at a whole range of creative industries. From Fashion to illustration, photography, hair and makeup, design, styling and textiles. We will be covering the whole shaboodle. I will be responsive to what the young designers want to do, we will set project briefs together and they will work together and independently on creative outcomes. I hope to imbed the Arts Award in the sessions and also work towards a showcase at Making Space’s annual Open Studios and do an end of term show at the end of a the academic year. The course has just gone live on Making Space’s website  and the details are as follows: Autumn Term 2016: Tuesdays 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October, 1, 8, 15, 29 November, 6, 13 December. 5.30pm-7pm. Course Costs and Booking Details The 10-wk Young Designers course costs £90. (Materials included) Course can be paid for in full or in 2 x 5-week blocks (£45) via Making Space’s website/Paypal. Click here to be taken Making Space to book a place. Alternatively they accept cheques, cash or card payments over the phone. The course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run so fingers crossed we get a full house of eager creative beavers to launch this fantastic new...

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Wedding Photography

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016

Wedding Photography

“I have an eye for details… for pretty things…” Having always had a passion for photography it was a natural step to wander into the world of wedding photography. It’s not something I hugely advertise but if you are interested please see some of my work you can on this page here. I much prefer to capture the details of the day then doing the traditional wedding photographs. See a few of my favourite images below and if you are interested in a quote please just email...

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Vintage picture Names

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016

Vintage picture Names

Any Name in a Vintage Frame. A beautiful gift idea. Individual hand drawn pictures & letters which have been digitally coloured in. Resized to fit a hand picked vintage frame, and mounted on card. Perfect for Birthdays, Christmas, Christenings & New Arrivals; a beautiful alternative present that they will treasure forever. Set Price £25 (excluding P&P) Get in touch if you’d like to order one....

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Textiles

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016

Textiles

Every now and again I get asked to dig out my sewing & material box and do a commission of the textile kind. Whilst this is not my main focus, the occasional unique request can be really fun! I also recently went on a weaving course so am starting to add weavings to my repertoire. Here are a selection of textile creations. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss a textile commission....

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