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Archive: Jewellery Commission

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Archive: Jewellery Commission

I am in the process of streamlining my website and have made the decision to archive lots of old projects and services to my blog. In this post I will be talking about when jewellery used to be a huge part of Mia Mai. When I launched Mia Mai I started making unique jewellery pieces by hand using reclaimed components and vintage finds to get some cash coming in. Early pieces were an eclectic blend of beads, charms and chains meaning each piece was as individual as the customer. As all components are either handcrafted or found; those buying Mia Mai jewellery would be safe in the knowledge that they were wearing a true original. Over the years it’s become something I do less and less. In 2013 I launched the last Mia Mai jewellery range: a selection of waxed cord and natural stone festival jewellery for the 2013 Victorious Festival. Previously I had also been commissioned to create unusual jewellery items for a specific project or occasion. In 2009 London based photographer Rose Lien made contact enquiring about some jewellery for a shoot inspired by the story of Adam and Eve. I designed and made the jewellery for the following shoot. Photographer: Rose Lien Jewellery: Mia Mai Make Up: Joanne Liu SFX Make Up: Kimi Hair Styling: Eva Nori Models: Margereta & Jamie B T Williams....

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A Moment In Time

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A Moment In Time

I am honoured to have just completed another fantastic project with the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The Project, ‘A Moment in Time’ was inspired by HMS Victory and I got the chance to work with year 3 & 4 of Arc Dickens School, a Portsmouth School which I hadn’t had the opportunity to work with before. Inspired by the signal flags which the Navy used to send messages to each other the children got a chance to design and make their own signal flag using their name or initials. Rather then just using fabric paint we decided to use batik, a process where hot liquid wax is applied to fabric to create a resist. This was a big deal, 30 children and 6 pots of hot wax could have been a disaster, luckily we had no incidents and all the children throughly enjoyed the opportunity to have a go at such an unusual textile technique. This is a school where Art is something they rarely get an opportunity to enjoy so it was wonderful being able to go in and deliver such a fantastic project which I know they all loved so much. In addition to the signal flags the children also made ‘Sailor Keepsakes’, a small keyring/bag charm/dream catcher which was made from the practice samples of batik made on day one. These Sailor Keepsakes were something that the children got to keep for themselves. The signal flags were all combined and appliqued on to three 6ft tall banner flags which the school get keep as a legacy of the project. All of the artwork went on show at The Sea Life Roadshow, a free family event at Buckland Community Centre last week and looked fantastic!! Here are a few photos which I snapped throughout the project. If you’d like to find out more about the freelance teaching work I do, please get in touch – ami@miamai.co.uk....

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D-Day Project

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D-Day Project

I am honoured to have been asked to get involved with this project… In the recent years lots of my big projects have had a really interesting cultural partner as an inspiration starter point. I have really enjoyed this style of working so was delighted when Making Space asked me to get involved with this project. What especially appealed was that this project was open for people who wanted to take part, a lot of the outreach work I do is with young people who half the time would prefer to be doing something else, and whilst I enjoy the challenge I was really looking forward to working with a creative group that wanted to be a part of something pretty special! Now I must guiltily admit that prior to this project I had never visited D-Day museum. (which is shocking when you consider how close it is to my home) But i was so inspired. The museum is packed full of interesting, thought-provoking and fascinating facts and artefacts. And then there’s the Overlord Embroidery! Wow!! everyone should really see this, it’s incredible! For my project we will begin with 2 inspirational trips to the museum. There are 2 dates, a mid-week and a weekend date. On these trips you’ll get a chance to sketch and photograph and doodle items which you are drawn too! If you have any personal memorabilia then please do use this as inspiration too! After the trip there is then 4 days/8 sessions where I will show different techniques and assist you in creating beautiful layered experimental textile samples which are individual to you. Everything made over the course of the project will go on display at D-day Museum at an end of project celebration tea party! Below is the flyer for the 2 initial Taster Sessions, then a second flyer with all the rest of the project dates on! If you’d like to get involved then please drop into one of the taster sessions and let me know which other dates you are able to attend. There is a maximum participant number so I’d hate for you to miss out! Over on the Making Space website there is more info about a second project with the amazing June Allnutt (who’s doing a customised Fashion series of workshops) and a FAQ that i created for the project! I hope to see lots of you there! Ami...

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Easter Sale

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Easter Sale

Happy Easter!! Spring is here and to celebrate I am launching a big Easter sale on all my printed Artwork… Please visit the shop for more details but to summarise: Southsea Belles A3 Print  £5 A3 Prints £6 A4 Prints £3 Gypsy Girl Prints £3 each. Sale on for a limited time only so don’t delay, limited stock too, so first come first served! If you have any issues, or would like to order multiple prints/arrange collection please email me or leave a...

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Lingerie Shoot BTS Film

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Lingerie Shoot BTS Film

On Monday I had a lovely day shooting my 2012 Lingerie Collection with Graham Hudson… The shoot took place in the magnificent Royal Marine Museum, Hair and Make Up was by Hayley, and our two beautiful and lovely models  from TMP Model Agency were Anisa and Kajal. I made a little BTS film of the action and promise to share the pictures with you asap! Hope you enjoy watching… It was really fun to get the collection out of storage and also to see the set I made last month on a model! If you want to see the other BTS Video I made for my other lingerie collection click here....

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Lingerie Masterclass

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Lingerie Masterclass

In February I was gifted (amazing Christmas Present thanks to my love and family) a professional Lingerie Making Course at Craft Central in London. It was an brilliant and inspiring experience and I was working with an amazing tutor who knows the industry inside out and creates the most stunning lingerie herself…. I was so proud of my finished set, my initial worry that I wouldn’t be good enough wasn’t needed as my skills allowed be to create more adventurous and technically challenging designs… Here’s a few pics I took along the way, you can see the full set...

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Made with Hartt

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Made with Hartt

So we’ll be selling our wares today at the Made with Hartt Christmas Market at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea!! I’ll be sharing a stall with Maxwells Carpentry who will be selling some of his amazing wood platters! Come say hi, do something festive and get a couple of Christmas Pressies whilst you’re at it! Facebook event page here

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Pillow Fight

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Pillow Fight

You must have heard of Ohh Deer??? If not, get over there right away and check them out… making art, selling pretty things and sharing some incredibly talented artists and illustrators along the way!! In their own words… “Ohh Deer was founded in 2011 by Mark Callaby and Jamie Mitchell, it’s original intention was to rid them of some spare time and overflowing creativity. It evolved before the brand launched online, they designed collections of products with about 10 Illustrators and since then the brand’s core objective is to support creative talent and make work by their contributors accessible, spreading their work far and wide (geographically and through the internet-machine). Each Illustrator gets a big percentage of the profit from everything they sell. Ohh Deer use recycled materials where possible and everything Ohh Deer produces is made in the UK. Ohh Deer has work on sale with the Tate galleries, Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Paperchase, Topshop, Scribbler and lots more, including international expansion. Mark and Jamie’s objective is to make ohhdeer.com the place to go to find a quirky illustrated gift.”  They have just launched round three of the almighty ‘pillow fight’ and Mia Mai is getting involved… I have 4 designs in the competition, the more popular my designs are, the more chance I have of becoming a winner!!! …and some individual shots below… The way the competition works is that pillows get rated higher ranking if they receive more exposure… You can support Mia Mai and your favourite designs by clicking on the photos and then following the ‘support/share links’ on the individual pages. Liking on Facebook, tweeting the designs and sharing on Pinterest! Any support you can give me will be much appreciated as I would love to start working with Ohh...

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Getting ready for Christmas

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I know I know, it’s only October and we’ve not even had Halloween yet but from experience last year and on request from stock-lists I have finally got my Christmas card order in to the Printers! Yay… Fingers crossed I will have them in a couple of weeks so please do get in touch and let me know if you’d like to pre-order any! Like last year, all are new illustrations and are a limited edition print. I have designed 5 festive illustrations and in addition to this I have got a little crafty and created some cute minimal cards too! Here are my 5 illustration designs… (click on the designs to view bigger) And here are a couple of sneak peeks of the other designs I have made, using felt and wood festive shapes stuck onto recycled brown cards! I will of course take some proper photos soon and will list them in the shop when I can! I hope you like!...

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Portsmouth Woman of the Year Award 2014

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Portsmouth Woman of the Year Award 2014

So, last year Portsmouth launched an annual ‘Woman of the Year’ Awards. The idea is to “shine a light on those who put others before themselves and have blazed a trail of achievement that inspires other women”. The ceremony is a way of celebrating the achievements of the women who make the biggest impact on our communities, personal lives and business. And I got nominated… which was lovely, but The News have just released the shortlist and I, along with my lovely friend Naomi Thompson have made the three finalists for the ‘Woman in Fashion’ Category. How very exciting! The Ceremony takes place on November 22 at a local hotel and I’m really excited! A chance to get all dressed up and celebrate some inspirational local ladies! I will keep you all updated on how it goes… here’s a couple of pictures of the...

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