Wednesday, 29 February 2012

the creatives - Rockie Nolan

So here is another instalment on people that inspiring artists, hope you enjoyed the incredible work of Lucky Jackson last time... and my subsequent half made attempt at the same kind of thing...ha ha!
Rockie Nolan is a photographer I have been following for years on various sites, I love her work... and there is a lot more of it now that she has nearly graduated! 





What I love most about her photographs is her use of colour and clever atmospheric lighting, her portraits are often very conceptual with a variety of moods, sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark. You can check out her fanstastic lookbook here and her blog as well! 

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

vintage brides




Just thought I'd share these photos I found the other day of my grandparent's wedding in 1966 :) Aren't they lovely? My aunty Eva is in the middle of the picture above too, her hair looks hilarious. I also find it quite funny how their shoes are pretty similar to those on the s/s 2012 catwalks!




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Sunday, 19 February 2012

miaw.


boyfriend and kitten chillin.


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Friday, 17 February 2012

18th century style continued.

So a few weeks ago I showed you a little insight into what I've been up to at college for my post modernism project, taking the post modern idea of pastiche and 'retro-modernism' to create an 18th century / modern dress. Here's a couple of biro sketches of my design ideas... (You'll notice that they all have 'Mullet Hems'.. more on that soon).
fashion illustration, costume history, 18th century, mullet hem, art foundation

fashion illustration, costume history, 18th century, mullet hem, art foundation

Here is some of my inspiration.

Period Drama
Clockwise from top left: 1 & 2 Kiera Knightley in The Duchess, 3 King Louis XVI in BBC2's series on The Palace of Versaille (if you didn't catch it it was really interesting and the costumes were incredible, here is the last episode, there are three), 4 & 5 Kiera Knightley and Johnny Depp in The Pirates of the Caribbean, 6 The new dramatic interpretation of Charles Dicken's novel Edwin Drood, 7 Jane Austen's Pride and Predjudice with Kiera Knightley (again!), 8,9 & 10 in Marie Antoinette.


Vivienne Westwood
Clockwise from top left: 1 Portrait, 2 & 3 Vive la Cocotte,  4 Planet Gaia (love the slouchy shape of this almost anti 18th century), 5 & 6 Les Femmes.


John Galliano for Christian Dior
You can see a little sketch I did based on the design second from left at the top here. 
18th century, fashion, costume

I'll be posting more about this project soon!

Hope you've enjoyed this feature, have you seen any 18th century inspired things that you love? 


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Thursday, 16 February 2012

embroidery by hand...

In my first 'inspiration' post a few weeks ago where I showcased the work of the incredible Lucky Jackson I said that I would have to try out the same technique myself and I did! I tried it out the day after and it was so haaarrrddd! It took me a whole evening and it's still not finished. 
Here's the picture I used to create it:


And here is my unfinished outcome which I did about a month ago. Maybe I'll continue at some point, has anyone got any suggestions for how I could finish it?




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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

snip snip snippitty.




A little thing we did ages ago in college, we cut up shapes from retro patterns and used them to create designs, you can see the real ones above, they're just over life-size and below they're in my sketch book on little figure. Quite cute no?


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be mine?











Toby's home made Valentine's gift. I got the idea from Tip Junkie here, I love Tip Junkie, its got loads of cool craft ideas, its a bit American Mommy but there's a lot of good ideas on there. They used ring binders for this project but I found that some ribbon worked just as well and I used the box to put a little card and a chocolate in. He drew a card for me with a demented looking teddy bear on it, its very cute and really funny because I know that he probably spent about two hours on it, he's also taking me to see War Horse at the weekend :) Wheeeee.


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