Thursday, 31 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
So, about 2 weeks ago, I made my own book to keep them in. I've called it 'The Little Book of Art', because that's exactly what it is. I decided to treat the book as though it was a mini art gallery with only grey, black and white pages, just like how art galleries have clean, neutral wall tones, so that all attention is on the art and is complimentary.
These are a good example of how either the grey, black or white base colour can be used to compliment ACEOs. These are my own #1 ACEOs which I have kept as a reference while I sell the others in the limited edition. These will of course be up for sale once the rest of the edition has been sold. (So they are not purely in my book out of vanity!)
Saturday, 26 January 2008
I came across this buckle on eBay, which I'm sure is made from wood, and loved it straight away. It had a strong deco aesthetic because of the shapes, but as it was made from wood and not something like... black lacquered Bakelite.. it seemed to have a whole theme of its own! I can't remember anything else about it and I don't recall the seller knowing much either. I decided to try and win it as I'd never seen a buckle like that before, but the bidding got too high and I lost out... but I oh so wanted it!
As it was now going to someone else, I decided to at least keep the images, worked out the measurements and other details, and asked if my father could attempt it, in sterling silver. Surprisingly, I forgot I'd sent it to my email the same time I sent it to my brother (who was currently working with my father) and found it in my inbox which is great because I am now able to show you how it looked, otherwise you'd only have the finished product to see... also I couldn't believe how bossy and demanding my 'instructions' were! (i.e asking for pearls!!)He whipped it up in about 2 weeks in between his other commissions and complained of it breaking one of his machines, but he did an amazing job and each section joins perfectly!..he also used genuine tiger eye beads to form a section for me to attach a belt to.. However.. I ended up snapping them off pretty much straight away as they were strung with fishing wire which my father thought would be OK, so I had to send it back to him so that he could use a thick silver tube instead ...and so soon after I had just got it!
I got it back a few days ago, and this time he has used some beautiful beads which are part of the carnelian family.. (and also super secure!) I don't think I'll be using it as a belt now.. it just seems too special to me, and if I ever dropped it on a hard surface, the silver would get scratched or dented. The buckle also slightly curves, which of course, sits beautifully against the waist.
I'm also thinking, at a later date, to ask my father to engrave my name... y'know, just to make it that little bit more special...
Thursday, 24 January 2008
I can only think of 1920/30's Chanel having the most beautiful costume jewellery-esque designs but with the use of diamonds, but then again maybe it's only because it was so many decades ago.. I don't really understand why diamonds are so expensive though, shouldn't things be expensive when they are rare? There are billions of diamonds, there's never a shortage... OK fair enough if it's a pink one.. or any other 'rare' colour.. but I still don't get it, someone please enlighten me...
...Anyway, here is a peek at some of my favourite pieces of vintage jewellery that I have picked up from all over the place. I never wear them though and some need fixing but I just keep them in a box, so it's like my own little treasure chest! The image below is of a red enamel and gold tone necklace with a little 'droplet', then we have the milkglass and rhinestones, and a textured gold tone and rhinestone choker. And here is a gold tone rose choker accented with rhinestones and also a purple enamelled choker with matching earrings, although I'd love to turn the earrings into rings!
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
I've often been stopped in public by women of all ages asking where I got my dress from, my shoes, my jewellery.. or just to tell me that 'it's really nice' .. I usually just respond with a 'thanks!' and that was it, never really thought much about it, but, it suddenly clicked (took a while, but it got there), that they clearly like, what I like, and most of the time, it is something I have made or something my father (the jeweller) has made. .. of course, this is when I should really be handing over my business card, not just thanking them and skipping off merrily down the road. Also, I have received two different Moo cards in some purchases I made from Etsy and absolutely not throwing them away just because they're not the standard type of business card, so if I feel that way, maybe other people do too?
Friday, 18 January 2008
Another digitally talented artist is linranae. I accidentally came across her art, while I was bored late at night and decided to check out the 'art collectors' section under Gift Guides on Etsy. The image that was featured was of a beautiful painting of a fairy, and like all girls, I love fairies, and wouldn't mind being one either! I just had to check out her shop!.. 'Solitude Gothic Fairy' is one of my favourites:
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
It was mandatory to use Aquascutum (pronounced Ak-wa-skew-tum), as one out of the two head designers had previously graduated from my University and was coming to judge the designs. For the second brand, I chose Moschino, (pronounced Mos-keeno, not Mosh-eeno, if you please!) firstly because I did a 2 month internship with them when I was 20 (wonderful experience!) therefore I completely understood the style, and also because it had been my favourite brand since I was a child.
I firstly developed a fabric board of ideas. If you know of Moschino, you know that it's a very cheeky, kooky brand, so I wanted to mix different (vintage) fabrics together, applied some heart shaped embroideries (the brand often uses hearts and bows) and I even made a quilted teapot!.. My design style is very similar to Moschino, so it was just as if I was personally collaborating with Aquascutum!
So, these are the results of the project! .. This is the first time I experimented with collaging my drawn designs onto an actual model and then digitally engineering it instead of illustrating my own 'girls'. As I was designing for two real brands, I wanted my illustrations to be 'real' and to have a fun photoshoot vibe to them. My designs are frivolous with cheeky detailing such as a little quilted heart (see above) and instead of real collars, I decided for a collar shape to be embroidered (which I embroidered and scanned in so you can see the texture), subconsciously inspired by Trompe-l'œil! I kept to Aquascutum's brand values by including traditional garment details, such as peter pan collars, lapels, and storm flaps (the red embroidered section below), all present in Aquascutum's design philosophy.
So there you have it, there are a total of four illustrations and they will be on sale in my Etsy shop in ACEO format and soon, larger prints!
Sunday, 13 January 2008
It sold a day after I listed it and the buyer also requested additional pages, which I was happy to do! So, it went from this:
To this:Now that's what I call chunky. The reason why I am extra happy with the sale of an Astrology book is although I love them and other people may too, I wasn't sure if people would actually buy them. I mean, would you really want to buy a book, describing you as selfish, possessive, ruthless, controlling, arrogant.. and a lot of other things! (That isn't all for Aquarius by the way, it's a mix of all the signs!)... and I only make things that I already use or would use, there's no point making things that I 'think people might buy'. I would find that incredibly boring and pointless.
Also, I came across the most beautiful photo, and it is by anybodyinthere, who is actually the person who bought my Aquarius book! I first spotted it in her avatar, and I thought it was some sort of rare peacock (I love peacocks!).. so, I just had to have a little peek! It is called 'Blown' and is 'a type of salsify', a stunning photo.
Friday, 11 January 2008
This project also required a fashion show, which is why I wanted something highly embellished, something that would really stand out and sparkle!! .. I made slim georgette trousers to be worn with the top, styled with patent peep toe heels, and short, black leather gloves.
The second outfit was a dress and I wanted it to be quite elegant, but also sexy, and yes, it had to sparkle too! I bought some sequined georgette fabric, and went about making my idea. It has a draped section which wraps around the neck and fastens with a hook and eye. My favourite part of the dress are the horizontal pleats I constructed for the skirt part, which went all the way round and into a 'v' shape at the front. This was really really hard, the fabric was a killer to sew because of the sequins, and because there are no side seams in the skirt (as the pleat goes all the way round - a very discreet seam is in the front), I had to put a zip that started in the bodice which then went into a dart in the skirt! It was such a pain but I loved the finish result. I didn't want any skin on show, so styled it with thick black tights, a long sleeved black polo neck, long black leather gloves (over the sleeves) and patent peep toe heels. (You can click on the photos to get a bigger image!).. I am contemplating making this to sell in my Etsy shop (with a different fabric!) ... but the thought of attaching a zip into a dart makes me cringe... so I might slightly rework it.So, with all the outfits made, illustrations are needed. Hopefully you have recognised the illustration below, which is an illustration of the above dress. It also reminded me that I attached paillettes onto the shoulder of the dress, so when the model walked, it would flutter and catch the light.These aren't the actual illustrations I did at the time they were needed, these are improved versions. The one thing that all fashion designers need, is a damn good portfolio. Therefore, everyone in my class had to be seen, criticised and told what needed redoing. I had the most amazing fashion illustrator as a mentor, Richard Gray, who has illustrated for numerous fashion houses, one that stands out in my mind is Christian Dior. You must take a look at his online portfolio! The original illustrations I did for this collection were actually quite pathetic in comparison, and I drew the sequins with just little dots. He told me that if I love embellishment, I need to show it, and to become obsessed with it. So, I listened to his words, and drew each sequin, one by one. I was shocked at the outcome, so was he and if I still had the originals to compare, so would you. It was an excruciatingly long process, but now when I'm illustrating, I make sure to really take my time and to 'obsess'. These two illustrations were his favourites. This collection is called 'Obsession', which you could probably see coming and I have now added them to my Etsy shop as ACEOs. (Of course.) Below is a catsuit version of the vintage top which everyone loved, my course leader loved it so much he put it in the University newsletter! So there you have it, how one piece of vintage, can determine an entire collection.
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
I have just finished reading 'The Thirteenth Tale' by Diane Setterfield and it was the cover that attracted me to it. (I got it for Christmas when I sent my boyfriend the entire contents of my Amazon basket.) I instantly knew that it would involve young twins, or sisters, and as the title contained 'thirteenth' which I associated with horror films and of course Friday the 13th, I knew it would probably be some sort of haunting tale about sisters, fantastic.
So the cover of a book will instantly determine whether it is to your taste or not and you could just about get a feel of the storyline without even having to read the back. Therefore, the saying is indeed complete nonsense.
I'm not going to say much about the book because I know I'll ruin it for anyone who wishes to read it, but it was an amazing book, and even though I am reading several other books at the same time, this was one that completely held my attention and I finished it very very quickly. I recommend it to all book lovers, and yes it was a haunting tale about twins, but you'll just have to read it to know what happened... which is a lot lot more than I am divulging!
(Of course, you do also get many books with front covers that have absolutely nothing to do with the storyline, but that's a whole other topic!)
Monday, 7 January 2008
Of course, these books won't match with everyones personalities, whether in regards to the stated traits or if they even like the colours! But, everything is worth trying out. Here is another sneak preview, this time of Pisces and Libra. I will slowly be listing all 12 astrology signs in my shop!
Saturday, 5 January 2008
Friday, 4 January 2008
I think majority of people prefer original ACEOs to reproductions, and I truly, deeply admire people who can paint/draw beautiful things on such a small scale. All of my ACEOs have come from A3/A4 artwork! Although I am going to try doing some originals soon. One Etsy seller that I keep going back to browse and would really love to buy from is TheBrilliantMagpie , her work is so beautiful with a few 1920's references (they caught my eye first), and I will one day buy one of her oil painting ACEOs. This is one of my favourites and can't stop looking at it!
So, after finding out what ACEOs were (and also very affordable), I went on my hunt, searching for all the things I'd previously ignored. The first that caught my eye were illustrations by scarlettcat and I had to snap up these three ACEO's. They're absolutely beautiful, especially the blue-haired one. I can't wait to see her future illustrations.
I love love love these pieces I have bought. The top item is a matryoshka doll embedded in resin and by using copper wire, is formed into a ring. This is one hell of a ring and yasminbochi was happy to make me one after I spotted it in her sold items! It's stunning! Below that is a hematite and 'cherry liquorice cube' necklace by gallerialinda .. absolutely beautiful, I saw this in her avatar while browsing on the forums, so I must absolutely stress that if you run an Etsy shop, make sure you have a stunning avatar.
Thursday, 3 January 2008
I've never met other females who also enjoys playing computer games or has any interest at all in them, so stumbling upon a shop on Etsy (on a UK seller chat thread) where there were these wonderful beaded pieces of jewellery depicting Marioland characters was quite a surprise!...and from the moment I started this blog, I knew I'd have to talk about it. I slowly began finding more of these video game accessories and with a little help from spugmeistress, I have been able to do a small compilation of these Etsians!
Whenever I played Marioland, I was really into it, I mean, REALLY into it ... I'd get so upset if I got really far into the game and died! I remember my health bar , and getting nervous if I clumsily ran into an enemy and it would drop down... then having to quickly hope I could find a heart somewhere to get it back up again! .. or even better, a mushroom (ottermoondesigns) to make me bigger! Then I'd find a flashing star (spugmeistress), taking full advantage of it and charging through the entire level.
I also came across space invaders items, I loved that game! KMCdesigns has a great space invaders wallet. I even found a space invaders scarf by wildcatdesigns.
Now that I am older, I must admit that I am moving towards a more 'sophisticated' type of game, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing the amazing game 'Oblivion', 'Final Fantasy' and currently playing 'Guild Wars', where I spent a ridiculous amount of time deciding a name for my character, what her face would look like, what hairstyle she would have and quickly completing missions and collating materials to make her a fabulous dress, not to forget a red dye to further enhance it!