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27.9.11

Fruitful Prints




These images (above) are taken from a recent article on The Selby website. As well as looking mouth-wateringly edible, the grapes are also deliciously aesthetic. So delicious they had the rare effect of making me want to use Photoshop. The results are this third (perhaps slightly pixelated) image (below). 


What is most intriguing about this print is the instant appeal it has for the body or to be more practical complimentary on the body in the form of a garment. The contrast of light and dark would illuminate and obscure the figure giving an atmospheric, almost angelic appeal combined with the contemporary element of a print. I imagine this on a cotton/canvas/silk paper fabric. I'm floating off again in to dream world....be back with more later.

(Images from the selby)

22.9.11

Lolling About


These colours could inspire a million outfits, pity the weather doesn't permit a lollipop. The rules and rain could always be broken though...

*The second image is of handmade paper and waxed paper hanging on my studio wall.

19.9.11

Dedicated Post...Marques ' Almeida




                               

MARQUES ' ALMEIDA IS THE LONDON BASED WOMENSWEAR LABEL CREATED BY MARTA MARQUES AND PAULO ALMEIDA.
BOTH FROM PORTUGAL, THEY MET WHILE ENROLLING FOR FASHION SCHOOL IN PORTUGAL, WHICH THEY BOTH GRADUATED WITH DISTINCTION IN 2007.
INTERNSHIPS AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS FOLLOWED GRADUATION AND PAULO ALSO WORKED BRIEFLY AS A MENSWEAR DESIGNER.
THEY MOVED TO LONDON IN 2009 WHERE THEY GAINED INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE AT VIVIENNE WESTWOOD/ANGLOMANIA (MARTA)AND PREEN (PAULO).
IN 2009 BOTH STARTED THE ACCLAIMED FASHION MA AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS AND FINALLY STARTED WORKING AS A DUO.
THEY SHOWCASED THEIR FIRST COLLECTION AT LONDON FASHION WEEK, A/W 2011 (above).

They're most recent collection for s/s 2012 was shown at Fashion East this week.

(Images and text are from www.marquesalmeida.com)

18.9.11

One to Note

Haruka Miyamoto is a recent graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In this vimeo, Rebecca Earley talks to Haruka about the inspiration for her degree show collection and the traditional technique she uses to create her contemporary pieces. Worth a watch, worth a listen.


It is worthwhile checking in to the Chelsea College of Art and Design blog every so often to keep track of the projects and exhibitions taking place within the college.




Cleaning up my Act




Yesterday was a very successful day at the studio. The simple act of rearranging, throwing out, lining up is therapeutic as well as rewarding. The number of things I found hidden in containers and dusty corners which had been long forgotten about have now taken on a new lease of life in the genius setting of transparent plastic containers. All the better to see you with my dear...


17.9.11

Frizzante Boutique









This is my degree show collection on display at Frizzante Boutique in Rathgar Village, Dublin 6. The boutique is owned by Brenda Collins who attended our Degree Show in June and chose four graduates to display in her window throughout July, August and September. The other graduates were Rachel Platt, Carrie Kinahan and Trudie Feighery.

Apologies for the lame photographs. The one time I don't want sunshine is the time I go to photograph the window! Beautiful reflections of Rathgar Village! Hence the photographs taken from inside the shop instead. I was delighted with the feedback and I am very grateful to Brenda for the opportunity.

16.9.11

Building a Body




 





This is recent work as part of an upcoming exhibition based around the sea (details to follow). The above drawings are life-drawing studies from a course I am taking with artist Karen-Ellen Browne. It is an exciting course where we learn a lot about anatomy and the structure of the body. I am actually enjoying my homework, which is a first!

As part of my exhibition statement I am pushing the drawings further to become 3-D studies of the body. Hence the Michelangelo references and the wire studies. From here I will be adding surfaces using fabric, manipulating and distorting it.

15.9.11

Dedicated post...Delbarr Moradi

Read an inspiring article here. A beautiful website and blog by Delbarr Moradi, photographer, designer and many more titles. It includes honest, exciting visuals and words and I particularly love the article about Jenna Lyons, Creative Director at J Crew. Makes me want to do what she does!

14.9.11

New York, New York







The excitement, the energy, the cabs...

There is something about New York City that perks you up immediately. You sit up straighter, your shoulders go back, the lipstick gets applied and it challenges you to look at things differently, from an altered perspective.

Visual does not equate to vanity, in our present time with such an abundance of digital media surrounding us it makes sense that the image has become so important. Everyone has become a critic because we are faced daily (hourly, minutely, secondly...) with powerful visions that speak for themselves. Words are no longer necessary. So no wonder people are pushing the boundaries of words by using images, letting the visual do the talking.

(All images by Tommy Ton)