Entries from May 26th, 2013

Dress to impress with Roisin

 

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Ohhh what do you do on a sunny Sunday? Well if your Hannah and Roisin, you hang out at the super fantastic Berylune craft workshop and learn how to make a Colette ‘Hazel’ dress. Roisin as you’ll see by her wonderful blog is an avid self taught dress maker and incredibly patient teacher with a encyclopedic knowledge of first hand top tips. It was fun just watching each step of the process and I’m desperate for next Sunday to see the finished dress. Hannah had brought along some fabric which she had bought 6 years ago and although she owns her own sewing machine and has some experience of making clothes she wanted to become more confident following a pattern and learning the finer details of dress making. By the end of the day the main body of the dress had been assembled awaiting the zip and straps to be added, it looked incredible, totally unique and an amazing achievement in such a short time. If you live in Leamington or the surrounding area, have a look at the next workshop dates http://www.berylune.bigcartel.com/product/colette-hazel-dress-with-dolly-clackett and get booking, I have a wedding at the end of August and now plan on sourcing some great fabric to make my own unique dress.

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Pulse_London

It makes me soooo happy seeing other people making and creating and it makes me even happier when I get to go along and see the finished products and meet the makers. I think all trade fairs should have ‘meet the makers’ as their byline it makes them so much more appealing and in many cases the products begin to sell themselves a little more, finding out the where the products made, how they’re used and how people came up with the ideas rather than just price point and would it fit in our retail space. You can tell I don’t own a shop as I’d probably be bankrupt by now if I did.

My very talented friend Bianca Jones who I’ve known since Art School, asked me to help with her stand this year at Pulse London, her work is incredibly detail orientated and her packaging unique. Its great that I also get to try on loads of her lovely pieces even though I own multiple of her necklaces and wear them daily but it was also really nice that I got to have a look around and I’ve rounded up my favourite designers in pictures with links to their websites in case you see anything you can’t live without.

Bianca Jones at Pulse_London

    Anki Josefsson and Anneli Sandstrom from One Must Dash, love their bold monochrome statement prints

One Must Dash

The most colourful stand, Beast In Show I have a friend in NY who would fall over backwards for one of the Pugs Not Drugs mugs

best in show

Kate Samuels makes incredible enamel bowls with a seaside feel, OH I love enamel

Kate Samuels

Amazing Silk Scarves by Karen Mabon at Red Brick, they are incredible! I even bookmarked her shop when I got home so I lust after them and buy one when I feel like my life can’t go on without one.

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A Month In The Life Of : Me

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I’m a newbie at blogging and to be honest I found my first few posts quite challenging, words aren’t my strong point and although I could easily fill each post with images, I wanted to tell everyone a little about me. I’m always keen to see what other freelance creatives are up to and stay connected to the creative network through the blogs that I follow. I found Sam Osbourne’s blog through #handmadehour and loved her work, Sam is a a graphic and surface pattern designer with a love of all things colour and started a blog series at the beginning of the year where she asks some of her favourite designers, makers and creative types to keep a record of the last month and share an insight into what they’ve been up to. The premise is fairly simple and Sam gave me some simple guide lines to create a collection of 28, 30 or 31 images in a calendar format with nine featured images with captions to pull out. It was a fun exercise and really made me realise what I had achieved in a month. The blog post should launch in the next few days http://www.sam-osborne.co.uk/blog/ so keep your eyes peeled or why not take a look at the other creatives which have contributed, its fascinating.

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