Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A bag feast!

A few more bags to add to the collection. I have aimed for one a night, but one evening I made 4, I definitely have enough to sell now! These will be avaliable to buy on my etsy site.

Monday, 20 April 2009

More bags!

I have made a few more bags. My favourite is the second of the little purses which I used a flower from scrap fabric and expanded the edges to blend it into the blue fabric. I think it works quite well. All are lined with funky printed fabrics.
I am in the process of setting up an account so you will be able to browse all of my handmade good on there!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Bags, bags, bags!

I made the brown gingham bag for nearly a year ago. The gingham was ruffled with the flowery white fabric then sewn onto the zip the inside lining was from part of an old pillow case. I sewed on a few buttons for detail.

When the fabric of this bag was ruffled it made the edges stick out so it was a pouch shape, so I cut it into an oval shape. I used peach fabric for the lining that matched the flowers. I gathered the lace into a circle then sewed an interesting button into the middle.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Sonia Rykiel Exhibition




Musee Des Decoratifs, Paris
Sonia Rykiel is famous for her knitwear designs, which are really fun feminine and often wacky. The mannequins were all dressed really well many had gloves, hats and scarves on to complete the desired look. I like the series 3 striped dresses as they all have different interesting shaped hats on. A section on the exhibition was also garments and fashion drawing dedicated to Sonia Rykiel by other famous designers.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Just a thought...

Everything moves continuously. Immobility does not exist. Jean Tinguely. 1959

Easter Ideas...

This knitted Easter chick that perfectly hides a cream egg was made by Vanessa Bramble , it inspired me to design a little egg cosie of my own. Made out of vintage fabrics and little sequins for eyes; it only took about half an hour to make, so great for a last minute idea.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

A Love of Carousels!

Nostalgia for Brighton...

and Paris.

Where ever I am, I am always drawn to carousels! There shape, colours, music and fun. The image in Paris shows a Victorian carousel in between modern linear colourless architecture. The contrast of shapes is exciting.
Experimenting with different media has inspired a bag design.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Swedish Fashion: Exploring a New Identity

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

Sandra Backlund
These garments are hand knitted by fashion designer Sandra Backlund. They were amazing to see in real life, The layers of Knitting were built up so they protruded out from the body, completely changing the form. The garments look almost robot like or space aged.

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
Run by husband and wife Astrid Olloson and Lee Corter. They are interested in deconstruction, draping and minimalism.
The elaborate pumpkin shape created starting just below the bust changes the body form, its made with boning, making the fabric stick out.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009


New blog coming soon containing... textiles, fashion, crafts and quirky fun things!