Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Big Messy Cup Cake!

This was my 21st birthday cake, it got a bit stuck to the tin, so needed a bit of patching up!!
But the blue ribbon and the plum on top distracted the mess! I liked it anyway!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

The duvet is done!

My finished pig duvet! I used a satin stitch to sew on the pigs then used free hand embroidery for the eyes and ears. I am excited to put it on my bed in Notts now :)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Make its 1 - Texture

'Make its' is going to be a regular feature of ideas to add to your work or new ways of working. Some will be easy and some will be more challenging or require specialist equipment. You can print them out to keep or pass on to your craft loving friends!


Add some textural embroidery stitches to felt, fabrics or paper to make work more tactileand interesting. Couching is attractive when sewing down knotted or tangled cording.

Shopping Week @ Get Made! Monday 14th to Saturday19th!!


Shopping Week @ Get Made! Monday 14th to Saturday19th!! Also Tuesday 15th 4-11pm Shopping evening and get 10% OFF ALL PURCHASES and FREE GLASS of BUBBLY!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Rankin Live

This exhibition (31st July - 18th September) at The Brewery in Brick Lane is a necessity in anyone interested in photography!

It was an extensive exhibition covering many aspects of his photographic career and many of his more recent celebrity series. He has photographed Kate Moss and the Queen and had a section of photos of his wife and son which let us pry into his personal life. The aim of some of his projects was to shock the viewer and make them feel uncomfortable which I am sure he achieved!

My favourite collection pictured really thin models with clothes pinned (so they are small enough) that had been caught devouring chocolate showing their desperation and the extremes they go to stay scrawly thin. These images were trying to prove a point about the controversial body image attitude of the fashion world.
At the end of the exhibition we watched Rankin photographing nudes live in the studio, so you could see how he worked. He had at least 10 people helping him at a time, not including make up artists. Three people were holding up the light reflective screens, holding a spot light or changing the wall colour. As soon as he took the photo it went to the first of the three computers. On the the other two computers people were editing them as soon as they were taken, smoothing out any imperfections. It didn't seem very glamorous as modeling is always perceived; the models were rushed in quickly then after about 5 minutes, it was the next ones turn, also there were lots of people watching so it needs a lot of self confidence! Photos taken in the Rankin photo booth!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Woman in Black

Yesterday Tom and I went to see The Woman in Black! At the Fortune Theatre in London. It was a really good show, and used the props well so it was simple. There were only two actors playing all the parts which worked really well again not confusing the audience with lots of people on the stage at once. There were a few screams and eerie bits, but i would really recommend it!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Museum of Childhood - Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle


This was a really lovely exhibition again at V&A Museum of Childhood (2 May - 6 September 2009) showing many of Quentin Blake's illustrations for Roald Dahl's stories. They were so simple yet so beautiful and playful. The way he uses ink and water colour really creates a a good representation of Dahls stories and shows their collaboration worked well. There were several illustrations for each story which brought back memories of reading his books as a child.

Museum of Childhood - Make Do and Mend

This free exhibition 'Make Do and Mend' (13 June - 8 Noember 2009) at the V&A Museum of Childhood was really inspiring as artists and school children turned old items into beautiful objects anyone would love in their home. I found the lampshades above really interesting because of the amount of lamps, placement and the bright clashing colours. I was really interested in the beetle chairs and crockery called 'Bugged' 2009 by Lou Rota. They were really fun, quirky and play with what you would normally consider grotesque and especially not want to find on your plate. I have found her work for sale on http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/lourota with plates from only £25.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Project Duvet!

I am up-cycling a duvet cover which my Grandma gave me, I am going to sew large pink fabric pigs about 30cm in width on to the flower patterned fabric.
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Today I brought the pink fabric and some bonda web to use, and happened to come across the best fabric shop called 'Fabric Land' in Kingston. It sells so many rolls of fabric and patterned cotton only £1.99 per metre!! It has lots of buttons, trim and thread all for very cheap, even cheaper than Nottinghams markets.
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Sadly I am very busy over the next week so Project D will have to wait!