Excuse me not posting but this week has been a bit frantic already. Sprogzilla's dad went in for another op yesterday so I am home from work for the week. We knew he was going in but has had complications so was back in theatre today. We have been at the Hospital for hours and are feeling a bit frazzled.
Mum was also here Monday/Tuesday so I spent most of the weekend cleaning. Understandably, none of the planned sewing has been done but I did get a bit of time tidying up in the garden, glamorously assisted by my Mum and painted the bathroom (French navy since you're asking). The weather has been glorious. Mum, Sprogzilla and I had a wander round the shops and went out for a pub lunch on Monday.
The folly of a monster lunch.
So today I would like to reflect on collaborations past and future and share a very small selection of my favourite photos. It is quite late and I have collaborated a lot so I will keep this as a first post with more to follow. There are lots and lots of pics and I don't want to miss anyone out.
What got me thinking was that I have been very lucky to be asked again to take part in Newcastle Fashion Week. This will be the third year running and this time it will be in collaboration with the lovely directors of F6 Studios, Helen Rafferty and Lydia Bayley. Both Helen and Lydia are textile designers who produce exquisite work and I only hope that my sewing skills will do justice to their beautiful designs. More on that later this week.
We found this fabulously arty graffiti up a lane.
Being a completely self-taught sew-intist I always feel like a
total bit of a fraud around "proper" designers when I am making stuff and consider myself very blessed and lucky in who I have worked with. In recent years I have met the most amazing designers, photographers, models and all round superbly talented people.
Images are in no particular order, just as I come across them on my hard-drive.
This is one from 2012 and is modeled by the beautiful burlesque performer, Lilly La Rousse. The shot is by Jade Photography. The corset is a very simple triple layer, silver dupion outer with silk piping and an insert panel of Zoffany home decor fabric. I only had a tiny bit or I would have added more. Isn't the fabric beautiful? This was inspired by armour. For such a small corset it is pretty heavily boned with a concealed full-boned panel under the front. It is tiny. I could probably get it round my thigh *sigh*.
Joan of Arc by Ingres
The most recent collaboration was a few months ago with accessories designer, Melanie Kyles and photographer Michael McGuire. We had such a fun day ablely assisted by fellow photographer, Lucie Cox and model Millie Parker. The corset and headwear thingie is from last year's Fashion Week and the collar and cuffs are by Melanie. I was inspired by some deco dresses on Pinterest and the headwear incorporates a vintage beaded necklace, Swarovski crystals & vintage glass beads and the belt buckle is original Art Deco Diamante. It is piped as well. I like a challenge.
Well, I am now feeling very sleepy. Hope this week is great for you all and that you are enjoying the nice weather wherever you are.
One last thing, today I was a showcased blogger on the fabulous "Rhonda's Creative Life" blog. If you sew or craft you should really add her to your blogroll. Her sleeves drafting how-tos are completely amazing and there is always so much that informs and inspires me. I am really very touched and it totally brightened up what was a pretty miserable day.
Later lovelies, K xx