Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration
What now seems yonks ago, I attended the launch of the Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration book, from the same Amelia that brought you Amelia’s Magazine. I mentioned a few posts ago how the event inspired me to get my watercolours out and give it a go. Well I received my ‘live illustration’ through from the talented Jenny Robins who painted me in less than 5 minutes and can safely say it’s a whole lot better than I could ever do! By the looks of it she even picked up on the fact my eyebrows need doing..oops.
Now I’m not normally into posting about events – companies worth millions don’t really need any help from little ol’ me (despite their trying) but when there is creativity involved and a bunch of lovely people to go along with it, I’m there. I scoffed scones whilst catching up with friends and flipping through the main attraction – the book. I’m definitely the kind of person that buys a pretty book full of illustrations, only to flip through once and never again, so I think I’ll save my pennies for a while! I urge you to take a peek though – it really is a must for anybody interested in fashion illustration. x
As if we hadn’t had enough snow flakes…
Thank you for the compliments on my Christmas decorations in the last post! I didn’t have a huge amount to work with, but I had plenty of paper so of course I got snipping away. I started with obligatory paper snowflakes in tracing paper – they were placed all over the house – on windows, as garlands across the room and as hanging decorations on walls. Did you notice my ‘Merry Xmas’ banner across the fireplace? I used some of my vintage sheet music and cut out the letters before threading thin cotton through them using a needle. I also created paper garlands with vintage newspaper and tape! Very simple – and most importantly – cheap!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent all the money I want to this year, and having an abnormal amount of free time all of a sudden has got me tracking down other crafty things to do for very little money. Here is a little round up of crafty things you can get up to whilst you’re on holiday…
1. Ellie’s thrifty Christmas guide is a lifesaver. She posts about making your own decorations and bunting, homemade presents and fairs & fetes. Perfect for last minute additions to the house!
2. This gingerbread house is genius! I made a full-size version a couple of years ago and remember what a hassle it was holding the heavy structure together whilst the “glue” dried, so these mini versions seem like the perfect solution. Plus, the size is perfect to munch on with a mug of hot tea..even if it does look too pretty to eat. Find instructions at Not Martha.
3. More decorations! These snowflake doily tea-light holders will look pretty all year round, but especially nice on your table at Christmas. If you’ve got an old jar and a doily handy, take a look at the downloadable tutorial from Papermash.
4. Somehow I managed to leave all of my shop-bought gift tags in London before I came home..it’s lucky that Wee Birdy have some adorable ones to print out for free!
5. So, not strictly Christmassy, but I love these cloud biscuits from Forty-sixth at Grace. Of course, you can use your own shapes, but I think the clouds are very fitting at the moment with all of this snow we’ve been getting. Perhaps add a little bit of edible glitter..glitter makes everything festive! The downloadable recipe sheet is a work of art in itself!
It’s really really frustrating not having time to take pictures and blog, especially when i’m feeling inspired or catch a rare moment to read what my favourite bloggers have been upto. This week has been particularly bad, with 2 huge hand-ins this week, i’m skipping lessons just to get the work done (shh, don’t tell.). I couldn’t leave it another day without posting something – it’s like having an itch and not being able to scratch it..!
So, without further ado, I present to you a piece of my work – now you know what i’ve been up to! It’s a poster created in an evening to show the kind of branding I might use to promote a musician. I’m not a graphic designer or illustrator by any means, and it’s nothing that will actually be used “in the real world”, but i’m still quite proud of it for a quick photoshop job. It’s very very rare that i’ll show my work to anyone because i’m a huge perfectionist and i’m never happy with anything, but I figured I have to start somewhere.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of emails I recieve asking me about my university course – so here’s a little peek into the kind of thing we might do. It’s part of a project where we have to market and style a new musician, and i’ve been working with the lovely Georgia Mason – please check out her music, she’s great!
I’ll be back again ASAP with a giveaway from one my sponsors! Have a lovely day x