Inspired by the very glamorous frocks of the 2013 Academy Awards.
Something you can be assured of finding at op shops are videos. With videos near obsolete we receive hundreds of them and at 50 cents each, when looking for an old film you can’t really go wrong. However with Itunes, DVD’s, Blu-ray and all that jazz, many go to waste so today I was thinking about what you could actually do with all those old videos? What struck me is that the case is a very similar shape to a clutch, so I thought hey why not make one? It turned out to be quite simple.
Grab a video, remove the cassette and the cover page. Slip a piece of fabric into the plastic slip. Line the inside of the case with a thicker fabric using fabric/plastic glue. Cut two quarter circle like shapes to block off the sides and hot glue them along the inside of the top and bottom to connect the front and back. Cut a strip of complimentary fabric for the spine, cut this in half to stick along each side of the opening. This can fray so use shearing scissors or a fabric that won’t to assure the best results. Finally find something you can use for a handle to give a finishing touch and add to the clutch like feel. I chose a beautiful brooch which added subtle bling but wasn’t too big so it didn’t hold uncomfortably. (Note my handle doesn’t actually open the clutch, it’s just an embellishment, you just open the case as you would a video)
My day was as romantic as they come- I had a job interview. With McDonalds. Which I am pretty sure I failed.
But life goes on. So to those who are lonely on this day of sweethearts, have had a crappy day or simply want a boost of joy I have uploaded a music video I made a few months ago celebrating some of the many movies that bring me joy, to the greatness of ‘I want to dance with somebody.’ I dare you not to dance along.
It includes the likes of Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, Stand by Me, Cars, Merlin and Midnight in Paris, and promises a brighter day. (Also please note I do not own, nor have created any of the below footage or accompanying music.)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Pancake Tuesday. The day to celebrate the epiphany of breakfast foods! (& the last day before Lent) The day which promises no signs of stale Weetbixs or soggy cereal, but the sweet taste of maple syrup, the zingy bite of lemon and the fruity blend of berries.
To celebrate this day of days I have collated some of the fantastic pancake images Pinterest has to offer- by the way for those who aren’t aware of Pinterest, it is a terrific place to find inspiration and I highly recommend it. However even though I got up especially to make my pancakes I felt mine didn’t quite make the cut visually when compared to these delicious photographs. Thin wrinkly little pancakes don’t quite capture as well, although they did taste great.
If you forgot, as I usually do, it’s too late! Go ahead and reward yourself for a hard days work and celebrate pancakes with a batch for dinner.
With a nod to the vivid red and bright yellow flag of China- playful cutouts, Medusa styled head dresses and jewel encrusted snakes inspired these Chinese New Year outfits!
With the holidays ending soon, to both disappointment and excitement, I felt I should exercise my Visual Merchandising skills. Inspired by some fabulous New Year windows I wanted to create my own display. Unfortunately only 2 hours remain of the New Years day, (I figured it would best posted on the actual day,) so my drawing below is only a rough sketch and missing major elements. None the less hopefully the idea is still clear.
Imagine an oversized fortune cookies, split in half. A mannequin wearing one of the Chinese New Year outfits stands next to the biscuit, her foot resting on the broken cookie which she has just broken open with her golden heeled sandals. Ruby embellished snakes slither free from their tasty enclosure. The arrival of the year of the snake.
Happy Chinese New Year- may it be a great one!
(Above I have used templates from fashionary.org so I can get my ideas down easily and efficiently without having to worry about the figures)
It’s about 30 degrees outside and about 5 degrees hotter inside and yet all I find myself thinking about is how much I can’t wait to wear a beanie and jumper again. I don’t know what it is about daggy jumpers that I find so delightful? Perhaps it’s the fact that I live in Australia and have been robbed of any ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters or the fact that they strike up images of crisp snow, fireplaces and Harry Potter. (I have never seen snow in person, so my idealism of a frosty winter may be swayed by clichés and the fact I have never been caught in a blizzard, snowed in or had to shovel in the freezing cold to clear my driveway.)
Working at an op shop you can imagine the temptation I suffer- the knitwear section brims with knitted kangaroos, horrific blends of brown horizontal stripes and diamond prints. Therefore with work tomorrow and an empty wallet, today I attempted to quell this unseasonal craving- I decided to give one of my knits a makeover. Behold my new and improved daggy jumper.
To make the love heart I actually used some old cotton samples we were going to throw out. They were bound into little bow shapes and I simply fabric glued them onto a calico love heart which I then stitched on to the jumper. Very easy and kind of cute, despite its dagginess! The only problem is now I can’t wait to wear it.
I just love fashion design! If I had the patience for pattern making and the ability to sew beyond a pencil case, I would have loved to study fashion- however without these key aspects I figured a different direction would probably be wiser. None the less I still thoroughly enjoy fashion illustration and whenever I find I have creative block I find this ‘game’ helps the creative juices to flow once more. The theory is simple.
Step 1: Get someone to choose a word, an object, song, place, the list is endless. Step 2: Design an outfit inspired by this word. The fashions can be as abstract or to the book as you like. I generally find thinking outside the box stretches your creativite mind better. I admit this game is no rocket science but it is great fun and really helps me overcome the block- I call it Mind Kneading.
Below are some examples:
Top Row- Tinsle/ Wastepaper bin/Sand /Pear
Second Row- Hair/ Pencils/ Jungle/ “We found love”- Rihanna/ Keyboard
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