My new Sewing Room – Ta-da !

You may have noticed a lack of posts showing my makes recently, it’s been a transitional phase plus I have been doing alterations. Also, you might have heard me banging on and on about wanting a sewing room and then about it being on the way  – with the crescendo tweets of “I have a new space to sew.. finally !” – So I thought I would share my new love with you.

It is so much easier now to do dressmaking, the kitchen table just wasn’t cutting it anymore. A family friend who’s a carpenter made the craft block to my specifications which is amazeballs – now I don’t have to keep bending right over to draw patterns and pin clothes.

To have a permanent place for my machines feels like such a luxury, I’ve put pictures up and things around that inspire me – like this Magical Bunny lamp from MiaFleur. It was my Birthday present from Andy.

My Sister painted this old dresser top for me. She used two colours, one as the main and a green just peeping through where she distressed it. I really love it. If you are looking to have something up cycled look no further than Clare ! Email me if you want more details.

I made these blinds with Nina Campbell fabric from Kingdom Interiors. Look out very soon for a Roman blind tutorial, here on my blog if you fancy making one.

Hope you like my room ! Do you have space where you can work ? Or is it in the pipeline, like this was for AGES !

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Con.verse ~ to engage in conversation

When I was sorting out my wardrobe today, I realised that I have a slightly absurd amount of Converse Hi Tops. It’s unlikely that I am ever really going to grow up !

 

 

 

My boots always last a long time so I must be fairly light on my feet – had some of these pairs for ages. I think my favourite are the silver glittery ones up at the top here, although the Unicorn ones just here below on the left are always greatly admired and the blue Marimekko pair are a really bold pattern.

Charlotte from Habibi Crystals suggested that I send some over one of my more battered pairs for a blinging… quite tempting. Quite fancy some studs and crystals :)


As you probably have seen, Converse have run some excellent collaborations and special editions prints  – DC Comics, Gorillaz, Dr Seuss, The Ramones… too many to mention. Do you know of own any rare ones ? Send us a photo if you do :)

I don’t wear a great deal of leather anymore and find it quite hard to find shoes or boots that I really like. Irregular Choice do a good Vegetarian range and Vegan brand Beyond Skin often have some cracking Vintage styles. I also really love Vivienne Westwood / Melissa shoes – apart from being beautiful to look at, the waft of bubble gum that comes from the boxes is delicious ( when is that word going to stop reminding me of Fifty Shades of Grey… Arrgh !  )

It’s time there were more brands out there doing fabulous non leather footwear – can you recommend any  ?

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To get on a red bus and go anywhere…

Hope you are having a wonderful Mothers Day weekend ?

It’s worked out well for us this time as Andy has been at home – it’s been a busy year for him and we missed out on being together for our First Anniversary and my Birthday last month so we headed into London yesterday for a family day – I took my new camera along and although I only used the automatic setting ( must try harder ! ).. I took a few pics along the way.

Andy wanted to make sure that I had a bit of pampering and fun – so we visited Selfridges. I had an impromptu manicure using Baker Street Nails Inc polish – very bright !.. As you can see, I have no nails to speak of so the lovely technician did an excellent job !

 

Not sure if I have mentioned before but I have a slightly out of hand, Converse addiction twinned with a penchant for leopard print so it was only right to give these beauties a loving home. :)

 

We had our lunch there, shared a few cupcakes and trundled onto Liberty London for a browse and I bought these fabrics, trim and buttons ( below ).. what to make ? – Then we popped into a very rammed Hamleys – up through Kingly Court and wandered for a while around the tireless streets.

 

I had a really good chat with the man in Castle Fine Art at St Christophers Place – if you’re ever in that area – check out their shop as they have some Stan Lee, Marvel ( signed ) canvases along with Bob Dylan paintings amongst other gifted artists. Well worth a visit. Marimekko is also just along there and their bold fabrics are as ever – stunning.

 

We took a boat ride to The Tower of London – even though it was grey, the sight of St Pauls Cathedral, Big Ben, The Shard and all the buildings on The South Bank warmed the cockles of my heart. Bliss.


 

 

 

Finishing off the day with a much needed 50s restyle for Andy at Rocket Barbers in Hackney.Touring leaves little time for such thing as a haircut ! :)

Being a Londoner at heart, I do miss the eternal buzz of the Big Smoke. It is true that you take things for granted when they’re on your doorstep. Almost everyday when I lived and worked in London I passed all of these places but was always in a rush to get to somewhere else ! I find it important though to get in now whenever I can for inspiration – I’m really looking forward to the Ideal Home Show next week.

What’s your favourite part of London and why ?.. How do you like to spend an ideal day ?

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INSPIRE ME – With Olivia Rubin

 

 

 

 

 

 

When leaving Central St Martins, five years ago, Olivia Rubin was picked for the prestigious Press Show and gained much attention with a “standout collection”.

I remember very clearly the first time I saw Olivia’s famous brick print pieces – this was because I immediately fell in love with them. Her prints are always distinctive with beautiful colours – and she creates “fashionable yet timeless” which I really admire in a Designer.

Five years on she has seven fabulous seasons under her belt, cool collaborations with ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Very.co.uk and a huge amount of fans including Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Una Healy.

So, it is a real pleasure to share this ‘Inspire Me’ interview with you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your brand won notoriety immediately on leaving Central St Martins  – how did this come about and were you ready for all the attention ?

It was very competitive to get into the press show at CSM so out of hundreds of students I was obviously super chuffed just to make it that far. My final collection was based on art deco lesbians and teddy boys so it had a very significant hand writing. I think this drew in attention particularly to my ‘naked lady’ prints and that’s when I started to grow my name and portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your home full of bold colours and graphic prints?

Definitely not at the moment. My husband and I are in the process of moving but as soon as we get settled into a new home I have big interior design plans. I am envisioning bold colour and possibly some brick print wall paper !

Was it always your vision to become a fashion designer ?

As clichéd as it sounds it always was. I inherited my grandpa’s artistic flair at a very young age and was constantly painting and sketching. I even used to set up a little stall outside my parents house and sold some of my paintings, so I think the combination of creativity and business nous was present in my early teen years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You use silk in lots of your garments – is it your favourite fabric to work with ?

Silk lends itself to bright colours and prints so it was the obvious fabric of choice to start with. It is also a very luxurious fabric that can be manipulated in a variety of ways so it is definitely one of my favourite fabrics to use and a garment in silk lasts forever !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your prints are so eye catching. Do you use manual screen printing methods or Photoshop – and why ?

At CSM we were always encouraged to hand draw elements to start off with to give prints a unique hand writing. That method has stuck with me and I normally start off with some drawing or painting and then develop the patterns on Photoshop to give them a more intense dimension. It also completely depends on the print/look I’m trying to achieve-some of my prints are bold and graphic which lends itself to computer lead work, whereas others have a more organic feel so I try and limit the work on Photoshop so they retain a hand drawn feel.

I love your signature print and have several of the dresses !  Might you ever produce a homeware brick print range ?

Definitely ! I have been really keen to explore where my prints could go outside of the fashion realms so I am in talks with different areas and licensors to discuss potential opportunities. I think it’s a natural progression I have reached in my career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have worked with ASOS, Very.co.uk,  Dorothy Perkins to name a few – Who else would you love to collaborate with ?

There’s a lot of other potential retailers I would love to collaborate with. I don’t want to stretch my brand too thinly though so I think for the moment I am focusing on exploring potential ranges outside of fashion, which could work with my prints.

Please can you offer some inspiring words for new designers ?

Take your time and stay focused on your goal. Work experience is key as it really gives you an insight into what area of fashion you really want to focus on. After interning at John Galliano I knew my strength and passion was print so I started to concentrate more on that side of my work. Then when the timing was right and the perfect opportunity came along to showcase my collection I went for it and have grown my brand since then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five years on – what would you say have been the highlights so far ?.. and where do you see your brand in another five years ?    

So many highlights; showing at LFW, dressing Cheryl Cole, getting my first exclusive in Vogue, setting up my South Molton street showroom, working with some great companies and brands, meeting some life long friends, travelling, producing some key pieces….

The first 5 years was so focused on the fashion industry that I hope the next five I can take my prints and grow my brand into other areas and make my prints iconic while still retaining my presence within fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big thanks to Olivia for sharing some advice and her time.

I cannot wait for the homeware :) Do you have a favourite Olivia Rubin design ? 

Check out all of the S/S 2013 www.oliviarubin.com range here. You can also follow her on Twitter @OliviaRubin and become a fan on facebook :)

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You wait for one Birthday and then they all come at once…

This week I have sewn my little heart out. I’ve made blouses – a first believe it or not and made seven in two days ! Great experience. Hope you’ve had a good week ? Don’t forget you have until the 28th to get your pics into me for the February inspiration challenge.

Moving on… We had a little Birthday party last week for our youngest Daughter. As ever, I got a bit carried away….

This amazing cake and the cupcakes were made by Heidi at Cute Little Cupcakes. Almost too good to eat – almost :)

I really enjoy coming up with ideas for celebrations and it’s a great excuse to get making. As we had decided on a craft workshop ( highly recommend Holly from Doodles4kids who did ours ) it seemed fitting, really.

If you’re looking to for some ideas for your own party’s this year – maybe these crafty options will wet your appetite….

When it comes to Party bags, I have a bit between my teeth. I have lost count of the times we have thrown those plastic “landfill” ones away and if I remember using them once and not feeling very comfortable with it. So, I decided to make them this year from fabric. To make the bag the going home present and then add a few bits in too. The cost actually was only a tad more than buying all the usual stuff. It was obviously just a little time consuming – but that was fine. The tie one above is particularly quick and easy to do.

There was a slight issue as one of our little guests doesn’t like balloons at all *mild panic*….so we opted for some pom poms instead – they looked really pretty. These were from eBay ( we had them at our wedding too ) and all you have to do is fluff them up into a ball. I guess you could make your own from scratch. You can store them for other celebrations or you could give them away as a gift at the end of the party. Everyone wanted one !

I mentioned in my Lottie’s Bakery review the other day that the lovely Dina had also made us some Moshi Cake Pops to try out – these would make an excellent bag filler. The kids will love ’em.

Little hairbows for girls is something that doesn’t take long to make and you can use leftover bits of fabric and attach them to alligator clips. Even easier is using scrapbooking flatbacks and just glue them to snap clips.

Bunting is always effective. You could make it single double sided and need fabric or oil cloth .. or even paper. Also some bias binding… and of course, a sewing machine.

It’s my Birthday today, so, I am off to eat cake, more cake and then some more, erm… cake :)

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Happy Christmas and thanks :)


My last post this side of Chrimbo !

Time to wind down and hang up my stocking…. are you all set ? Is anyone ever ?

In the meantime, I want to say a big thanks to my sponsors, all the wonderful people and companies that I have collaborated with and interviewed this year including:

Rocket Dog, Kitty Finegan, Janome, Fabric Rehab, Horrockses Fashions, Ditto Fabrics, Fabric Yard, Curtains Made Simple, ZPM Trolley Dolly, Seamstar, MiaFleur, Lekue, Irregular Choice, Beauvamp, Horace Panter, Zakee Shariff, This is Rude, Tatty Devine, Chie Mihara, welovekaoru, Jennie Maizels, Steve Neaves, Wilbur and Gussie, Retrosun, Romero Bryan, Paris ( Coldplays artist in residence ), Anna Lou of London, KissmeZombie, Melody Miller, Dolly Dagger, Serendipity Studio, Loaf, 2d Scrumptious, Bombus and Vowed and Amazed.

It’s been a busy one and I have enjoyed every minute of it ! The prizes have been top notch and very generous. The inspirational advice given by such amazing designers has been invaluable. I’ve got lots more lined up for early next year – and have some exciting news too :)

I hope you have enjoyed my own designs and projects this year ?

If you think you think we are a match made in heaven and are interested in sponsoring LucyLovesYa, running a product giveaway or requesting a product review in 2013 do get in touch. Would love to hear from you.

Wishing you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS…. and will update soon.

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Beehives and Spangly balls !

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was using a vintage Christmas crafts sewing pattern to make some decorations. Well, I used one of them ! and discarded the lace look – I just couldn’t do it :)

This Fairy / Bet Lynch / pink beehive lady is called Ethel, and she now lives on top of our tree. She’s pretty mahoosive, actually… 13 inches tall including the beehive !  The hair do took one whole episode of Holby City and a couple of retro liquors to create ( hence the wonky eyebrows… ). and I finished it off with a pink rose. Of course, it had to be a leopard print frock and she is indulged with a layer of pink netting under the skirt. She has big red earrings à la Pat Butcher – and the gold wings, I felt, finished off her crazy lady outfit.

I deliberated for a while; should I add this wonky eyebrowed lady to my blog ? Initially, I asked my fella to draw the face on but he was in a rush and it all went wrong, hence it all sewn on now, to cover up the calamity !  She still has a slightly wild look in her eye and is definitely remensecent of an 70’s toilet roll cover, but, In the end, I decided – yep !.. and long may she reign…

I also bought some big polystyrene baubles and covered them with gold spray, waited a night for them to dry and then just glued shiny crystals, beads and other random offerings onto them. I then pinned the ribbons on through a button at the top.

There were plans to make some more bits and bobs but have been caught up with sorting out this new sewing room, so we’ve also used some of these kitsch Paperchase decorations and a few obligatory baubles and tinsel, they are really gorgeous though some surprisingly heavy and very delicate.. so it’s just a matter of time really :) … we did have a big box full of things we usually put on the tree, but they are no longer in working order.. long story !

What have you put on your tree this year ? Are you all set for the madness of this coming week ? :)

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INSPIRE ME – with Horace Panter

Today, ‘Inspire Me’ is with Artist Horace Panter – whom you may well also know as Sir Horace Gentleman, bass player with Iconic Ska band The Specials.

Horace already had a Fine Art degree under his belt when he joined The band in 1977 and so it was just a matter of music, tours and an interesting teaching role, before he would produce his own icon inspired artwork. The first public exhibition of many took place in November 2011 with great response and there are plenty more to come.

News of a 2013 tour with The Specials is out, so all in all, next year is sounding good too.

I could’ve asked many questions to someone with such an interesting and varied life to date – but I managed to narrow them down and hope you enjoy …

You studied art before even joining the Specials – you had your first exhibition at the Strand in London only last year – what has the reaction to your work been so far ?

I think it has surprised people. There have been a lot of positive responses and Iʼve been taken a lot more seriously than I was expecting, you know, the ʻsemi – retired rock star with too much time on his handsʼ reaction, but itʼs been more like ʻwow, this guy can actually paint !ʼ

Do you think it’s important to study your craft at college or university, be it fine art or whatever you choose in life ?
If youʼre going to be a doctor or an architect, then yes ! I suppose it depends on what sort of artist/musician you would like to be. Francis Bacon, for example, never went to art school. It has helped me, I know that, by giving me a credibility I would not otherwise have had. Also, a grounding in Modern Art History has helped but you donʼt need to go to university to study that.

Has working as a musician developed you as an artist – and vice versa ?

Only in as much as it has enabled me to travel and visit art galleries and find inspiration from around the world. No, thatʼs not all, if I wasnʼt a professional musician with lots of ʻdown timeʼ I wouldnʼt have the excess of free time to paint. When Iʼm rehearsing in the studio or doing a gig, I have to fit into a team and concentrate on what works best for the group; when Iʼm painting, Iʼm solo, making all the decisions.

When you are painting do you like to surround yourself with solitude or paintings and music ?

Preparing boards and preliminary stuff I can listen to music, but I canʼt multitask very well; I could never do my homework in front of the TV so, when Iʼm painting, I like solitude.

Did you design The Specials logo ?

Not entirely. Jerry did the two-tone man and I did the 2 -Tone Records bit.

You were Head of Art at a school for autistic children for ten years – how did this come about and did any of the students work inspire you ?

I went into the special needs school as support for one specific pupil. As he settled back into the school, I was ʻabsorbedʼ into the staff and once it was discovered that I had an art degree  (the art teacher was really a PE teacher who took the job because no-one else wanted it … yes, school is like that! ), I was offered the job so a bit ʻunder the radarʼ really. It was a fantastic experience, especially dealing with children on the autistic spectrum. It made me change the way I viewed art – to make it more immediate.

Who and what are your biggest influences ? Is this ever evolving ?

Musically, most stuff on Tamla/Motown and Stax/Atlantic, Chicago Blues and Dub Reggae. Artwise, the list is longer – Henri Rousseau, (Sir) Peter Blake, Wayne Thiebaud, Mark Rothko, Kenneth Noland, Robyn Denny, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, James Rosenquist – mainly American 1960s artists, but they, the 60sʼ, were my formative years. Lately, I think Iʼm like the Borg out of Star Trek inasmuch as I accumulate everything and it becomes a source for work. I like the phrase ʻappropriation and subversionʼ!!

As a bass player and teacher you are in a supporting role – how does it feel to be the front man ?

The art career is my ʻsolo albumʼ. It is a different kind of creativity.

Are there certain galleries that you look forward to visiting when you’re on tour ?

Oh yes ! There is a probability we will be in New York towards the end of summer. I have never been to the new MOMART. The year before last, we were in Europe and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne was fantastic, as was The Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

Is you work influenced by pop art ?  What do you love about it ?
To my way of thinking, Pop Art was to Art History what Punk Rock was to Rock and Roll. You had Abstract Expressionism, which was very elitist and metaphysical ( I love Rothko by the way ) and then along comes a guy with a soup can ! My work is heavily influences by traditional iconography and the word ʻmundaneʼ is used a lot in iconography as it is in Pop Art. ʻElevating the Mundaneʼ is one of the tropes of Pop Art and a lot of my work looks like Pop Art. Peter Blakeʼs technique and his use of colour are also big influences.

I love your cassette paintings, they really remind me of my treasured mix tapes  – if you were making up your ultimate mix tape of 30 minutes / 10 songs.. what would they be and why ?

1. Road Runner, Junior Walker and the All Stars

2. All Down the Line, Rolling Stones ( off Exile on Main Street ) !

3. Too Much Alcohol, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks

4. A Little Bit of Love, Free

5. Outta Space, Billy Preston

6. Dub Tree, Joe Gibbs ( from African Dub Chapter 3 )

7. Trampolene, The Spencer Davies Group ( worldʼs greatest B-Side )

8. PCH, ZZ Top ( great driving music )

9. China Girl, David Bowie ( with Stevie Ray Vaughan channelling Albert King )

10. Pour Me One More Drink, Robert Ward ( the Blues – for real )

What inspired you to write your book  – Ska’d for life ?

I had these two diaries from our US and Japanese tours and my parents had collected 11 scrap books full of Specials and Two-Tone related press. I was always the one that people were being directed to: ʻAsk Horace, he remembers stuff like thatʼ. There had been a couple of ʻfan-relatedʼ attempts at writing about the band but I thought they were far from accurate and no-one in the band had done it … so I did. Also, I twisted my ankle during the summer holidays and had fuck all else to do !!

Could you offer some words of advice for any aspiring artists and musicians reading this on how to fulfill their dreams ?

Self belief and persistence. Oh, and a good manager. Thatʼs A GOOD MANAGER!!

Do you have any exhibitions coming up ? .. and will The Specials be touring next year ? I will look forward to both..

By the time you publish this, The Specials May 2013 UK Tour Dates will have been announced. In 2012 I had 14 exhibitions – great fun but too much! In 2013 I am discussing exhibition dates in Liverpool and Glasgow in the early months and have one pencilled in for Number 9 Gallery in Birmingham for the summer. As soon as I have confirmation of any exhibitions the dates are published on Twitter and Facebook and also in the ʻHoracePanterArtʼ quarterly newsletter … all the logistics are handled by Clare, the woman I love !

A massive thanks to Horace ( and Clare ! ) …it is an honour to interview someone whom I have grown up listening to and loving their music, and now am very inspired by Horace’s artwork too.

You can see more of Horace’s work on his website – www.horacepanterart.com Follow him on Twitter @horacepanterart and you can become a fan facebook for info on upcoming exhibitions and shows.

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Giveaway ! WIN this MiaFleur silk Floriography cushion worth £65 – CLOSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new day and a super giveaway !

I’m rather taken with new online homes and interiors Boutique MiaFleur who are very generously offering up this 16″ x 16″ Floriography 100% silk cushion worth £65 as the prize. A very opulent treat for yourself – or a really thoughtful gift for someone lucky in your life, eh ?

The centre panel is machine embroidered with the words “Happiness is to hold flowers with both hands” … hence the name “Floriography” meaning the language of flowers ( I didn’t know that, did you ? ). MiaFleur love that flowers have their own language and can represent so many different things. The cushion has a beautiful raspberry red border with a cream centre panel. The filling is feathers, and it has a button back fastening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scouring the countries craft and design shows, hand selecting the very best in quirky interiors from British designer makers – MiaFleur have a penchant for eclectic styling and a desire to stand out from the crowd.

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INSPIRE ME – with Zakee Shariff

Zakee-portrait-by-AL-Newman-copyThere’s nothing like artwork that makes you feel happy.

Having luckily discovered the artist and designer Zakee Shariff a little while ago during her collaboration with fashion website ASOS – I fell in love with her work. Vibrant art, cool designs – and always with a positive message.

With her cult following – Zakee’s clothing collections have sold globally and she has worked with many fashion brands including People Tree and Urban Outfitters.

She has had a versatile career so far having also worked as a stylist, in publishing, as an art director and interior design – amongst other avenues.

I am ever so slightly in awe and hope you enjoy Inspire Me today with Zakee Shariff !…. a-to-zHighRes

You started out with your own clothing label as well as doing your art work – How did you get into fashion design ?

I had never thought of starting a clothing label and a dear friend who is one of the owners of a mens and women’s clothing label called YMC You Must Create, convinced me to start my own label and very kindly introduced me to various contacts to enable me to make it happen. It all just kinda unfolded.

I always knew I wanted to work both as an artist and a designer. My training was in printed textiles but it was very much rooted in painting and drawing and abstracting from that into design.  So it was a great way to explore that process, and learn about the business side too. Youth_0510

You’ve worked with textiles, fine art, illustration, styling, interior and product design.. and you’ve also been an art director – has this worked out as a natural progression ?

Definitely. One led to another and another and back again, like a creative dance.

 

Is there one particular field of design that you enjoy the most ?

I enjoy all the different design projects I have been blessed with doingI love designing textiles. Peace-heart-cushion-small

 

There are very positive messages within your designs – is this something that is important to you ?

Yes it is, I hope my work can give people joy and maybe help them to think more about the world from a different perspective.

 

Your collaboration with People Tree is going really well – how did this originally come about ?

 A lovely friend if mine Vickie Snow from Snow PR introduced me, as she thought we were a match, and we all just clicked. They are lovely to work with and very inspiring in the the way they are able to create everything they do ethically correct.

Safia the owner tends to sit with me and we go through old prints of mine and we brainstorm and I then recreate the prints and make some new ones and then her team and i work together to get them right. I don’t get involved in the garment shapes and styling….its purely a focused and joyous experience of drawing, making patterns and colouring them. And  I create the prints and we work on colours together.

 

Having worked with ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Japanese store MAYZ, Roxy Heart.. to name just a few – what do you enjoy the most about collaborations ?

I have such a love of collaborating. I thrive when I work with another creative or a team of people and make a vision come alive. That is very fulfilling and inspiring to me.

 

Describe a perfect working day for you ?

Drawing, painting or screen printing listening to some great music in my studio – loud ! main_8bd11_MOVEMENTANDCHANGEOFTHEj

 

What kind of music do you listen to ?

I love listening to all different types of music when I work,  it depends on the mood I’m in.
I’d say when I’m printing however,  I like to listen to loud Hip Hop, Soul, R n B, Dancehall and reggae.. a bit of a soul girl then, eh ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                        Can you offer some inspirational advice on how to get into fashion design and textiles ? 
Be honest to your creative vision, ask questions, ask for support there are amazing beings out there that do want to help. Work hard, research and give your self permission to have fun and make mistakes. Do choose to do work experience, it’s the best way to learn. Knock on doors, as you find your path and follow your instinct. Have a clear vision of what you would like to achieve, even if its a really basic feeling and the rest is unsure, get in touch with the ultimate desire. That sets you on your way for sure. main_758bc_PEACE2j

What are you working on at the moment and when will we get to see it ? :)

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I’ve just created a few prints for a great new kids collection called Ruff and Huddle. www.ruffandhuddle.co.uk The collaboration is for AW13. I love making prints for kids.

I’m creating a new print for my lovely friend Nick who has a beautiful womenswear brand. Studio Nicholson. www.studionicholson.com. It’s a very chic minimal collection.

I’m working on two personal projects. One is product based and the other is a group of new fine art screen prints.

The rest is pending research that I am doing.
Thanks Zakee :) Full of talent – and what a lovely person ! If you’d like to see more of her work online – go to www.zakeeshariff.com, become a fan on Facebook for updates and/or follow her on Twitter !

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