Sunday, 24 January 2010

Happy Sunday

A lovely image from one of my favourite blogs

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

such great heights...

Busy days.

At the moment I am in the middle of editing my dissertation, an arduous and easily avoidable task, I have however only got just over a week until it is finished and then I can finally get back into my textiles work, something I am itching to do.
Due to all this writing and editing I do have the occassional sudden urge to get creative, fully aware that this could set me back time wise, so I am having to curb my enthusiasm on that front. My break from writing today is updating my blog. I am thinking about changing my inspiration wall above my desk so I was on the hunt for some lovely photography and art to fill in the new space.
I found two lovely photographers on Etsy, here are a few little snippets of their Etsy portfolios.

Two lovely images from Futurowoman on Etsy. She has some lovely retro and polaroid prints, I especially like the hazey prints, they give such a sense of nostalgia.

Tracey Capone Photography. I love her prints so much, the use of gold and brown hues in her photography really has inspired me. I will definately be using these images in my contextual file as part of my "aged luxury" project.

In regards to my love of colour and texture there is one artist that I always seem to go back to, David Stanley. I was lucky enough to have him as a fine art tutor on my foundation course before university. Every time I need a little inspiration for colour proportion and balancing I always refer back to his work. Daves work, especially Amstel Joy are still some of my favourite pieces of art, 3 years on.

Amstel Joy

Lymm Light


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

and dabble I will...

So, today I decided to reach for the camera, a relatively basic camera I might add, and do some still life set ups. As I am so interested in interior styling I thought it was about time that I dabbled myself, I have always wanted to but have never really had the space or time to dedicate a day to doing it. But today was the day, my first little go at doing something I so love to look at.

I am planning on using a better camera in the coming weeks as I have a friend who studies photography at uni, I'm sure she will be able to give me a few pointers on where I am going wrong and what I should be doing more. But for now, here are my initial baby steps in the world of interior styling. I plan to keep this up, so from now on I will be posting my attempts.... hopefully this will document my progression and development in this area... I may even see some improvement.


Picture Perfect...

Today has been busy, but in a lovely and exciting way. Now, back at home I thought it was time to get stuck in and look out for some new interior stylists and photographers to add to my collection of favourites. What a treat I came across.... Keith Scott Morton, he has a great website, showcasing little less than 4 portfolios of work. His work is so lovely, clean, fresh and colourful it is hard to find fault with anything on his website. Here is just a little glimpse of what he has to offer.



Saturday, 9 January 2010

a french fancy...

So today I have returned to Nottingham, ready for the start of university on Monday. I'm ready to get back into the work mode now, although i'm fairly certain that after a week or so I'll be longing for these "snowed in" days.

Whilst doing some research for inspirational images for my new project I came across a lovely book, pages full of pretty, antique fabrics and decoration. I'm going to treat myself to it on Monday, after all it is going to help me with my work....

I've decided to carry on with my "aged luxury" theme for my second project, once again using silk and linen yarns to create some large jacquard pieces and then experiment with technical processes which suggest an element of antique/"worn in" surface interest.

Whilst doing some image research for this subject area I came across some lovely and somewhat decadent interiors on my laptop, I seem to save copius amounts of images and now and then forget to jott down where I've found them. I'm afraid that this is the case with the images below, I have no idea where I have collected them from, but their gorgeousness detract from this little problem.

Designers Guild


Tuesday, 5 January 2010

a tea cup pendant and a lovely little quote to cheer up everyones day

I'm a bit of a fiend when it comes to jewellery, the more the better I say. So whilst doing my weekly Etsy wishlist search I came across MishaMakes, her stuff is so pretty and girlie, ranging from the tea cup pendants through to strawberry shaped lockets, there is something for everyone! I may just have to "treat" myself to some of this happiness on a chain.

"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part." ~Shirley MacLaine


interior styling at it's prettiest

Photo from Olivia Bee Flickr Photostream

It's so snowy here today that I couldn't bring myself to leave the house... it's pretty but I'm sure after an hour of being outside I'd soon wish to be back at home!
So home is where I will stay, curled up on the couch, getting up to date with all the lovely blogs which I follow....

I collected these two images a few months ago from the Paul Smith Interior Collection, I adore the digital prints which have been used to cover the chairs, they make such a great contrast against the aged and antique looking room set up. Such a modern twist on luxury, perfection.

Some beautiful images from Ali Allens online portfolio.

Selia Lake is one of my favourite interior stylists, her work is so full of colour and pattern it's hard not to fall in love with every image of hers. Her book Bazaar Style is on my wish list!

enjoy x

Monday, 4 January 2010

A blog is born.

So today is the day, the official start of my blog. I have wanted to start a blog for a long time now, so I made it my new year’s resolution to go ahead and do it.

So here we are, my first post, on what seems to be a very naked blog layout at the moment, but hopefully within a week or two it will look as beautiful as it can be.

Today was spent with my friend Katie, mostly in a lovely and dare i say "trendy" cafe/bar called Tabac in Liverpool. Whilst sharing a pitcher of electric blue cocktail we discussed the pending blog creation, the name, its content... the lot. She too wants to start a blog, so I think with a little encouragement and good old fashioned competitiveness between us both this blog creation may work out nicely.
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