Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Filmic stuffs

...coming soon..


yep they are all real, even the green one at the end

Fox hat

I don't even like it any more! But it took soooooooooo long to make and was a real challenge, made out of curtain lining, kitchen towel and chicken wire oh and post it notes, which I bleached, dyed, fringed and frayed and stuck onto a frame.

The thinking behind it was that post it notes can aid memory and my chickens were all eaten by a fox because we forgot to lock the chicken house, so I got this fox to with reminder post it notes clearly coming off of the tail. If I made it again I'd make it subtler, maybe not use a lifesize fox model!!

Friday, 21 January 2011


News: collaboration with the Rysensteen Gymnasium from Denmark to create an installation for the Tate! They look really cool and it's an amazing opportunity, we are having a workshop soon, so I'll put up pics and keep you posted :)


Tuesday, 18 January 2011


I was looking for headscarf pictures, here's one of the beautiful Hannah wearing one Indian trekker style:

and heres some more of my fave pics, there aren't really relevant to the headscarf theme but they give a taste what the trip was like
Well I'm wearing a headscarf in the last one so that counts :)


I like the way they wear their headscarves, can't say we particularly liked the singing though..

Hermes Scarves

Doing a project at college based on this beautiful scarf my grandmother left me, so heres some sketches of me wearing it different ways, think I look a bit Nordic:

 Then Queenie style:
 As a neck-scarf:
Just by itself:
And as a turban:

also here are some more ways to wear scarves:

Jet and Rose

I LOVED THIS! Basically I went to the Netherlands and did some doodles of clothes, then came back and developed them into designs with lovely deep colours and developed a kind of storyline about the models, Jet and Rose.
Jet is the Dutch one, she is very beautiful but sees things in a very black and white manner which sometimes can cause her problems, She's best friends with Rose who wears the clothes inspired by English stuff and I imagine her to be a bit over emotional and of a romantic nature.

It's a bit vague and I hate to write 'inspired by' over and over again, but I'll run you through what first sparked an idea for each garment. 

Jet is clogs (sorry guys, couldn't resist :) and Rose is books

Jet is Hagelslag and Rose is tea
Rose is an English cottage and Jet is Heineken beer
Rose is an Oak tree and Jet is a a lovely house in Amsterdam
Rose is a Raven from the Tower of London and Jet is windmills
I used watercolour and inks, I'm delighted that they've found a place in my portfolio


They need a bit of a mention because hardly anyone really gets my fondness for chickens so here's a little story of all my favourite chooky wooks.

The white chickens are the sputnicks, all young cockerels in this picture, I have no idea why they were called that, but there you go. When they grew up a bit they were simply called 'next' as we and our neighbours enjoyed lots of roast chicken (it was a bit upsetting but necessary, you can't have loads of cockerels)

These are Cream Legbars, very poplular as they lay eggs with blue shells but they DO have a skittish nature so not the best for pets, that's my little sister with them
I LOVED THIS CHICKEN Sorry I know I must sound mad but this is Bill Flint, a Black maran and he had such a lovely nature and he was so beautiful and and and his loss is the reason I loathe foxes. Maran cockerels are really valuable because when crossbred the beautiful egg shell gene associated with Marans is inherited, and people will be more willing to buy eggs when they look beautiful and have a more reddish/brownish shade. I think it's because people consider them to look more organic and therefore more valuable.
This was Willow and he was a Dutch booted Bantam, I had a little obsession with this breed because they have very pretty fluffy feet and the hens make great pets, their feet make them ideal for people who like chickens and gardens because the feathered feet prevent serious damage to plants. However I think the cockerels get small man syndrome or something, Willow especially was a very nasty individual, he really was, used to fly up and attack anyone who came near.

this is my other Dutch Booted Bantam, Bryony. She was a bit scary and skittish so we kept her.
... But she made a really lovely mum.. this is her least successful hatch-only one chick and not even a pure breed! the chicks yellow legs give away that she is not a pure bred Light Sussex.
this is that chick all grown up:

She was friends with Bill Flint and his sister, these scraggy little things:
Then there was Cherry, a golden/buff silkie, everyone knows that silkies make wonderful mothers and are notorious for spending the majority of their lives trying to hatch chicks, she was our main hatcher:
And this is Catherine, who was my very first chicken and was a really weird shape:
Looked like she was wearing bloomers or something
um then there was some that just didn't make it..
But plentyyyyyyy who did
Aww heres Skinmaud, she was sweet, black bantam wyandotte
and the exchequer Leghorns, a breed I would not recommend to anyone, but a good experiment.
Oh and this is just a really weird egg that we found
So yes! I bet I sound like a right nutter now but there you have it, a little history of chickendom x

Cool paper type lights

They were in a stylish cafe in Krakow, Poland that did really weird scrambled egg...

Friday, 14 January 2011

Boo Ritson

For the second stereotype we chose to do a 'Nosy Parker' and I actually went down painted and fully in costume to Poppins, a popular cafe with the elderly in the center of Alton, where we did a roleplay, and so here are some photos of the lovely Doris: