Category: Art

“It’s not the camera that takes the picture; it’s the person.” – David Bailey

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This weekend I went to see Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery, it is definitely worth a visit if you have time to go before it ends at the beginning of June.
I love his fashion photography most of all, and have a soft spot for all of his photos of Queen Moss…
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^Man (sorry I have forgotten who) with dogs, one of my favourites!eastend
Bailey’s portraits of the East End were also a highlight of the exhibition, these huge ones were so good and there were plenty more! katemoss nelson
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The Rolling Stones. km

Goldwork embroidery at Hand & Lock, Pinterest x Mastered

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I was invited by Pinterest to go to an embroidery class at Hand & Lock, an amazing embroiders based just off Oxford Street. They have been around since 1767 (mind blown) and embroidered for Micheal Jackson (the iconic military jacket!), the Queen and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few..

The studio is amazing, colourful cotton, threads and embroidered goods everywhere, it maintains a very British aesthetic with flags hanging off the ceiling and old paper goods stacked up high.

Before the event I had never embroidered in my life, only sewn giant lions and attempted to make shift dresses (badly). Oh the things I learned!

First off, goldwork is for the pro’s. It is super time consuming but ultimately satisfying like any repetitive creative task. If you can do this, I salute you! It’s an amazing skill and to get it perfect and neat is super impressive!
There is also a reason hand embroidered items are expensive. A LOT of time and love goes into this, it took almost two hours to embroider a tiny leaf!Ā  Looking at these photos now I feel even more impressed than I would have felt before the event…

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Pinterest cake pops, oh they were good… (naughty)cakepops
Some ‘here’s what I did earlier’, how amazing!
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Perri’s leaf, mine was only half as photogenic… Perri is also super lovely and works at Mastered, which I’d not really heard much about before, but it looks like it has some pretty interesting online courses.
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It was actually so good to get to know some other people who use Pinterest lots, as there is barely any social interaction on there usually and I met some lovely people. My obsession with that website continues!

Vintage toys – a sneaky peak

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A sneaky peak of some illustrations I’ve been working on lately, sooooo many toys! I haven’t had chance to put any up for a while, super secret. x

Hello, my name is Paul Smith

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This weekend I visited the ‘Hello, my name is Paul Smith’ exhibition which is currently showing at the Design Museum. I would highly recommend you go and see this if you can, it’s been extended because it’s so popular. I’ve never been hugely into Paul Smith’s clothes, but I love his taste and have seen photos of his studio before. This exhibition really takes you into Paul’s world and takes you into his present, his past, and his humble beginnings in Nottingham with his afghan hound dog! It’s a visual treat and full of lots of lovely interesting images and photos. It’s a very beautiful display of colour! Also the pinks. Omg. I wish i’d taken my SLR!
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