Total Pageviews

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Queen Liz is finally stitched up!!

She really should have gone to specsavers!

After hours of hand embroidery! I have finally stitched up Queen Elizabeth II ready for her Jubilee celebrations this coming weekend! She has a screen printed dress and a beautiful embellished crown, just what ever girl needs.  As a British designer you can't really not do a little bit of something for this national celebration. Top trends at the moment is to have the British flag in EVERYTHING! and to be honest its driving me nuts and making everything look, well a bit tacky. I know this is all about Britain, but like the keep calm slogan its getting a bit over done. RANT OVER!
So I have decided to keep my drawing simple inspired by the 1950's British stamp. My embroidery is ready to be put into design development for products. I am excited to what I can develop from my embroidery piece.

'Queen Liz II' -such a hard life staring into space!

Personally, I love the contemporary style of illustration created from the random stitch!!!

'zombie nation' -hmmm! Interesting!

No rest for the wicked! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Design development coming soon!
Cucumber sandwiches to the ready :) Hurahhh! x


Monday, 21 May 2012

An Old London Bus!

I was so excited when I saw this in a traffic jam near Sunderland! I just had to take a pic to share with you!
                      'I wanna have a go!'
Great inspiration for stitching up the Queen collection.

Still Stitching up the Queen!

My Queen's Head is slowly getting there! I have added more detailing into her hair, lips and eyes. My hand embroidery is taking its time, but I am really excited about the sketch quality I am gaining from the back! I am staying Conservative on the front and develope more designs from the back to other collections.
  'Those french knots took FOREVER!'

You can see the back soon!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Stitching up the Queen!

Not long now until the Queens Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations begin! Ive got my cake stand to the ready!!
I have been working on my own little piece of art work to commemorate this event. Its been a slow process getting to this point but I thought I would give a sneak peek of me "Stitching up the Queen!"
I am not quite sure yet whether these pieces will be put into products or just a quirky piece of artwork in a gorgeous frame for my hallway.!  I have other elements to add to my designs that will hopefully offer a more contemporary edge but still keeping the over all look of a traditional portrait. We will see if my ideas develop like I want them too!!!? 

 'Hand Embroidery' Traditional and Contemporary.
Both of these samples are initial sketches!
Which one do YOU like best?

Sunday, 13 May 2012

A Rain of Inspiration! Designed and Made for John Lewis.

I had a lovely working day out in Newcastle on Thursday with my best friend and fellow designer Jayne Hewison. After a few planes,trains and automobiles we finally dropped of my product samples to Designed and Made ready for the John Lewis proposal. It was absolutely pouring down with rain, so we decided to go for a well deserved cuppa tea and a cake in The Biscuit Factory. It was bursting with inspiration! and lovely to be able to bounce ideas of each other.
My day out in the beautiful and very urban city of Newcastle has inspired me greatly for my new interiors collection. I am hoping it will be ready for the Home and Gift show in Harrogate, were I have been invited to exhibt under 'Intro North'.

                                                                       "Sneek peek!"
Well better get cracking! Hellooooo!Drawing board. ;)

P.S ...... R.I.P. Jayne's Brolly! xoxoxo