Inside The Design Studio

Click on here for our first studio tour video!

I take you through my packing cupboard, new unfinished Ikea table and the inspiration boards!

The packing cupboard is so useful but I could do with some more features. In my studio board on Pinterest I’ve been looking at some great packing stations to get some ideas. When I get some time I’m going to use some of these ideas for my own space.

For storage and organising I like the A Place for Everything Website and they also have a wooden craft organiser which I like the look of.

Products featured in video:

Morplan Pro-spot cleaning fluid

Ikea Norberg Wall table

Ikea Kallax Shelving unit

Diary Update – of a fashion designer business!

We’ve been very busy! Only now have I had the time to sit down for this little diary re-cap.
We held a great competition with Pinstripe & Pearls giving everyone a chance to win a dress of their choice from our Silk Line Collection! The lucky winner was drawn 12 days ago and we sent her a lovely parcel. She chose the Ava dress.
The Winner’s Prize all packed up!
Ava dress
Ava Dress
We’ve moved into a new studio space. It was built especially for us. But this has taken a lot of energy and lugging stuff about. Only just getting sorted now a month later! See the build process here.IMG_4783
New Studio just after we moved in
Our sale has started on the website. Don’t miss out on some great price points for designer silk jersey dresses. All our pieces are made in Britain in our studio. See my top 4 fashion sale picks!
Rosa Blouse – a top sale pick!
I’ve been working on new collections – I have a very cosy new corner that I’ve covered in colours and images. I’m calling it Inspiration Corner!
Inspiration Corner
Last but not least we are launching a new range of scarves. The first one has landed and it is covered in beautiful Flamingos. Get your mittens on our limited edition 100% Spun Viscose scarves with my Flamingo print. I hand painted the Flamingos and then they were printed onto the scarves. We have only got 4. Once these have gone we won’t be able to get the Flamingos printed onto the Spun Viscose again. A shame, it’s a nice soft fabric.
Close up on the Flamingos

Oh and on a personal note, I’ve got a bit obsessed with my icecream maker and it’s been homemade gelato literally everyday! I’ve been using the allotment fruit. The raspberries and strawberries have made amazing gelato and sorbettos!

Yay homemade gelato
Yay homemade gelato

Watch out for more scarves on the way, new collections and other bits and pieces!!

The Fashion Studio Move Update!

So if you tried to call us or you made an order during mid-end May then you will know that the Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear studio has been on the move!

We have had a space purpose built for the business and it is very exciting times for us! The space is bigger, which will mean we can push on with a lot more things.  A month later we are still getting organised and moving bits into and around the studio. I’ve moved the book shelves for the second time! It’s not until you start working in somewhere that you find out if things work in the position you put them!

 

Day 1 they had joined and cut lots of wood but this is how the day ended!
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Pre-studio concrete space
End of day 1
The area at the end of day 1

 

Here is the new studio after day 2 – the main frame is up.
Day 2 All the bits were put up and joined together!
The studio
Then the cedar cladding went on!

 

Day 3 the sun came out at last and they put the rubber roofing on.

 

The men are on the roof, putting it on!
The men are on the roof, putting it on!
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End of day 3 – the roof is on. Just waiting for the doors and windows!
Day 4 – It’s all done! Doors and windows are in.
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We moved a lot of the studio equipment in!
Final shed 2
Looking down the other end – you can see the window and storage space door!
Final shed shed
The storage space is open – yet to be filled!!

The building is clad in beautiful cedar wood – it smells divine and mixed with the smell of the roses growing outside – it’s like having a special fashion house perfume!

Things accumulate over time in a studio- images, paperwork, fabrics and lots of other bits and bobs. I’ve had to be ruthless about what came with us into the new space. We’ve now got more room but I wanted to leave space for things I couldn’t access easily before such as my collection of Vogues.

So in these pictures we have just popped all our stuff in! More organising to be done.

Friday Fashion Inspiration Exploration

I eventually found the time to go to the Fashion and Textile Museum current exhibition ‘Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol’ on Friday!

It actually turned out to be very relevant time for me as I’m currently working on some print designs.

I wanted to share some of my favorites from the exhibition with you but not all – you really need to go see for yourself!! It’s on until 17th May so you have plenty of time still !! There is so many lovely prints to see and a big variety of styles as well – it is hard to pick favorites!

Follow the Print Design Trends:

The exhibition starts between 1910 and 1939 with work by Fauvist, Fururist and Constructivist artists who became involved in textile design.

It then moves on to the 1940s ‘Brave new world’ textile designs – following the 2nd World War where they focused on creating exports to boost the British economy.

In the 1940s the Surrealism movement starts and you see work by Dali – one of the most popular and fashionable.

Henry Matisse: 'Echarpe No 1' 1947
Henry Matisse: ‘Echarpe No 1’ 1947

 

 

 

Marcel Vertes: 'Vegetable Patch' Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944
Marcel Vertes: ‘Vegetable Patch’ Screen-printed silk head scarf 1944

 

 

 

 

We then move onto the 1950s and this has several different styles going on. Many artists were involved into print design from Miro to Henry Moore. The exhibition ends on some wonderful prints by Warhol.

Andy Warhol: 'Ice Cream Sundaes' Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol: ‘Ice Cream Sundaes’ Screen Printed cotton fashion textiles 1962
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never been to the Fashion and Textiles Museum you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it. With reasonable entry prices, interesting display layouts and a cute little cafe – it’s hard to beat. Oh yea and it’s a 5 min walk from London Bridge: perfect if you work that end of town and you fancy some culture post work.

Business Diary Entry!

Out of the blue came the potential for another pop up  shop! But this one is looking to be a bit different to the others! Basically for one week we will be a shop within a fashion shop. I am very excited about this and we have lots of exciting ideas in the pipeline for this very central London pop up shop!

Stay tuned for more news and updates about this!

 

Dressing Fear

So you may have seen a few tweets of mine yesterday, showing a lot of excitement about working through a fear of mine.
I made the decision to go for it – work through my fear. To help myself get through it I decided to put on a smart business outfit, makeup and jewellery. It sounds silly but I find this very helpful.
Changing the way you dress changes the way you feel. By creating an outer facade I find gives confidence within.
Even if no one sees, for instance; my fear was making a tough phone call – it’s all about adjusting (or tricking) the mind.

I found it interesting how dramatically I felt different. I’m not thinking it would work for a fear of flying or snakes but…. a fear of speaking in public, presenting your research to the boss or when starting a new job – this could assist you.

Do you find dressing ‘up’ helps your confidence to do things you are scared of?

 

A Walking Work Day

On 16th December 2013 we had a video shoot for my business Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear.

We had a couple of things go wrong for instance last minute model cancellations and running late but on the whole these things did not have a major impact on the day. In fact, the day was a huge success.

We drove to the studio at Green Lens Studios, running a little late as the traffic was horrendous (9am is rush hour but seriously no one was rushing anywhere – we weren’t moving at all!!!). We arrived and our filming expert of the day was already there getting set up. The atmosphere was nice and chilled and we were welcomed by Green Lens Studios with a fresh cup of coffee.

After the model cancellations we were left with one model; Lilly. Lilly was better than we could have hoped for and it turned out perfectly as she was super fantastic and looking back now I wouldn’t change it.

For hair styling we had Danielle who is so quick and great at creating hair styles. Within a blink of the eye Lilly’s hair was up in a beautiful bun style.

Our makeup artist for the day Helen, did an amazing job at creating a very sophisticated makeup look. We did a couple of screen tests to check the strength of the hair and makeup. It’s amazing what the camera picks up on that the naked eye doesn’t see and vice versa! Helen ended up increasing the strength of the makeup with some fake eyelashes and stronger lip colour and Danielle increased the height of the hair.

Conal from Pavemar Productions understood exactly what we were trying to achieve with the filming and got straight into capturing Lilly on film.

See the full day on set here!:

Putting away the sparkle

So, the time to put away the sparkle has come round again. We’ve just packed away the decorations and I’ve popped my sparkly clothes towards the back of the wardrobe in clothing bags. I love the glitz and the sparkle around Christmas time but to start 2014 off it feels refreshing to get some clean cut minimalist clothing styles out again.

I think it might also be worthwhile getting a bit more minimalist with my ‘stuff’! De-cluttering is my on-going battle but I feel on the cusp of achieving it. It’s not my New Years resolution but something I am going to continue to dedicate time for.

I love a well designed piece of storage and this piece from A place for Everything is no exception – different trays for all the Christmas baubles (yes please!!)

Christmas Decoration Storage Box
and this box for storing everything you need to wrap presents is what I really really want!!!

Gift Wrap Storage Box

Do you have any thing you want to achieve going forward? Do you manage to live in a minimalist way?

minimalism isn't just a design aesthetic. it's a way of life. - Chris Schneider

New shoooeeees? Because everyday is a shoe day!

Tomorrow if you are thinking “mmm I’d like to head somewhere different for Sunday breakfast plus I need some new shoes and I want some flowers”; you need to be heading to Columbia Road.

Peponita has popped up this week at 95 Columbia Road. Tomorrow is your last day to go in, try on and grab yourself some new shoes.

Ladies, these are shoes you can walk, work and dance in!

If you can’t make it to Columbia Road – why not book an appointment to try on at their Highgate studio in North London. Because I have annoyingly shaped feet – I think trying on is essential with shoes!

These are some pics of their lovely pop up at Columbia Road. Doesn’t it look fab!

More shoes!
How about some lace ups?
Peponita
Love the hanging cages with shoes inside
A-Frame
Need new shoes? YES Always!
Shoes
How about some T-Bar shoes?

Mannequin Window

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