I’ve been in the studio playing with new ideas and coming up with different designs. It’s nice to get back to that again.
As well as fashion design I’ve also been playing a bit with other creative avenues. I’ve been planning my wedding with Mr CS and it has allowed me (given me the excuse) to stretch my creative wings in different directions.
I love flowers and floristry, so I thought, why not?! I have developed quite a specific idea through photos in magazines and pinterest regarding what I want at the wedding, flower wise for bouquet and table decor. So through the help of You tube videos, a couple of books I’ve purchased and some tips from a friend who’s been on a flower course I started to experiment and practice.
To start practicing and trying techniques out I bought some flowers that were not in the best state (heavily discounted – end of shelf life). I thought I’d share with you some of my first experiements!
You can see in the bouquets I was squeezing the stalks together too tightly – resulting in the flowers being squashed together.
I then went on to try a different way of creating a bouquet because I really want to have a cascading bouquet for the wedding. For this I purchased a handle. This comes with foam in it which you soak and then insert the foliage and flowers.
This is the start of building up a shape on the bouquet holder:
Here I am trialling and creating a shape out for a table display:
So I am definately no expert, but I have enjoyed my foray into floristry. It won’t be for everyone and I’m yet to do it for the wedding – I will let you know how that goes!
I first encountered Marlene Dumas’ work in New York at the MoMa museum. I found her work strange and beautiful, refreshing and stark, modern and classic. I had to have the book Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave when I saw it in NYC. I am booking tickets for this exhibit in London.
What is luxury? – The V&A (25th April – 27th September 2015) A variety of craft discipline from haute couture to a watchmaker. This exhibition will explore the future of luxury ask questions about its role in society.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture For A Modern World – Tate Britain (24th June – 25th October 2015) This is the first major exhibition in London for almost 50 years of the work by Barbara Hepworth. I love Hepworth’s work and find it to be very inspiring as a designer, especially her sculptures.
If you are ever in Cornwall, go to St Ives, her home, garden and art studio are well worth a visit.
Exploring the Chinese influence on western fashions. The exhibition will juxtopose high fashion with Chinese objects.
Sadly I will miss this one, I do with the big fashion exhibitions would go on for a bit longer. 4 months is not long at all and I think fashion exhibitions are a big draw for those going to the visit the museums.
and whilst you are there (because the entry fee to the museum includes everything) go and see;
On Friday I went to the Wellcome Collection in London which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a gallery/museum that is a little bit different to others. As a designer and being a curious person I enjoy going to exhibitions and learning new things. I find that inspiration can come from anywhere, you never know when the creative spark may happen!
The main exhibition they have on at the moment is called Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime. It takes you through the development of the different areas of forensics through time. You can look at an 18th Century miniature scaled model of a house that has a murder scene in it (the set of houses are still used in Forensic Police training today).
They showed the development of the autopsy. Then taking you right through to today with current developments in virtual autopsies the ‘virtopsy’. You could see the first crime scene photographs and listen to experts explain how it works in their part of forensics. It was very interesting. I really would have liked to have heard a lot more about each of the areas in depth but I’m guessing that would have made it a huge exhibition!
I love a gallery or museum shop. In the Wellcome Collection they had a great range of books that seemed quite different than you can find elsewhere. They also had an unusual selection of gifts and bits and pieces to buy. I could have bought a lot but in the end I bought 1 book!
I would definitely recommend this FREE exhibition as you will certainly learn a lot!
They also have a great little cafe that gets very busy. I wanted to eat in the restaurant upstairs (it looks nice) but I was too early for dinner (starts at 6pm) and I didn’t fancy afternoon tea.
Here we are in February. Are you feeling a little deflated because you didn’t achieve enough in January or your resolutions were not so resolute?
I think it’s time to get out and get inspired. Whether you love art and fashion, whether you’ve never been to an exhibit before or you’re an avid member; there is a lot to see. I’ve selected some great art and fashion exhibitions it will be worth seeing in February and some food ideas too (because seeing exhibitions makes me hungry!).
If you’re in NYC go to The Brooklyn Museum for the Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015). Why not make a day of it and have brunch, see some other sites and then have a delicious dinner (a great day out on Sat 14th Feb!). I fancy trying Piquant for brunch and then take a 20 minute stroll to the Brooklyn Museum.
You could then pay a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Prospect Park Zoo. Once you have built up an appetite I would then take a walk back up through the park to Franny’s. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner of seasonal Italian food in Franny’s no frills paired back space.
If you fancy going to the Rubens and Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne at the Royal Academy (24th January – 10th April 2015) you will need to buy a ticket. Once I’ve been to see an exhibition at the Royal Academy I like to head out onto Piccadilly. Depending on what I fancy I’ll either go to Waterstones (On Piccadilly) where they have an excellent cafe on the top floor,
for an afternoon tea I like Fortnum and Masons or for a high end dinner with friends I’ll book a table at a Hotel Cafe Royal.
If you want to take the kids to a free exhibition try the Grayson Perry: Who are you? at the National Portrait Gallery (25th October 2014-15th March 2015). You search out the Grayson Perry pieces that are dotted around and look at the other great portraits in between. I like the sound of the National Portrait ‘Portrait’ restaurant on the third floor. But if you are looking for something a little bit more low key with the kids I’d take a walk over to the Jamies Italian at Piccadilly Circus.
I am excited about 2015. As well as the usual hopes and promises a new year brings.
For me there are personal and business events happening in 2015 to get excited about, as well as a fantastic roster of art exhibitions!!
I’m so excited that for once there are exhibitions of my favorite artists and photographers! For now I have chosen 3 exhibitions to wet your arty whistle!
2015 begins with an exhibition by Marlene Dumas. Her work is strange and beautiful, modern and classic. I first encountered it in New York at the MoMa museum. I had paid the main museum entry fee and made my way around the museum eventually making my way to the very top floor. Here on the top floor of the MoMa I gazed at the special exhibition of Marlene Dumas wonderful work, a refreshing sight.
From the 24th June – 25th October 2015 at the Tate Britain there is the first major exhibition in London for almost 50 years of the work by Barbara Hepworth. According to the Tate Britain website her ‘prominence’ is ‘often overlooked’ ‘in the international art world’. I find that to be crazy! I love Hepworth’s work, especially her sculptures. Her work had a massive impact on the world and she had huge success during the 1930s and then again in the 50s and 60s.
If you are ever in Cornwall, go to St Ives as her lovely home, garden and art studio is well worth a visit. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and this book, The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, is on my wish list because the sculpture garden was my favorite part.
To see her work and learn more about Barbara Hepworth head to this major retrospective in London next summer.
Finally, in 2015 the Tate Modern has an exhibition of Alexander Calder’s work. The grace and elegant balance that Alexander Calder plays with in his work is beautiful to see. In my eyes his work is so contemporary, it would easily fit into any modern minimalist home.
It’s nice to do things with friends and family at this time of year. You may not have time for any big event or get away i.e. like me your diary is soooooo full up till Christmas. If you can squeeze an extra special trip around Christmas time it’s well worth the effort. We are coming closer and closer to Christmas now but sometimes the last minute plans are the best! Personally, I think I’m going to arrange stuff for the days after Christmas.
Make a day of it in London. I love having a wander around London and looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations. Go to some of the big stores to see their festive window displays. Head to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – free entry. Open from 10am to 10pm (from 21st November 2014 – 4th January 2014).
I always fancy heading to a Christmasy market abroad. But how about doing something different and heading to Paris for a Christmas outing?
Go ice skating at the Grand Palais des Glaces, see the lights at the Champs-Elysees and the Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette (with of course a bit of shopping!).
For a long weekend away, you can’t beat New York New York, especially at Christmas time. I love the hussle and bussle on the streets in NYC and they really know how to make it feel Christmasy. Go shopping and meet Santa on the 8th floor at Macys Santaland. The Mommy Poppins gives a great breakdown of the what’s, where’s, when and who’s of Santaland (buy tickets in advance).
See the Christmas tree and go ice skating and then do a bit more shopping at the Rockefeller Centre!
Ribbon – You could go a different route and use some fabric fancy ribbons, strips of paper, knitting yarn, lace, felt strips, string or tinsel.
Paper – Select something other that is not normally used for wrapping such as music paper, white or brown paper, magazines or even fabric!
Labels – Instead of just opting for labels from the shops that match the paper why don’t you make something a bit different. Stick on buttons, cut up old Christmas cards, make some from clay or use blackboard paint. The label world is as wide as your label imagination!
Decoration and extras – Instead of the normal bows why don’t you attach some bells, sweets, buttons, pine cones, a paper snowflake or a pom pom!