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You will find me in the library

fashion art and sewing books in the studio

Kerry takes you for a snoop of her book shelves!

If you are interested in any of the books, artists or designers I featured in my little video clip then I’ve popped some links below so you can find out a bit more.

If you are in Essex or nearby and you want to visit my studio to see the books then you would be most welcome. Please contact me via my business website to book an appointment.

I know the books could be quite useful to a fashion or art student or someone learning to sew. I can send you a full list of books to select from. We have a colour photocopier in the studio and we charge 10p per copy (just to cover the ink and paper costs).

Books, artists and designers featured in the video:

Marlene Dumas

Book: Measuring The Grave

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I went to see her exhibition ‘Measuring Your Own Grave’ at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Book:

Want to see the exhibition in New York? – get some info here

Alexander McQueen

Website

Book: Savage Beauty

I went to see this exhibition at the Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)Want to see it in London – get some info here

Charles James

At the MET Museum where I saw this exhibition

Book: Beyond Fashion

Guy Bourdin

This is about an exhibition of his work I saw at the V & A

Book: Exhibit A

Ellen Von Unwerth

Book: Wicked – but there are other books with her work

A bit of info on Wikipedia!

John Galliano

A bit of info and updated news on the designer

Book

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Friday Fashion is pink and fluffy

Outfit with pink fluffy cropped top and jeans

Talking through the outfit choice of the day!

Friday’s are not normally specifically casual or dress down for me in the studio. The clothing I choose for the day is usually dependent on the activities of the day. Friday arrived and I was going to be mainly sewing so I decided to go for a casual look with my new pink fluffy cropped top!

Casual dress-down Friday outfit  jumper jeans


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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


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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!!


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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.


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The Studio Diary

At the moment in the studio we are working on a lot of new products. New fabric has been ordered which is very exciting. We made the decision not to go to Premiere Vision this year as we found what we needed in the London Textile Fair. This was the first time I had visited the London Textile Fair and I enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere and the lack of walls around each company.

When you go to Premiere Vision unless you know the companies it can be tricky to determine if they are the right company for you (even after doing preparation with the descriptions/website beforehand). Until you venture into the enclosed areas, you just don’t know and then it can be a bit uncomfortable when you realise it’s not the right fabrics!!

Not going to Premiere Vision has also saved a bit of money on Paris, although I am going to Paris for a social visit next week! I am looking forward to this and we have been creating a huge list of things we want to do in the four days we are there! I think it will need to be narrowed down a bit.

Back to the studio. So whilst we wait on the new fabric we are making sure all the patterns are ready and toiled. Then we will be working on some limited edition and show pieces!

There has been some talk that the studio will be moving, but not far. It will provide a lot more space and be easier to organise! At the moment the shelves are under the cutting desk, which is a little awkward when you’re scrabbling around on your knees trying to get a specific book!

There is the possibility that another Pop Up Shop will come about soon in central London. We shall see!

Watch this space for more developments.

How to achieve ‘smart casual’

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Yesterday it was such a beautiful sunny day (not like the torrential downpour today!). I decided to wear my ivory blouse and beige skirt. It’s what I would term, a ‘smart casual’ look. Because the top is silk crepe de chine it has a smart feel but the skirt is a more of a casual light cotton drill it makes the look smart casual. I could easily make my look more dressy with the right choices in jewellery, bag and shoes.

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Have you ever had ‘smart casual’ specified on an invitation or you were going somewhere you think is going to be ‘smart casual’? Most people find that this is a really tricky description for outfit building and styling a look. It is a rather vague description but I think the best way to achieve a ‘smart casual’ look is to first choose a smart piece of clothing.

Your smart piece could be an evening wear top, an evening type dress or a gorgeous pair of silky evening trousers; whatever to you says special occasion or event!

Next choose something the goes with it in terms of colour, fabric or shape but is casual in nature!

For instance people often do a dark denim jean with a smart fancy top for an evening smart casual event.

For a day time ‘smart casual’, you can take a lovely dress and add casual shoes like flat pumps, cowboy boots or a casual slouchy boot.

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Jimmy Choo Youth leather biker boots
To transform a smart work look i.e. pencil skirt, suit jacket, shirt and heels into something more casual you could add a slouchy scarf. Try removing the jacket and replacing it with a cardigan or go further and replace the shirt and jacket with a relaxed but luxurious jumper.

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Maje Documentaire chunky-knit wool-blend cardigan

Duffy Draped cashmere cardigan

Gorgeous jumper - love alpaca fibre!  MiH Jeans Waffle-knit wool and alpaca-blend sweater
It’s all about mixing and opposites: Add the ruff with the smooth or the plain with the decorated!

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