Sunday, 29 April 2012

Working Pages . . .

   Hello, Sally here yet again. This weeks post is a tad short as I am very sleep deprived at this moment in time. This time im sharing with you a few pages from my book that Gayle wanted me to share with you. They are basically pages of the notes I recoreded at one to ones and at the crits, which I have annotated and displayed with pictures to help my ideas develop from week to week. So hope you like them! ALSO I have recently put together an AW12 catwalk report from the notes I took at the LCF AW12 talk I attended recently. So keep checking my blog as I will be posting VERY soon.

Saturday, 28 April 2012


Yeah I'm genuinely excited about a 5 hour trip to London with my Mum. I had such a nice time! We first went to Peter Jones (another John Lewis brand) OH MY GOD it's amazing in there, I want like everything but there's like 18p in my bank account so that's not gonna happen!! But we got some patterns to cut from for some of my garments... 

I was expecting there to be rows and rows of millions of fabrics to choose from, with every color of the rainbow and any material under the sun.... But no. It was shit. And ugly. So my Mum was like 'oh lets go to Berwick Street, where I got the materials for my wedding dress!' (Georgia - if you want her to answer some questions you have she says she'd be happy to do so!) & anyway, so we paid, and got back onto the tube - which I'm actually getting pretty good at now, getting to know my London a lot better! So we got to Oxford Circus and walked in the same direction that you go to get to Lucy in Disguise (I have made that trip soooo many times!) and finally got to Berwick street. 

So this is practically HEAVEN if you're okay with spending a fair bit on your material, depending on what you're making. I'm very thankful I had my Mum and her card today haha! But I got some amazing stuff. Really beautiful, fine quality materials which are going to look amazing. I managed to get the right colours for my designs and a good amount for each, so as long as it all goes well this is going to look great!

Pretty amazingly beautiful shop right here. So pretty! Amazing materials and lovely staff. I'll show you the materials now... I'd show you the designs but I have to perfect them first, which will be done tomorrow (when I have a new sketchbook!!) 

Maddie's outfit (one of my gorgeous models) is going to be a corset and a pencil skirt. This was designed in the theme of locking away the body. As a corset and a pencil skirt hug the body and hold it in, it does quite help to visualise the message I'm trying to represent. I wanted quite interesting colours. As dark and mysterious as all black would be, I don't want it to look borderline dominatrix LOL I want there to be diversity. I liked the idea of having black lace over a more plain fabric for the corset, sort of like how it's locking away an element to the design. Also the pattern of the lace reminded me of the really amazing gates and patterns I photographed in the V&A on my last trip to London (man I love this city!) I found a really pretty lace that was quite metallic as well, which could easily represent the shine texture you get from the metals of keys and locks. The skirt I chose to be a deep magenta colour, because in my profile for Maddie, she wrote that this colour goes well with her complexion. I'm planning on screen printing upright keys around the hem, maybe a vintage style key to link with the pattern of the lace? This would probably be done in the same sort of colour (opaque of course) as the base material of my corset.


This is for the outfit I'm designing and modelling myself (lol that sounds so vain). I'm making black short shorts (don't worry, I found a good pattern to work from because it's all quite difficult apparently). This is going to be matched with a jacket (again, I found a good pattern to work from) with the cream material and my plan is to screen print instructions on how to get in and out of the garment. I want to maybe have some prints on the shorts as well, of both keys and locks, I need to design something to go on them.


Ooh this is so gorgeous, I haven't even made it yet and I already love it because of the vivid color! This is Sally's garment. It's going to be a maxi dress with a slit up the side of the leg, so it's like she can escape the garment. I'm going to screen print onto it some really nice patterns, which I'm thinking will come from the photos I took at the V&A, as they would make quite expressive prints, as this piece is meant to really represent freedom, and how keys can unlock something to liberate it. I want the pattern to be quite like this... Maybe around the waist, and then have a line of something similar going up the right side of the slit. 


So that's where I've got to on the making front, but I'm so excited to get making! Really enthusiastic which is more like ME, not how I've previously felt about projects, but I've admittedly let myself go a little bit. But I'm feeling much more like myself now, which is so refreshing aha! 

Hope all of your projects are going well! OH and by the way, Holly, I was in the cutest little fabric shop and they had these interesting wooden shoe things which I think they use to actually make them? I don't even know, but I took a photo for you!

This was the rest of the shop which was so cute, British, vintage, amazing, another great find on Berwick Street (my new heaven)

& The others photos I had...

Much love! Flo xxxx

Friday, 27 April 2012

for lauren!

Hiya I was just internet browsing and found this link that might be useful for your felted birds research lauren! ...    Lizzie x

From Gayle....To Ivan :)

To Ivan

Lots of love


P.S - this is what our child will be like

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

I am the next Nigella Lawson

So spent the last two days making lollipops  and cakes , to try and get some good photogrpahy and also test things out for my final show .

who knew it was soo hard to make simple lollipops, but that is what i have found out from the last few days as my first batch turned out a disaster ,and the rock candy , dont even ask !!!

apart from that i made some pink chocolate heart lolli pops which i think came out well , so hopefully will get some good images tommorow , also made cake pops which were a challenge to say the least so have definately ruled out those for my final show but will still photograpgh those and also made some rice crispies marshmallow square things which are delicious may i say , so will bring the last one in to photograph if it is still there by the morning :D

Also i have started creating my sweet jars , trying to get the right sweets so i can get lots of intersiting colours and also bought all my stuff so that nearer the show i can create my marshmallow sweet tree which will hopefully look like this >>>>

 <<< nice and broken


a lil peek..

sorry i haven't blogged in ages! have been having a lot of trouble with the internet. but here a quick catch up of whats been going on. ive started to design my garment, shoes and veil i have also started to make the patterns and toil of my dress this unfortunately hasn't been going very well at all! its so complicated i just hope it doesn't take much longer i just want to get started now.
here are my designs..

Georgia x

Have a nosey at what I've been up to!

Right so for the last week or so I have been onto designing my SIX print/patterns to use for my silk scarves. I have been basing these on six girls that I gathered info on etc....and so the  prints are kind of based around their interests/personalites/likes! 

I have done 5 so far (not all are silk screen printing for once) So here they are, some rough tryouts and idea for my scarves..... 

Holly's final scarf idea: 

Jazzy's final idea (which i will not be silk screening) :

Flo's print idea:

Ellie's final print design:

And Lauren's...(which I am still not sure about) :

I might just do a really big bold bird print for Lauren as it'd be much different to the other scarves that way...

Hannah T

No relevance - just mind-blowing talent...

Was sent a link to this earlier in the week and just couldn't not upload this here.

Sam x

Monday, 23 April 2012



Today I did more work on my wooden carved more pictures yet but I will post them soon :)

I have been looking at different shoe designers for inspiration, the main one being United Nude...They have a cool range of shoes including some very structural and unusual heels...

Not 100% decided on how I want my heels to look, so watch this space .... :)

From Holly xxxx


Errr, dunno where that video came from...? But hey its spacey! So yeah Nero - Departure is MINE! Ha! xxxxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Undercover in Selfridges . . .

Hellooooo, its Sally here once again! So at the beginning of my fmp project, Gayle recommended that I go up to London and take a look at some pieces that I would be planning on looking at within my project. So off to Selfridges I went, and I only have to pull my phone out before the guy in the Chanel department tells me off for taking photos! Damn! So it was time to be sneaky. Time for a top secret mission that involved concealing my phone camera in my cardigan. Mwhahahaha!!! So I did get some photos to make notes with - however they are quite blurred as my phones camera isn't exactly first class! So bellow are some of the photos I took next to the catwalk images of the designers pieces. BTW BELLOW THERE IS AN ERROR IN MY PAINT COLLAGE - ITS MEANT TO SAY MARY KATRANTZOU!!!! I do know how to spell her name really!!!

   I must admit it was a great idea to go. I was able to recognise the great quality of the designer garments. For example the Katrantzou pieces where lined with the beautiful prints seen outside of dresses, making them both easier to retain their shape and adding an aesthetical finish to them. Another piece that impressed me was an Erdem cardigan, which was made from such good quality wool, with chiffon floral front panels, that fitted perfectly with the SS12 trend of both pastels (due to its pastel yellow colouring) and 50's American ladylike trend. Anyway hope you enjoy my sneaky photos!!! For more fashion photos, trends and news please visit

Sally Louise Paine

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Started my shoes :)

They look very blocky and basic, but i've only done the curved sole bit and they need a lot of chiseling and sanding etc...

More pics on my blog

From Holly xxx

Friday, 20 April 2012


So, it has been a busy week and I can't say I have a weekend to relax as it will be work work work :(  This is a moany post btw!

Here is what I have been up to...

Grrrr I did this ink and stick alien and my paper just HAD to stick to it :(

Melting fabric


A design for the shoes I want to carve out of wood...

From Holly xxx

P.S. I am addicted to this song and the video might be useful for Jazzy as she was thinking of doing an under water photo shoot...