Monday, 7 December 2009

Nearly 21

My mother came to visit me in London and to go an pick up my 21st birthday present that's been eight years in the making. I've been wanting a Viv Westwood bag for about 8 years now, since i started to get interested in fashion. i'd seen my favourite one from her recent collection, we'd rung all the shops to make sure it would be avaliable an we were told they were selling out fast soooo we went to get it a week before my actual birthday! My aunt came to an when were in there asked if i would like a purse as well, i wasn't about to turn down that offer!
Then my mother told me she wanted to go into some posh homewear shops on Kings Road (she works in display). I’ve never been there because it’s much too expensive an area for me really. We were hurrying, an i couldn’t figure out why when i thought we had the rest of the day, It turned out my amazing mum had prebooked a champagne high tea at this place called the Botanist on Sloane Square. Being nearly 21 feels pretty dam good right now.

Holborn's dead animals

wow my blog is so neglected. Here's some work done in the Huntarian Museum (an amazing place full of animals in jars, skeletons and medical strangeness-it's one of my favourite places in the world)

a woodpecker head and a skimmer's head


some sort of frogmouth


a sparrow with it's testicles revealed to show how large they get during the mating season


a mouse with its skin peeled back to show its nipples (i know i couldn't see them either) and a calf born with such extreme curvature to its spine that its head is inside its stomach.


and my favourite-a baby pangolin (spiny anteater)
also had to draw something else to do with Holborn so i chose here



i believe this place is a japanese tailoring and shoe shop now. It's always bloody closed.

Friday, 18 September 2009

hel-looks

Heta (23) "I always wear ugly cardigans like this. I like pleated skirts, too, and clothes that the Moomin character Mymble would wear. Pipe smoking women inspire me" i kind of wish i was her.....i love girls like this more than anything...

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Recent purchases

i'm putting off doing the new project for uni by posting. Today i went to the Ampthill Antiques Emporium. It's amazing, I normally go in before we do the food shopping and i always forget my purse, today i speant about 2 hours trying on clothes and milling around. I decided to make an attempt to save money though as i have two train trips ahead of me. From the Emporium i bought this little plasticky 70s case, an old boater hat (i was fairly adament that i would be getting a real boater an not a topshop one), the jar is apparently victorian, the pharmacy jar is victorian an from the pharmacy within the shop, they don't sell the nice ones just the skanky looking ones but i'm okay with that. I almost bought this one full of crystals but the cork was moudly, an the little blue edwardian cobalt bottles (sooo cheap!) . The belt and the tassle brogues are just from Asos. I also bought some harem trousers but they are too big :(
second floor, where i got most of my things.
the original pharmacy-nothing is for sale OH HOW I TRIED
the outside-the bottom sign is a sign for a pizza place called "Flying Pizza" i swear that was in Back to the Future or something.

new flat

this is kind of a test, i have a love hate relationship with blogspot an posting pictures. My text will be all straight an normal on the preview an then will come out higgeldy piggeldy in the main post, an no amount of editing seems to fix it. So here's some pictures of my new flat (note the amazing retro red chairs in our little lounge) i haven't moved in yet, but the plan is to have it pretty twee looking when it's done with lotsa old glass an my shoes on display.

Monday, 3 August 2009

travel journal

these are my favourite pages from the travel journal i made on my travels around Singapore and Mallorca this month.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

finally finished the neighbourhood watch project

So i got the project about the houses around my village done, i also included people i saw around the buildings. Some i did from life an some i asked to photograph an then worked from the photos. I decided to post my favourites! Also we are supposed to illustrate the packaging in which we send things an this is the back of the envelope i sent the piece in. It's supposed to be me but the way i had the glasses made my nose look a whole lot longer than it really is haha!
this house was intriguing. We were showing my step-grandmother a house at the bottom of the heath an this house was opposite the little complex. It's very old an incredibly overgrown, it has white gates, balcony bannisters an window frames an they are all crumbling. The estate agent, a friend's dad, told me he's been inside an everything inside is all the same period features however the man has stuffed some rooms so full of newspapers you can't get inside. I'm desperate to see the man who lives there.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

embroidery love

yay so i got really into this whole sewing thing. It's pretty obvious to everyone that i miss the boyfriend(he's travelling throughout summer) sooo i decided to embrace it instead of bottling it up. I wanna do more but these two will be for the uni project.
an i finally finished my portrait of my grandmother, i was trying to take pictures of it hanging up as it's big but they aren't coming out very well, the fabric is quite thin (it's an old pillow case) sooo this is a scan. I'm going to put "in loving memory" in script sewn on the bottom somewhere. It was very very hard but i definately want to do more sewn illustration.

Friday, 19 June 2009

little photo dump

hmm this image is supposed to be big oh well...it's about sex dreams , my illustrations are talking to eachother. Also it's been years since i considered fashion illustration but i'm liking it again. soo i finally buckled an bought samplers. Since then my nan's portrait has come on alot more, soo much easier than the rickety home made thing i was using. Annoyingly i went to craft world an bought loadsa crossstitch material an there's a second hand craft sale in my village tomorrow...still gunna go!
the houses are also coming along nicely.I moved on the buildings we forget about in this little blob of country village, this is the old mansion that's being rebuilt in nasty red brick
this is my favourite so far. the abandoned barn in the woods.
in my previous little blog i was talkin about the fash blogger i drew-this is one of the two i did of tavi.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

dam bloggers and their blogging

wow ok so i do have shiz to post but right now a short thing. So susie over on my favourite fash blog http://stylebubble.typepad.com just made this post about how it's vaguely creepy that people make fanart...an i just drew two pictures of the girl who owns my other favourite fash blog - http://tavi-thenewgirlintown.blogspot.com/ an i was nervous enough about actually showing her. Tavi's alot younger than me but i think that makes her even cooler an thus just a tad intimidating...i'm not a creepy stalker i'm just enthusiastic :S also holy crap man i wanna make zines but i need some help....i need better paper but i don't think my printer will take thicker paper-..an i was hoping to make a zine of observational summery drawings for uni and another of skinny boys (i seem to draw alot) an try an sell it via my tumblr and flickr...but i need some advice!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

whatcha doin

ok so wow this needs updating. An i actually have stuff to update with that isn't just sketchbook puke. (if you have any interest in my sketchbook shiz it's all on my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/23501549@N05/ ) also

yeah wow blurry...these shorts are my second skin this summer. LOL summer as if...so when the sun has been out i've been drawing the houses on my road

however i'm kinda bored of them now, i'm gunna draw a few more on my road an then move on the more interesting buildings around my village. My favourite is this totally overgrown house with a balcony where a senile old man lives and never leaves. An estate agent friend told me everything's all victorian an totally untouched inside but some rooms you can't get into because the man who lives there has just stuffed them full of newspapers. I'm going to have to photograph it as there's nowhere to sit to sketch it (unless i sit in the sheltered housings's garden opposite) an i'll put the photos of it up when i have them(aka when it stops raining)
Apart from avoiding the rain i've been working on this sewn portrait in memory of my nan who died recently. It's time consuming but i like how it's coming along. When i've finished and ironed it i'll post more pictures.
I really like how the eyes look at the minute .
In other news i'm kinda obsessed james jean (http://www.jamesjean.com/) coincidentally my friend Polina over on her blog (http://polinaff.blogspot.com/) has just made a post showing some of his work and i felt like posting some of my favourites.
He has these amazing creepy pictures
But it's his sketchbooks i'm in love with, can't wait for july when i'll be out and about more an have more stuff to look at and sketch.