Sunday, 19 April 2015

Design Museum - Women, Fashion, Power exhibition


Hand-beaded flapper dress - 1920's
Hand-beading detail - 1920's
Beach jacket - 1930's
If you fancy admiring some awesome clothes from a vast array of women from different time periods then you have until next weekend to enjoy the Design Museum exhibition Women, Fashion, Power.

You can't believe Victorian ladies could breath in the extremely tiny-waisted corest, drool over the fantastic prints of the 1960's and wonder how Skin from Skunk Anansie wore the crazy outfits in the '90's.
Vivienne Westwood - Vive La Cocotte A/W 1995
Costumes from Dynasty - 1980's
Costumes from Dynasty - 1980's
Skin stage costume - 1990's
Curved steel bone corset for 22" waist - 1895
1910 suffragette costume for Carey Mulligan for the 2015 Suffragette film 
Suffragette blouse - 1910

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tatty D Parakeet workshop

Last weekend I attended a fun 90 minute workshop at Tatty Devine at Brick Lane. This was the third make-your-own jewellery event I have enjoyed at the Brick Lane shop (bunting necklaces blogged about here).

Onto the workshop; you get a pack of laser-cut acrylic pieces for the style of necklace of that session. About ten other keen Tatty D enthusiasts we all set for parakeet necklaces with a tropical colour way (exclusive to the make-your-own-workshop session).

Here is the necklace in progress - I'm getting quite good at manipulating those jump rings now!

The first step is to lay out the acrylic pieces in order on the handy printed out A4 sheet. 
Get handy with the pliers and attach the jump rings. The final step of construction is to add the chain - the most fiddly bit! 
The final reveal after the protective paper has been removed and all pieces have been carefully cleaned with white spirit!

Exhibition at Tate Modern

Hey, on Monday I exhibited my art work at Tate Modern (OK, so it was in the Cloires Studio) alongside about 25 other artists who took part in the Painting, Print and Memory course inspired by the work of Marlene Dumas.

At the start of the evening we were asked to submit three of our favourite pieces we had created during the five week course. During an extra visit of Dumas' Image as Burden the lovely ladies who ran the workshop selected two pieces (from the three) from every person and curated a rather informal exhibition in the Cloires Studio.

This is what made the cut:

My favourite Vivienne Westwood mixed media piece and a monotype print of a young girl (it's actually based on a childhood photo of a lovely lady on the art course).