Thursday, 16 October 2014

Soane Museum Gothick Party - Waiting Staff Costumes

I realised I never got round to posting some photos of our final creations for the Sir John Soane's Museum fundraising party that took place last November. I shared my designs in a previous post, as we were slaving away making a thousand paper and foil leaves, so almost a year later (better late than never!!) here are some pictures of the waiting staff on the night.

The process was a competition for a makeup and a costume design. Stephanie Kemp's make up and hair design was chosen, while my leaf design was the winner for costume. The brief was to create something that could be added to the waiting staff uniforms to give them the macabre and gothic edge that characterises the Soane Museum and the amazing themed party that was to take place.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Knitting and Stitching Show

It's been a while since I last posted. A long while. But, I'm not making myself feel guilty - I have plenty of reasons why... I was on holiday (which I deserved after a big year at uni!!) and then I was working, and then I moved house, and then I was working again, and then I started back at uni, as if the last three months off never happened!

Image from @twistedthread on Instagram
As a little gift from the costume maker I have been working for this summer, Anna Maria Genuise, I got a ticket to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally. Anna makes fabulously beautiful tutus and wonderful costumes for opera, ballet and film - I will share some of what I have been doing with her in another post.

The Knitting and Stitching Show is a huge exhibition of textile arts and knitting and sewing supplies; a great place to find inspiration and materials for all kinds of projects. Personally, although I know how to, I don't knit, so I was mainly into the sewing side. There were plenty of beautiful designer fabrics to buy, haberdashery items, ribbons galore and much much more!

When I saw this beautiful fabric print by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics, entitled Far Far Away, I simply could not resist...

Images from Windham Fabrics
I also bought a bit of Liberty fabric and some cute floral buttons to make myself a pincushion. It's about time I had a nice one! A few different ribbons, and most importantly... I came home with plenty of inspiration :D

The Knitting and Stitching Show is on at Alexandra Palace, London until Sunday. More information here - website