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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Just caught the Isabella Blow show at Somerset House which at the same time had lots of fashion types milling around for London Fashion Week. It was a major fashion exhibition celebrating her life and wardrobe.

The exhibition showcased over a hundred pieces by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy.

It was one of the best fashion exhibitions I have seen a real treat to get up close to these garments and head wear. Her contribution to the fashion world is clear throughout and she was driven by her love of creativity and the need to surround herself in beauty to champion new designers. She pushed designers such as McQueen to the forefront of British Fashion and then of course he took on the world.

She was lucky enough to own a vast collection of stunning head wear and clothes which was left to a friend when she sadly took her own life.

Blow was a true individual and without a doubt a major part of the British fashion industry in which she must be missed.

Visit the exhibition at Somerset House

Monday, 3 February 2014

Frankie's Hen Party

Fourteen ladies had a wonderful afternoon making headpieces and fascinators before heading for cocktails. Sewers of all experiences enjoyed a chance to use their imagination and creativity to make some wonderful fascinators, headpieces and pill boxes whist enjoying home-made cakes, tea and other bubbly drinks.

I really enjoyed my afternoon working with you all.

If you'd like to organise a millinery hen party in the Cambridge area, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Sunday, 23 June 2013

'The Only Way is Essex' girls attend Newmarket races

This weekend I was surprised to receive a phone call from the production team behind the ITV 2 TV programme 'The Only Way is Essex' (also known as TOWIE to its fans). The director was filming a scene in a local Newmarket women's clothes store, The Dressing Room, and asked to feature some of my headpieces. Look out for TOWIE regulars Billie and Lucy trying on some of my hat designs in Wednesday's episode (26 June 2013). Below are a few snaps taken from the day.



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

New designs

Here are some of my new designs which are being sold in Rosie's Vintage, Kings Street, Cambridge

White daisy chain sun hat embroidered with appliqued white flowers.

Beautiful powder blue headpiece with navy blue crin and studded decorated quill.

Black velvet button hat with embroidered bird.

Cream velvet pillbox with grey veiling and pale pink swarovski pearls.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Barocci 'Brilliance and Grace' at the National Gallery

Last Monday I went to see Barocci 'Brilliance and Grace' at the National Gallery. I must admit that I had never heard of this painter before but the colours in the adverts for this show drew me in.

He was a sixteenth-century Italian artist much influenced by Raphael. He was a religious man and his work depicted this. He painted many gospel stories, his beautiful colour pallet giving them a warm appeal.

He and most of his work stayed in his home region of the Marches, Italy, on the altars for which they were made, so he did not get the recognition or the money he deserved. I was fascinated by his rich use of colour and I loved the way he painted light; it really takes you to a different place.

I have never really taken much notice of religious altar paintings but you cannot ignore the beauty in this man's work. It was a perfect Easter treat and if you appreciate brilliant drawings of which there are also many on show, and a love of colour, then see this show.


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Light Show - Hayward Gallery - 30th January to 28th April 2013

During the half term I took a trip to see the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery with my 3 children. I thought this would be a show that would interest them and we weren't disappointed. The Light Show had 25 completely different light artworks and most of them could be interacted with. All used artificial light and invited us to experience and explore our responses to the work.

The show opened with Leo Villareal's 'Cylinder II'. It is a ring of beautiful LED lights which hand from rods. The intensity and speed of the light changes form a ring of falling water. Anthony McCall's 'You and I, Horizontal' is a 'solid light' installation. My children loved this as they walked through the endless beams of light a bit like the light you see beeming down from a cinema. They were totally fascinated at the effect the light had on their bodies, shining through them. Conrad Shawcross's 'Slow Arc inside a Cube IV' plays on moving light and shadows and his simple sculpture will make you feel very dizzy. I left this room quite quickly!

I couldn't decide if Jenny Holzer's 'Spinning 35,000 words' sculpture or Olafur Eliasson's 'Model for a Timeless Garden, 2011' was my favourite. Two completely different works but both mesmerising. Eliasson used strobe lights to illuminate flowing streams of water which appeared to look like dancing ghosts.

Monday, 7 January 2013

The Fairy Tale Collection by Karen Lewis

My latest range of head pieces based on well-known fairy tales such as Cinderella and The Princess and the Pea are on show at the Cambridge Arts Salon until 17th January 2013. Why not stop by and take a look.