Hand & Lock Window Display

Those walking past Hand & Lock's Atelier this week have been lucky enough to see me sitting in the window. Not as a new art installation piece but to create an illustration drawn directly onto the glass  for Hand & Lock's first capsule collection.  After receiving a commendation for my entry and baboon illustration. Hand & Lock offered me the challenge of decorating their 2.25m x 1.75m window using chalk pens.

The illustration is based on the brief of their capsule collection,  inspired by human and animal hierarchies and the endless power struggles featuring riot imagery like guns and grenades  with wildlife motifs.

I completed the window in 2 days, admittedly not so gracefully at times but getting encouraging thumbs up from van drivers every so often meant that I knew I was doing a great job...


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More pictures to follow, once the collection is put in the window. If you're in the Oxford St area over the next few weeks, have a look.


Maison et Objet, Paris 2014

I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit Maison et Objet trade show in Paris today, as part of my internship.

Featuring eight halls full of  textiles, homewares, ceramics, gifts,interiors etc . The scale of the place and stands is impressive and sometimes overwhelming. 

But here are a few photos of products and installations that stood out to me: 

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This installation by Nendo was part of the trend section focusing around the theme of Words. 

Nendo explores the multiple words for rain in Japanese and captures the varying stages of rain from sleet to drizzle in beautiful and elegant glass vessels.  

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Here are a collection of colourful and fun lanterns and lamps from the 'Ethnic chic' Hall. 

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Cactus on the bright yellow Monocle coffee stand. 

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These beautiful La lampe gras made by DCW. Objects create an incredible and dynamic environment. The pipe like forms seem to grow from the ceiling like vines and create an almost 50's office vibe. 

Anyway, enough for today.

Bonne nuit

London- visual diary

I've been a busy bee for the past few weeks, so I thought I'd gather a few images that sum up my time back in London. The more urban imagery offers a contrast between my last post of the Northumbrian coastline. 

 

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Wine, Angel Comedy Club 

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Adore, Shoreditch 

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Windows, King William st

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The Shard, London Bridge 

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Graffiti, Bethnal Green

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Steps, Bedford Pl

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Eramurus Lilies, ME hotel

Trooping the Colour, Charing Cross

Trooping the Colour, Charing Cross

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Corner, Shoreditch 

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Green bricks, Shoreditch 

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Window art, Shoreditch High St

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Window reflection, Lambs Conduit st

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Pillars, British Museum 

I have also been doing a few more illustrations and prints so keep an eye out.

 

Northumbrian coastline

One of the positive aspects of being an intern means that you can have time off at short notice. So I decided to venture back home to Northumberland for just over a week, enduring a 15 hour coach trip. 

The weather took a drastic turn from summer sun to almost winter-like conditions. It did mean rain and wind but it was going to stop me visiting some of the country's best beaches.

The time of year means that the plants and foliage are incredibly vibrant and contrast amazingly with the dull and grey weather which resulted in some lovely photos.

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Time to go back to London and a completely different landscape. 

Embroidery and Illustration

 

I love embroidery and I love drawing. So I've combined the two, to create an illustration featuring embroidery I saw whilst interning at Hand & Lock and embroidery from Clover Canyon's A/W 14 RTW collection. 

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Clover Canyon A/W 2014 RTW collection

Clover Canyon A/W 2014 RTW collection

 

I Really loved the use of chunky silk shaded embroidery on net;  perfectly balancing delicate materials with  bright and bold prints.

Pen and ink detail of Clover Canyon A/! 14

Pen and ink detail of Clover Canyon A/! 14

At Hand and Lock I was very fortunate to be in very close contact with some incredible embroidery samples, some of which take hours to complete.  Which you can see an example of, in this time lapse video of the creation of Gold Work embroidery for Mary Katrantzou. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzXuY6Y6COE

Embroidery is very diverse, you can create some incredible pieces from it, I'd recommend trying a course  by Mastered https://www.mastered.com/schools/3.  Where you can try Tambour beading, Goldwork,Creative embroidery and learn about the business of embroidery. 

Detail of padded satin stitch, Gold work and beaded cutwork from The Hand & Lock's archive.

Detail of padded satin stitch, Gold work and beaded cutwork from The Hand & Lock's archive.

Pen and ink illustration using gold work, cutwork and satin stitch embroidery as pattern and detail.

Pen and ink illustration using gold work, cutwork and satin stitch embroidery as pattern and detail.

Go and get your embroidery on!

 

London Fashion Week A/W 2014, Mary Katrantzou illustration

Mary Katrantzou  A/W 2014  Detailing of gold work embroidery, embroidered by the talented team at Hand & Lock

Mary Katrantzou  A/W 2014

Detailing of gold work embroidery, embroidered by the talented team at Hand & Lock

Whilst I was interning at Hand & Lock, I was lucky enough to see the company work with some amazing designers.  One of them being Mary Katrantzou. 

The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is based around the idea of symbolism and features intricate laces, appliques and embroideries. Each piece is incredibly detailed and I was lucky enough to be part of the sampling process for some of the embroideries. 
 

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A/W 2014 Mary Katrantzou

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The collection is so beautiful and I wanted show the details through illustration.

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