Botanics Field Trip

Last weekend i decided to take a little study trip to The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to gather up some source imagery of all things mossy for my project based around Mossycoat.

I mostly took photographs at source, so i thought i’d whip up this little blog post to show off my mossy photos:

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And i was naturally rather distracted away from my mossy explorations every now and then by the other beautiful things growing around the Botanics…. so, here are a few pictures of those wonders as well!

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This is my favourite room in the Botanics, it’s stunning. The giant lily-pads are like a dream and i so want to step on over them!

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And now off to draw….

…see you on the other side!

Chloe out.

Design Enterprise Report

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Design Enterprise Report sounds a combination of dull, official and scary! I like to call it my business/life plan… it makes more sense that way!

After graduating from my wonderful jewellery course (and a sure to be well-deserved summer holiday!!) I want to have a plan in place that will enable me to start up my own jewellery business which will hopefully make me enough money to live on. Finding a perfect job, making art, looking for new projects, taking in courses, learning, making art, owning a variety of cats, buying a beautiful home, decorating said beautiful home, making art, stalking Amanda Palmer on tour, travelling and making art are all very high on my list! so a plan to make the cash to do so is quite important for me to get right.
I want to work away furiously in my (dream but not quite reality yet!) studio for one or two years and design and manufacture a few collections of jewellery that I can sell to make enough money to live on and enough money to, in the future, be able to make the art I want to make. I see this as a business I can shape and develop my whole life, but in the beginning a few marvellous collections will start me off nicely.
I want my business identity to reflect my unique aesthetic styles, the importance I place upon good design, high-quality materials, packaging and/or display that is just as important at the final piece and most importantly I want people to know about the jewellery they are buying, I want them to know where it came from and why and I want the story of the jewellery to live through the wearer/owner. I guess I’m working on my first collection now, it’s more conceptual than commercial but the basics running through it are want I want my business to be about.

Right now I’m starting to research into image branding, I’ll be looking at logos, web design, business cards, etc. to gather myself a visual identity together so look at for the changes happening on this blog and around my website!

So stay tuned for my various business plan plans and investigations coming your way!

Chloe out.

Mossycoat Pouch Sample

Today i decided to gather up some moss and play around with an idea for my Mossycoat experimentations.

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Bucket of moss! and a little lichen to add a variety of shapes and colours.

 

Another key material in Mossycoat is the silk of the two fine dresses she cons out of the hawker at the start of the story, one “dress o’ white satin with sprigs o’ goold on it as big as a man’s hand” and the other “dress med o’ silk de colour o’ all de birds o’ de air” and it is the former white silk that i will be playing around with today.

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I stitched together two squares of silk organza together with golden thread, one square a translucent white and the other opaque white.

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The two squares stitched and stitched and stitched together! I wanted the stitching to be a feature of the design, which is why i went round the square five times to thicken up the gold thread.

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I then stuffed my little pouch full of strands of golden thread and the freshly gathered moss and lichens, and then stitched up the hole thickly as before.

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Here is the front side with the translucent organza.

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And here is the back with the more opaque organza.

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I wasn’t quite satisfied with my little silky mossy pouch so decided to add some “goold sprigs” or in this cased golden beads!

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I stitched a row of droplets along one side with golden thread.

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I’m pretty pleased with my little pouch sample. It’s not quite finished, at the moment it is just and object but sometime this week i will finish it up into a piece of adornment.

What do you think?

Chloe out.

Mossycoat

My first Lexicon curiosity will be based around Mossycoat (the original folk tale featured in Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales and not the Philip Pullman reinvention).

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This whole collection of fairy tales was marvelous and i would whole-heartedly recommend it to you, but out of all of the wonderments i was attracted to Mossycoat the most. I wont spoil Mossycoat’s tale for you, all i will say is that it is a variation of the Cinderella story and is centered around a magical mossy coat.

 

To start me off with Mossycoat, i whipped up a simple mind map just to get me thinking about what i might want to do.

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And next onto gathering some mossy context…

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… and then drawing the mossy context and doodling it into patterns and designs!

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Sneak peek at a little design i’m working with at the moment:

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And that was where i ended with Mossycoat today!

Stay tuned for more…

Chloe out.

Happy 21st Birthday Miss Morven Bell: From Ballet to Bars

On August 8th 2013 Miss Morven Daisy Bell turned 21 and to celebrate i naturally decided to whip up some bling for her!

Check it:

The Making of The Pink Shoe Tree

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Step 1: i drew the tree branch part of my design onto the sticky protector plastic on my silver sheet.

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Step 2: using the drawing, i saw pierced out my tree branch shape.

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Ta-dah!

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Step 3: using the point end of a small riveting hammer i beat the texture into the branch……. a lot of released anger later and…

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Ta-dah!

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Step 4: drill holes into ends of branches for chain and beading attachments.

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Step 5: stick on a couple of crappy movies and sit down to tediously file and sand away at the branch until it is perfect!

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Step 6: clean the metal with a brass brush until it is shining bright!

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Step 7: string together all the components with these wonderful rose quartz beads, my glitter thread and of course the most important elements: the little shoe charms…

TA-DAH!!!

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Happy Birthday bestie……… LUFF YOO!!

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Chloe out.

Why?

Today was the official first day back at uni, and not just that but my official first day of fourth year. Oh dear… EVERYTHING MATTERS THIS YEAR!!!

Okay, breathe…..

This morning we had a little introductory lecture to what to expect. And first off we are expected to write project proposals; which means i have to figure out a way of getting a the little thoughts floating around in my head into words that people will actually understand!

We were shown this video as a guide to thinking about what our proposals should be:

Simon Sinek for TED.

People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it.”

Although we aren’t all thinking commercially for our degree show projects, it’s still a great point to think about when creating proposals and enabling people to buy into what you’re doing,

Why should people be interested in what i’m doing?

Why am i interested in what i’m doing?

Well, i’ll have to think about that…. and come up with more than just because i like it!

Why do you do what you do?

Chloe out.