Little Beauties in Dortmund

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Last week I spent some time in Dortmund, Germany! I’m always looking for different fashion, clothing, accessories and vintage/charity shops wherever I go! Walking down one of the little streets I found this lovely little accessories and jewellery shop tucked away with some beautiful pieces! It was like a small boutique you’d find in the busy streets of London! The scarf at the front of this image instantly caught my eye, looking at the label and realising it was a Vivienne Westwood made me love it even more! But with the price tag of £165 I think I’ll be saving my pennies for next time…

Photoshoot Done!

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Finally, the PDSA photoshoot is complete! We took full advantage of the rare beautiful sunny day throughout the snowy January and shot all 32 vintage pieces we had chosen from The Hub! The two images above are two of my favourite! The red and black mixed poncho is my favourite piece from our little collection and hopefully the photograph does it justice! 

So glad we took part in the project and hopefully we will help to sell these fantastic clothes to raise some money for the PDSA charity on the ASOS Marketplace! Such a shame we had to return them. wanted to keep them all….

Vintage Styles

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After the shoot for the PDSA vintage clothing, I found these images of vintage fashion shoots. I absolutely love them!! The top image is so sassy and sophisticated, showing off her beauty and how stunning that maroon dress is!! Spots are seen so much throughout vintage clothing, that’s a classic example! The photo below is also fab! Black and white always reminds me of older photographs! The way these ladies have been photographed is great, sharp in a line, but all of them being the main focus at the same time with the striking prints on their clothing! The shape of the trousers they are each modelling/wearing brings out the boldness in this photo! It’s not just the style of the photo that interests me, but the styles of the clothing too. The high waisted trousers matched together with them fitted shirts make a perfect combination, a style that’s seen a lot more today too!

A grasp on Photography

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Photography by Michael Lavine

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Photography by Norman Parkinson

It’s time to get down to the photography side of the project. The location is almost sorted, and with the weather as it is, it would be strange not to take advantage of the snow with some of the knitwear products I have chosen. Definitely outdoor for the shots, well that’s what we are aiming for, but the general mood of the photos we are still trying to work out as a group.
Here are some Vintage and Grunge fashion shots I absolutely love!

V&A Prints

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I recently visited the V&A Museum, London and had a look at some of their pieces, especially the wide range of textiles they have. Whilst in the shop I came across some fantastic prints displayed in bags, notebooks, shirts, small accessories and stationery. I found this print above in the shop, it looks to me like it has a slight Asian feel, it’s quite beautiful. The three prints below were given to me a few weeks ago as some inspiration to my Vintage project and probably because of my love of floral patterns too!

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(Design for tapestry, Lindsay P.Butterfield, watercolour on paper, Britain ca.1905. Courtesy of V&A Museum)
I absolutley love the colour scheme in this print! If I could have small sections of it in my bedroom, on the wall, or on some other furnishings for example I would! Although the shades are so subtle, I find the print itself quite bold!

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(Floral design, William Kilburn, watercolour on paper, Britian about 1788-92. Courtesy of V&A Museum)
When looking at the print above this is such a bright comparison, there is a huge variety of colours but somehow they all seem to compliment on another. I can’t quite tell whether the flowers in the print are Roses or Peonies but they are uite stunning!

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(Daffodil furnishing fabric, designed by John Henry Dearle, block printed cotton, produced by Morris & Co. Courtesy of V&A Museum)
Finally, this last print shows the variety of flora and how it is incorporated into patterns. Again, the colour scheme is brilliant in this piece and its not often I say this, but I love the little explosions of pink throughout the piece.

I’m definitley going to have another visit to the V&A sometime soon! Wouldn’t it be fab if some kind of Vintage exhibition came up! I’ll just have to hope.

Ethnic?

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Although its not quite vintage, I found this piece of printed fabric today and I absolutely love it. I think it has quite an ethnic feel to it and the small scratch marks in the background are so effective! The colours are so bold and compliment each other so well, yet the repeat pattern doesn’t make the print too busy!
I’m thinking of experimenting with some more designs, nature and geometric patterns maybe. Hopefully, I can somehow get them printed onto fabric… I’ll have to keep thinking of some different printing techniques!

Are those Vintage clothes I see?

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Here the PDSAVintage Project keeps developing! I’ve recently been down to ‘The Hub’, part of PDSA and to ‘COW’ in Birmingham to get some snaps of the fantastic Vintage clothing and accessories they have there! I absolutely love some of the patterns flowing through this little collection. Quite fitting for this time of year that most of it is knitwear, but there are some pretty florals in there too!!  This is just the start! Hopefully by the end of January we’ll have some fab shots of the clothes being modelled, ready to sell for charity!!

In the meantime, head over to COW and have a look at what they’ve got!! http://www.wearecow.com/

Tasty Vintage Treats

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I was given a fantastic kit for christmas that was perfect for my love of vintage and little crafty things! It’s a ‘cup cakes pin cushions kit’ from ‘Crafty Nana’ and I just had to give it a go straight away!
By creating the shapes and adding some stitches here and there I had myself two lovely pin cushions! I also added a little embroidery to the flowers for more detail. Some fab festive crafts for Christmas Day! They almost look good enough to eat don’t you think?

Bricolage?

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ImageRecently I had the chance to visit the School of Jewellery, another part of Birmingham City University. Throughout the two days we had the opportunity to make both clearly thought of as well as spontaneous pieces of jewellery from various materials. I learnt some interesting techniques too, riveting, soldering and piercing. The necklace above is something I created on the first day, taking some hours to do but I am extremely pleased with the outcome. As you might be able to tell, my love of vintage came over me, hence the floral fabric filling the centre. What do you think?
Thanks again to the students at the SoJ, had a fantastic couple of days.