Friday, 21 December 2012

Featured Etsy Seller: Holly Go Vintage

The next Etsy seller I am featuring is a Vintage seller, of women's clothing.  She is based in New York and set up her Etsy shop around July of 2012.  If you see anything you like, please click on it and buy, to help support these small businesses all around the world.  

Don't forget to check out my own Etsy shop, House Of Bulé

Featured Etsy Seller: HanhmadebyUkropova

Recently, I've been looking at Etsy a lot, as a source of inspiration, as well as for gifts.  Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the amazing artists and craftspeople that I come across in my travels!  Below, is my first featured artist, based in Minsk, Belarus.  Please have a look at the shop, and if you see anything you like, by it, and support these hardworking creatives:

Don't forget, to check out my shop, follow this link:

Plagiarism Within The Creative Industries

I am a young designer currently studying fashion design at university in London.  We were recently set a project that underlined a problem I feel Creatives face on a daily basis.  It is a concern that is constantly at the back of my mind when designing.  The project brief:  Design an Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for this designer... The options for designers:  Balenciaga, Gareth Pugh, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry, Hussein Chalayan.  The concern:  how to design their new collection without copying what they have already done?  Of all the project briefs I have been given over the last few years, through A-Levels and now in university, this is the one I have had the most problems with.  On a daily basis, I design with the mantra in mind, 'don't copy, don't imitate, don't be like the others'.  Therefore, to be given this brief works exactly against my work process.  I know that my favourite designers are the ones who don't follow the trends of the season, the ones who think outside of the box.   For me, the worst thing anyone could say about my work, is 'oh, that looks like something McQueen would do', or Gaultier, or Westwood, or Christopher Kane.  The horror at this comment does not come from my dislike of these designers, but rather, from my great admiration of their individuality amongst the crowd.  Basically, it's about being the trendsetter opposed to the trend follower.  

So please give me feedback, on how you feel about creative ideas within the Arts and originality.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dancing In The Dark - Matt Luck

This is a really beautiful video.  My sister showed it to me a few weeks ago and ever since then, I haven't been able to stop myself going back to it continuously.  It is enchanting, and emotional, and captivating to watch.  The other work on their YouTube channel is just as fascinating to watch.

Sit back, watch and enjoy...

Thursday, 22 November 2012

An Absolutely Lovely Music Video!

I've come to know some of the work of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros over the last few years.    They really enchant me as a band and I love their general ethos.  I love to listen  to their music when I'm working on a painting or designing some clothes and no matter what mood I am in, the music always brings me back to my last summer, reminding me of good times.  Music is one of the best inspirations out there and this video, in particular, is such an inventive, sweet, humoros idea.  I highly recommend this band to everyone!  :-) 

Christmas Cards

I'm currently posting up new stuff on my Etsy store.  Please check out my Etsy store for some very cool  Christmas Cards to send to your family and friends.

Also, in the next few weeks I'm going to be listing up some cool new items that could make cool Christmas gifts, so keep an eye out for those!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Pillars Of The Earth Moodboard - Cathedral Glory

Summer Book Review No. 3: The Pillars Of The Earth by KEn Follett

I actually enjoyed this book! At first, due to the sheer enormity of the book, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to be able to complete it. It did take me a good 100 pages or so to really get into it but after a while I was hooked. If you aren't into epic tales, with a lot of historical and factual detail, then this might not be the book for you, but this isn't all the the novel contains. There is also some lovely romance, friendships, as well as rivalry and deception. It reminded me a bit of a Phillipa Gregory book in its tone and subject matters. There are many characters in this novel and several generations within this novel and they all centre around the building of a cathedral. The only reason I gave this novel four stars rather than five is because I felt that the last 100 pages wandered on a bit too long for my liking but other than that, I really loved this book and would be interested in reading more of Ken Follett's work in the future.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Book Of Human Skin Moodboard - Venetian Gold

Summer Book Review No. 2: 'The Book Of Human Skin' by Michelle Lovric

It was a about a month ago that I finished reading this book.  It was the first one that I had read since finishing my English A-Level and what a book to read!  It was exciting, intriguing, dark, humorous and most of all, intelligently written.  The novel follows the story of a young girl's life, plagued by her truly evil older brother, and all the people she encounters and affects along the way.  As well as the girl's narrative voice, we also get to read the narratives of several other characters surrounding her, including the not so nice ones!  Although the chapters switch between narrators on a regular basis, the novel never feels stodgy or over complicated.  The characters are beautifully realised by Lovric, and I found some of the darker characters to be the more thrilling to read; in particular, there's a crazy nun, who sends chills down your spin whenever you read her narration.  Overall, I would give this a 4.5 out of 5, because I found it to be inventive, intelligent, luxurious in its scope and lingering.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves and adventure/historical/romance novel.

Maurice Moodboard - Edwardian English Gentleman

Sunday, 29 July 2012

1st Summer Book Review: 'Maurice' by E.M. Forster

The first book I am going to review in my Summer Book Review list is 'Maurice' by E.M. Forster.  I had already read a Forster book called 'Howards End', and found it really enjoyable.  This is what spurred me on to read 'Maurice'.  E.M. Forster's life spanned 1879 to 1970 and he was 91 when he passed away.  He was homosexual, in a time when gay men could be arrested for 'lewd behavior', and so, although he wasn't closeted, only close friends and family ever really knew about his sexuality.  I believe that it is this difference of character that must of helped Forster to see past some of the social and sexual laws of the day to the very heart of the matter.  For example, in 'Howards End', Forster is able to give the readers representations of female characters who are intelligent, flawed and complex.  That is what is so brilliant about his characters; each of them has their vices.

In 'Maurice', Forster wanted to create a protagonist who is human in every way, and not an idealised character:  "someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad business man and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."  This 'ingredient' that Forster speaks of is Maurice's homosexuality.  This is partly what sets 'Maurice' apart from many other books of the time.  However, because of the nature of this book, Forster didn't feel he could publish it while he was still alive, so it was only published after his death in 1970.  There were so many things I loved about this novel. I loved how the main character was painted, with an honesty and a sensitivity that is breathtaking to read.  This novel is fairly short and didn't take long to read at all but it is one that will stick with you for a long time afterwards.  The three main characters of this novel are all fascinating.  At no point did I grow tired of any of them, because, although they weren't all pleasant all of the time, each was written with detail and truth.  I think what made me really interested me in his novels was the way in which he wrote.  His writing has a freedom and directness about it, which I felt marked it out from some of his contemporaries.   Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to as many people as possible.  My concluding summary of this novel: a beautiful, English summer romance, with a twist.  5/5

N.B.  There is a brilliant 1987 Adaptation of this novel, starring James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves, that I would highly recommend to anyone who reads and enjoys the book.

Summer Reading

Recently, I finished my English Literature A-Level.  It was a joyous day as I had been having a great  amount of difficulty getting through the course, out of sheer boredom and a sense of frustration over the 'ticking the boxes' problem that the course had.  Because of this, I was all set to have a reading-free summer, just letting myself breath after an intensive two year course where everything I read was controlled by a book list for my A-Level.  In fact, what I found was that finishing my English A-Level had the opposite effect.  Of course, for a time, I didn't read, but within a few weeks, watching endless amounts of TV, amongst setting up and developing my Etsy business, began  to be increasingly dull and monotonous.  So I returned to my first great love:  Reading!  Studying the subject had all but killed my passion for literature, but as soon as I no longer had a teacher standing over me, repeating, 'Form, Structure, Language', I began to enjoy reading again.  So, I joined a website called, which allows you to collate all the books you want to read, all the ones you have read and what you thought of them, amongst other things.  I also rejoined my local library, which I had a membership to when I was younger, but had stopped going to once I joined school.  It was fast and easy to sign up to and when I walked through the doors, I was reminded of all the happy times spent there as a child (and this is said with  no sense of sarcasm!).

So, to add to my summer reading excitement, I thought I would start a sort of summer reading review/book list.  I'll read the books and then write a small review, telling you whether I think the novel is worth reading or not, and how much I enjoyed it.  I will also be updating you on all my summer art and fashion projects.  So, lets see how long I can keep this up, with any sense of regularity!

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Friday, 8 June 2012

New Items on Etsy

Two new items have been listed on my Etsy shop today so please stop by there and have a look around.  

Here is the bib necklace, done using the faux chenille technique and backed with leather, making it reversible.  It is part of the same series that my prints are from:

Here is another biro print from my 'Thought Process' series, exploring the randomness of the mind as well as the beauty of pure pattern, something I'm incredibly passionate about:

If you want a custom print done, please contact me at my Etsy shop and we can come to an agreement over it.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Magazines Galore!!!

Today in the post, Summer Santa came baring the gifts of Vogue and Elle magazine. That's the rest of my day planned!!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Graduate

A couple of days ago, I decided that it was time to watch the classic film, 'The Graduate', starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.  It was a funny, sometimes sad, brilliantly acted film that really captured my imagination.  But I think there are two 'ingredients' within this film, that have turned it into such a classic, coming of age tale;  that is, the music by Simon and Garfunkel, and the beautiful cinematography and visual stylization used within the movie.  Every shot is like a painting on its own:
Slight Spoiler Alert!!! 

Cinematographer for 'The Graduate':  Robert Surtees 
Production Design:  Richard Sylbert
Set Decoration:  Goerge R. Nelson
Costume Design:  Patricia Zipprodt

NB:  Don't forget to visit  my Etsy Shop, where I'll be selling various prints.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New Items Listed in Etsy Shop!

Hi to all my readers!
Just to let  you all know, I've listed my first five items in my Etsy shop!  Yay!! My aim will be to add at least one or two new prints every week, so make sur to keep checking back on my shop site.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Recent Progress With Etsy Shop

Over the last few days, I have been developing some pieces of artwork to list up on my new Etsy shop.  At first, I was a bit stuck on what sort of work I wanted to create.  I didn't want to just do simple, still life drawings, even though I could very easily do them without putting much thought or development into it.  I also wasn't that keen on using materials like pencil as it's not my favourite material to use.  I began with a drawing of a rosebud, done with the humble Bic biro pen.  I loved the effect of the biro and so I decided to continue using it but in more abstract, pattern based pieces of work.  What I was really pleased about with this "Thought Process' series, is that everyone who looks at them, interprets them differently and sees completely different things within the piece.  So far, I've only got two in this series, ready to sell on Etsy, (as well as some slightly older pieces of work that I'm uploading), as they take rather a long time to complete!  However, over the next few weeks and months, I plan to upload more in this series, as I do them.  I would love to get feedback on them and if anyone had any requests or custom orders that they want to put in, just do it through my Etsy shop.

Here is a preview of the work I am planning on putting up on my Etsy shop: