One of our favourite times of the year is the Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards. This year the overall winner was Shane Haron from Essex. The 30-year-old said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon! It’s funny, because when I first saw the advert to enter you get the negative voices in your head saying ‘oh, what’s the point, I’ll never win’, but this year has been a bit of a journey for me where I’ve purposely challenged those negative beliefs and pushed myself out of my comfort zone.’ This year... Read More
We can’t Believe that a year has past already. Once again we were delighted to attend the Corwainers awards for the 5th year running. ‘Be passionate about your work’, said keynote speaker Camilla Elphick and passion, dedication and imagination shone through the entrant’s submissions. This year Katie Greenyer our creative director Judged the competition alongside Guy West who is one half of the award winning Northamptonshire footwear brand Jeffery-West and Atalanta Weller who is a graduate of the Cordwainers College and an award winning designer with a strong celebrity following,... Read More
A mini adventure to Iceland- I finally managed to tick Iceland off my bucket list. This beautiful country- with its volcanic earth, vast light and massive skies didn’t disappoint. Reykjavik is a cool multicultural fascinating city. Vikings, fish and were the earths magical wonders congregate. Must do’s are: Swimming pools- they love the water Hallgrimskirkja church- towering over the city. Worth going to the top of the tower in the lift.Puffin and whale tours out of the harbour. Saw loads of puffins – not one flippin whale! Haria concert hall.... Read More
The V&A certainly knows how to put on a show.. The Floyd retrospective doesn’t fail on any level. A psychedelic journey through time- starting with the bands meeting there hand painted white flash van, taking us on a journey in to the entwined lives of band members there relationships with each other. The lyrics, instruments and then to top it all of their social comment and theatrical performances. A must see not only for the die hard fan but for the non initiated.
On my 21st Birthday my parents bought me a book…called ROCI; Rauschenberg Overseas Culture interchange. In this book Robert Rauschenberg created a series of travel adventures in response to each location that he visited between 1984-1990. He changed the way I looked at design – Inanimate found objects, decoupage, printing techniques, the use of colour and space. He showed me how to use readily available collectables to be part of my life’s scrap book and part of my work. So you can imagine my excitement when I finally managed... Read More
So sorry that its been a while since I have written a blog. I have been slightly disabled (haven’t been able to walk) due to a condition called Spondylolisthesis (I can’t even say it) http://www.spine-health.com/video/spondylolisthesis-symptoms-and-causes-video I think… that I had initiated this condition when attempting to touch my head on the floor in Hot Yoga and then getting trapped upside-down and then even more embarrassingly having to be carried out of class. I can now happily say that I have had my lower spine fused 2 rods, a plate and 4 screws and I’m on the road to recovery… soon I will be back in our... Read More
Fun start to the week with 3rd year fashion students at Plymouth University working on a speed painting Plymouth inspired print, that would be used for a range of swimwear. The rules were simple: paint in circles dots or waves to the colour palette I selected. Every 10 minutes the students had to put down their paint brushes and move 3 steps to the right and start painting again. I was a little worried by the work at the first (I must admit) but as the students circled their way... Read More
I was invited to attend the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards where music industry aficionados (Lionel Richie, Jeff Lynne, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Florence Welch) to name but a few were announced winners. Music artists are recognised for their outstanding achievements and in doing so raise vast amounts of cash for this music therapy service that is changing the lives of vulnerable children and adults through music. It was held in the stunning Grosvenor Park Hotel, Park Lane where the red carpet just flowed with stars! The event was wonderful until I left... Read More