It seems like an awfully long time since I pranced around in the streets wearing an outfit to show you guys, but I'm happy to get the ball rolling on the style front again. My style since moving to Amsterdam has defaulted in me wearing something loose as well as never wearing heels again. I'm sad to see the majority of the clothes I wore in London go, but constantly being on the go on bikes, battling cobblestones and thunderous weather means comfort trumps style infinitely. Well maybe doesn't trump style, but I've definitely learned how to find a happy medium between myself and nature in the form of this comfy oversized dress from Asos (sold out but similar here). It'd been on my wish-list for a while and when it finally came down in price, I couldn't deny my wardrobe this gem. I paired it with a beige hat from C&A (similar here and here), a bag I bought in Florence, Italy and some comfy Stan Smiths kicks.
I often get a lot of questions about whether or not I "make" my illustrations in Adobe Photoshop. Although I totally understand the question, since a lot of my work is now digitally finished, I think it misses the mark a little bit. There's a better way to ask the same thing in a more productive manner for both parties. On the left [above] is the original hand-drawn illustration of mine and on the right is the finished result. I used a sharpie to draw every line, and then scanned the image to my computer. As you can see by the line work, everything is exactly the same bar the colours of course. The effort is in the line work done by hand, not the digitally finished version. So here, I didn't make anything in illustrator, I simply added colours to the already striking artwork (yes I just complimented my own work, roll with me). Long before I used illustrator to finish off my work, I was handy with some markers , stitching (seen here), ball point pens, and watercolour. Programs can certainly be the sole objective for some artists, but a lot of the time, the end artwork is a result of more than just what program the artist used. I'm often left stumped when someone thinks that knowing a program is the end all be all of creativity. Two people can hold a paintbrush, with one knowing how to hold the brush in the best way to yield beautiful concept-driven results, whilst the other struggles with what to paint entirely. It's about the person, not the tool. Because all these programs are just that, tools. Tools that need a mind, and a body to work it. It's the same thing as only asking a pretty good photographer what camera they use. It dismisses the work process they've undergone, when they've probably had to think about composition, lenses, lighting, study years for it etc. So maybe instead of asking what program someone uses next time — ask them what their processes are, how they came to that concept, what other tools they like to use, how this tool engages with their talents specifically. These might be tedious questions, but I'm sure that you and the enquired will get a whole lot more from it.
While it's always remained in my deepest interests to be able to one day have my own fashion line and concept store, it's bloody hard to do so successfully and without money at that! So this isn't a debut of my collection as such, just a taster of what I'd like to be doing full time in a few years. Call it a "speaking into existence" sort of thing. I embroidered my illustration onto this t-shirt and I'm pleased with how it came out. I really how tactile embroidery is and although it's harder than if I'd just screen-printed it, I like that it's a little different. Right now I'm looking for fair-trade t-shirt suppliers, I'll keep you posted on this process!Read More