Featured Artist/Creative/Designer

Inspired:London

I attended the pre-launch party of the book Inspired:London yesterday evening and got to meet some awesome designers, all of whom are showcased in this beautiful guide to handmade in London.   I am very honoured and so excited to have been  one of the designers chosen to be included in this guide produced by Mary McDermot of We Make London.
The book aims to “take you on an inspirational journey through five areas of London: North, East, Central, South and West; showcasing 162 designers and 92 creative organisations that support the handmade movement throughout London”, says Mary McDermott, Owner of We Make London.
I have my own copy……go purchase your own.

Creations By Juliann – Handmade Jewellery & Love Tokens

Juliann is a writer and photographer from New York, who is finally pursuing her dream designing and creating quality gemstone jewellery “for the romantic in you”.
Juliann draws inspiration from whatever is around her such as people, nature, history, vintage clothing, animals and abstract art, etc.
The name of her online shop?  What else could it be called other than Creations By Julian!
As a special touch – each item you purchase from Juliann includes within its packaging an inspirational quote or famous poem chosen by Juliann for its compatibility with the title of that particular item!
Visit Juliann’s online Etsy shop –  Creations By Juliann

Broken Ghost Couture – One Of A Kind Reconstructured Clothing

Jana Foehrenbach, of Broken Ghost Couture “creates unique, fashion forward pieces with a lot of feminine flair”.
Jana has been an artist all her life and says “I’ve created in many different mediums such as oil painting, floral design, home decor and mural painting. Being an owner of a consignment shop for 6+ years, I saw so many textiles go to waste”.  Thus, at age 43 Jana began designing clothing.
“I have become very passionate about creating unique one-of-a-kind clothing using vintage and pre-loved fabrics”, she claims.
Jana has done tremendously well with her design work!  She says “I showed my Spring/Summer 2010 Collection at Alberta Fashion Week. Soon after, I won a Global Fashion Designer Search competition and won! From that win, I was given a spot at the prestigious Vancouver Fashion Week and showed there in October 2009”.
She also takes special orders and will happily work with you to design an outfit that takes your eye – in a different colour or size.  If she is unable to provide the exact same fabric, she aims to find something very similar!

Go check out what Jana has in store for Spring 2010!

TresJoliePaperie -The Fashionista Pocket Calendar (for 2010-2011)

“Are you a Fashionista?  Do you live for all things haute?  Do you have a closet that would rival Carrie Bradshaw’s?  Or maybe you just know someone who does?  Well, this is the calendar for you or the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life” claims Tina of TresJoliePaperie, the designer/creator of The Fashionista Pocket Calendar.
Tina says “this pocket calendar is full of quotes from fashion designers, icons and celebrities.  From Coco Chanel to Miuccia Prad, you will find quotes on tips, ideas and true style in this cute calendar that is sure never to leave your side”
I love quotes so was tempted to purchase one, plus I like that Tina will customise the calendar’s cover in a colour of your choice from the palette below as well as include whatever name you would like on the bottom left hand side of the cover!

Can you guess what colour I have chosen?   Yes…..pink 🙂  My pocket calendar is now on it’s way to me from the US.

I will be using it to keep track of my tutorials, research and assignments for my Personal Stylist course.

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Maggie Cook – UK Knitwear Designer

For the woman who revels in her femininity, likes all things quintessentially British, loves lace, floral fabrics and ribbons – meet UK knitwear designer Maggie Cook.
Maggie who graduated from the London School of Fashion in 1993, has for the past ten years been designing and making fabulously feminine knitwear and accessories.
Some of Maggies designs combine knitwear with lace, floral fabric and ribbon.  Most of her collections are short runs or one offs sold online as well as to boutiques throughout the UK and Hong Kong.  As well as showing at the London Fashion Week, her designs have been featured in  UK newspapers and magazines.
Visit Maggie online at:  http://www.maggiecook.co.uk/

Piper Ewan – Fashion Designer and Couture Seamstress

Piper Ewan’s Fashion Philosopies
Your clothes are an expression of your moods and whims; why do you want to look like anyone else?
Have a sense of humor.
Dress the way you really wanted to dress when you were nine.
Overdress; dress up for no good reason.
Make your own occasions; wear that cocktail dress you’ve been saving out to the bar or to that boring party.
If it doesn’t fit or flatter don’t wear it.
If you don’t love it don’t buy it.
Always wear at least one thing that makes you happy.
Feel pretty=Be pretty
Don’t listen to other people.
And no, you’re not too old to wear that.
Piper Ewan was conceived in 1998 by Kirsten a Moore (based in Portland, Oregon, US), as a fashion design company dedicated to making one of a kind women’s garments.  Kirsten’s designs are influenced by her love of styles from the 1920’s to the early 1960’s.  As she describes it “a somewhat old timey look that is also timeless”.  Each item created by Kirsten is cut to order and meticulously hand finished with fine detail work – making each item unique.

Her work is sold in various boutiques across the US as well as online at: www.piperewan.etsy.com
For made to order. visit her website at: http://www.piperewan.com/

Wee Sparrow – Unique Gemstone and Bead Jewellery Handmade in England

Designer Wee Sparrow from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK meticulously designs, creates and sells beautiful jewellery which incorporate quality materials.  She sells her jewellery at: WeeSparrow.etsy.com

Wee Sparrows earrings are affordable, elegant and sexy and can add the final touch of glamour to your outfit.  I hope you think so too!  She currently has a sale running throughout September.  Take advantage and purchase  a pair or two to accessorise your seasonal party outfits or  as part of your Christmas shopping!!
A future article will look at earring styles to suit your face shape, skintone and hairstyle.

Dress Like a Style Icon – The Little Black Dress

The little black dress is the epitome of chic, don’t you think? The colour black is timeless and never goes out of fashion.  And, regardless of whether you are gamine shaped or curvacious, tall or short, there is a little black dress out there to fit you and suit your style and the image you want to portray, whether that be a conservative missy Grace, sexy siren Lois, cool sophisticate Elizabeth or avante garde Rhianna (you can substitute the names and images -I just made them up).
Although originally made famous in the 1920’s by fashion designer Coco Chanel, the little black dress (LBD) will be forever associated with Audrey Hepburn and the one she wore in her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This dress, designed by Givenchy, was sold at auction by Christie’s in London in December 2006 for £467,200 (around $800,000)!

Don’t have that sort of money available right now?  never mind.  For *£62.70 ($102) check out indie designer McQuin’s homage to who she has termed “the most beautiful actress of all times”.  This dress (see images below) aptly named ‘At Tiffany’s’ is made to order and to the measurements you specify.  The fabric used is a comfortable, soft glace viscose.
To view more images of the above dress, go to:MQuin.etsy.com and for more of McQuin’s other, equally stunning creations do visit http://mquin07.multiply.com/
* exchange rate 2nd September 2009

Betty Atkins Dominguez (stubbornwoman) – Designer with Style

Here in the UK mornings are getting darker earlier and we shall soon be saying goodbye Summer and hello to Autumn which happens to be my favourite season.  My thoughts naturally turn to what to wear as the weather gets cooler.

I’ve enjoyed browsing through the online Etsy shop of Betty Domininguez (known as stubbornwoman) and her selection of gorgeous crocheted hats and am surely spoilt for choice!

Betty (stubbornwoman) says “One reason children look so adorable in hats is that the hat looks just a tad big for them. I strive for this look in my adult hats. It is so much more flattering to our faces, plus, the hat doesn’t crush our hair flat. If I have a style, this is it”.
This talented woman also makes jewellery!  I love these pink opalite teardrop earrrings and hope you will agree with me that they would go wonderfully with the ‘Anna Karenina’ style hat and scarflette above!
You can see more of stubbornwoman’s designs at: stubbornwoman.etsy.com

The Soap Seduction

Did you know that you can be seduced by soap? No? Have a look at the soaps shown here and tell me that they don’t make you swoon with delight! “Soap Seduction: Where a passion for soapmaking meets the art of handmade! It’s all about pampering and treating yourself and others to one-of-a-kind, deliciously scented, handmade soaps and body products”. So says Patrice from Washington DC, US, who admits to being a soapaholic, so much so, that she makes and sells these sensuous, seductive delights in her aptly named shop on Etsy – The Soap Seduction.

“Buttercream Cupcake is a delicious soap to indulge in. It smells of a freshly-baked cupcake and I drizzle chocolate-scented soap frosting all over and top with a glycerin soap cherry. Frosting color can be customized to your liking. Each soap is 5 oz and is made with a sulfate-free shea butter soap base. This soap beckons all cupcake lover to come hither”! Still not seduced?

How about this one which Patrice has named Rhapsody in Soap. She says “to capture what spring and summer mean to me, I scented this soap in a heady fusion of orchard (apple, pear, and plum) and lime. I love that one part of this soap is sweet and the other sour. It’s like a big, fat jolly rancher for your body!Did you know that commercial soaps which you buy from your supermarket or local chain store, are generally full of chemical/synthetic additives and have had the natural occurring glycerin removed, tend to dry out your skin as well as can lead to rashes and other skin irritations. Patrice says that all her handmade soaps are loaded with quality skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, goats milk, shea butter and oatmeal. She uses all natural soap bases containing no preservatives. Her soaps are scented “to please even the most discerning palate”. Handmade soap will gently cleanse away excess oils and bacteria from your skin without stripping away it’s natural oils……leaving your skin feeling smooth and silky………now if the thought of this alone doesn’t seduce you – I don’t know what will!I know it has me and I have just purchased a whopping 7 oz bar of this soap -Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap-Part Deux. Made with olive, palm, and coconut oils………mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

And no……I won’t be sharing….go buy your own!

thesoapseduction.etsy.com