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FilmLab Festival

Okay, so generally I’m going to keep this blog about my art work and reviews, but this is just a note about the fact that I’m organising a film festival with Lucy Rogers, called FilmLab, that’s going to happen on the 9th of November at the Roxy bar and Screen. It’s a showcase of international short films by students and recent graduates, and we’re very excited about it. If you do want to find out more, you can check out our website, or email us at info@filmlabfestival.co.uk.

This is a really great project, and we’ve had some brilliant films submitted, so if you’d like to see fresh new cinema in a cool venue, come along! [end of advert]

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New Adventures In Dressmaking

Having abandoned, for the time being, any attempts at dyeing my own fabric, I bought some lovely grey/taupe gabardine today from John Lewis, along with a Vogue pattern for a sweet little jacket with a kind of flared vent at the back, a bit like an old riding habit.

(see dodgy picture from my webcam if the description’s not working for you,

but don’t worry I’m not letting any checks that loud into my wardrobe any time soon)

I’ve also ordered a pretty Paisley-pattern silk (ish) lining in dove grey/blue, so hopefully it’ll all be lovely, and not a complete disaster like my last attempt. I’m sure it’s not an accident that ‘seamstress’ ends in ‘stress’.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, thimbles crossed for a happy result!

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Byam Shaw Review

Looking forward to restarting the Byam Shaw Review , our college art review blog. We’ve moved it across to WordPress for the new academic year, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to expand it and maybe produce a printed version once in a while, with other features. Exciting! Continue reading

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Must write some reviews

I’ve just realised that it’s been months since I posted a review here – I have copious notes on August’s First Thursday which I really ought to write up, or failing that I will find something exciting to review that’s on now. Last exhibition I saw was the RA Summer show, which of course is too enormous to even contemplate trying to summarise it in a piece of writing here; I shall look about me for something of a more manageable size. Any suggestions?

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Walls

Saw ‘500 Days of Summer’ last night, and I really liked the guy’s black-painted wall, where he draws a huge panorama of the city’s architecture; I’m seriously thinking about painting a wall of my studio with blackboard paint this autumn and using it as a kind of sketchbook and space for notes. I think it could also work a bit like the tape drawings, but with the colours inverted. Quite keen to do it and see how it looks 🙂

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Paste-resist dyeing: the results

After a whole day spent carefully painting a waterlily design onto the pattern pieces for the dress I was going to make, I put it into the dye, being careful not to stir and disturb the paste, and … it just dyed the whole thing. Except for a few patches of lighter colour, which render the fabric useless for anything else.

So, the result of all those hours of research, paste-boiling, and painting? Some blotchy blue fabric and stained fingers. EPIC FAIL. At least I have some photos of the pretty design before I ruined it with dye.

Next time I’ll use wax, or get someone who knows what they’re doing to show me how.

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A-board

Meanwhile, I have an A-board in my living room as I’m designing it for Cafe 23 in Crouch End; possibly two days before a holiday isn’t the best time to start a project like this – I’d better get on with it now.

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