Monday, 7 November 2011

Super heros, Models and a girl band

We had a great weekend at Britain's and Irelands next top model live show. The Scarletz came to visit our Pop up shop. They loved our vintage collar necklaces so we gave them all one! We love their look and they are the nicest girls. We took a pic of them in our By Jam pop up shop.
The Scarletz in our By Jam vintage collar necklaces

When we arrived to Excel early Saturday morning to set up for the show it was a little surreal as we kept seeing super heros. I had to check myself that I was not day dreaming! We later found out there was a Super Hero Convention on at the same time as Britain's and Irelands next top model show.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Draw it like it is

Anthony emailed me these yesterday and I LOVED THEM so I had to share them! He draws all the time and has hundreds of treasures that no one ever gets to see! Luckily he shares them every so often with his friends.
Drawing by Anthony McAndrew
Him and Her by Anthony McAndrew
YeahYeahYeahs by Anthony McAndrew

Friday, 14 October 2011

A night to remember

My friend Fred had a spare ticket to a gig at Koko last night to see Gabby Young and other animals. I had not really heard of her before but I had a feeling she might put on a good show.
It was an amazing show and the atmosphere was electric. The energy and soaring vocals mixed with style all of her own, a world of make believe with 1920s style dancers, circus acrobatics, brass bands choirs, musicians. The music was beautiful but never boring and her voice was totally mesmerizing.

Gabby Young
Gabby had a change of dress half way through, The first dress below was sculpted, cocoon like, her look is vintage glamor mixed with an outer worldly creation. In the venture it self they had little cute stalls with vintage and remade creations on offer.
Gabby young at koko
Her second dress in the picture was by Inbar Spector it was stunning, in pale green sheer fabric with an origami like texture. She and her band were truely amazing, we danced and danced and when she finished we clapped until our hands hurt!
Gabby Young and other animals dress by Inbar Spector

The end of the show at Koko

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Fulham Palace and Art

We went all the way to Fulham Palace last Thursday night to see the Palace Art Fair where my friend Patrick O'Donnell was showing his beautiful pictures. His work is so good!

Holiday (0il and graphite on paper)By Patric O'Donnell

Remnants (0il and graphite on paper) By Patric O'Donnell 

It was quite a challenge to find Fulham Palace but once we were there it was magical. They had live music in the court yard and candles lighting up a free bar. The perfect atmosphere to enjoy art.

I Had a good look around the fair and found an interesting decorative artist called Hyo Soog Hwang
Her work was created from ceramic and inspired by roses and flowers the bowls could be taken apart as well as inserted into each other to create flower sculptures.

Ceramics by Hyo Soog Hwang

Ceramics by Hyo Soog Hwang

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

On my way to the studio

Luckily the sun was out this morning, Wednesday mornings mean Deptford market. Its always a chance to pick up something on my way to the studio to inspire and stimulate ideas. A place that clothes, frames, books, old cases, shoes, table clothes, things you never know you needed are waiting piled on tables to be searched through and found.
Deptford Market

box full of old postcards
We are so lucky to have the magical creation that is Deptford Project set up by the design company Raw Nerve. It is a haven for creativity. Everything is done inside and out with a great style and energy. The food is delicious. I particularly love their breakfasts! So after the market coffee from the Deptford Project!

Deptford Project Cafe
Inside the train carriage of Deptford Project

wall on the out side of Deptford Project
All through the summer they have been having film nights, using these chairs that were built on site by Jail -Make. Its a real sun trap, its a great place to take you sketch book!

Garden of Deptford Project

 Rebecca is the founder and has been heading a project to design a garden that shows off how much can be produced in a small space for food consumption. It has been done in a very elegant way. They won silver in Hampton Court Flower show. Rebecca is involving local schools to harvest and learn from the garden. 

An Urban Garden by Deptford Project

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Fashion at Somerset house

Michael and I went to have a rummage at The Fashion Weekend in Somerset House on Friday evening. Its such a great setting and a very civilized way to pick up a bargain. It was fairly easy to navigate around, and it had a calm and relaxed feel. Somerset house was divided up into sections, their was a vintage section, which I discovered this gorgeous pop up stall shared by Katie from Shake up Make up and Falicity of Now,voyager .
Loved this set up!
Falicity from Now,Voyager
Katie from Shake up Make up
I liked the vintage area as it mixed vintage clothes, accessories, hair styling and new vintage inspired labels. There was a designer section where I found my wonderful friend lucy who runs Never Fully Dressed.
I also saw Amy in the jewellery section which was set up in a marque in the middle of the court yard. She has a beautiful shop on Cheshire Street called Comfort Station She designs a whole range of beautiful, quirky and very unique accessories. I liked the look and feel of The  Fashion weekend maybe we will look into being part of the next one.
I liked her style
love this dress!
Somerset House
we walked back to Charing cross station through the Victoria Embankment gardens,
Let are hot Indian Summer continue!

Monday, 19 September 2011

My Room

My room in our flat has become more important to me as its a place I can put objects and paintings and photographs that I have collected and have been given to me over the years. I get to enjoy them and let them inspire me.
Hair salon painting from Afghanistan given to me by Ella

 This painting is on a metal surface and was given to me by my cousin Ella she obtained it on one of her research trips to Afghanistan. Its for advertising a beauty salon. I love it! I have hung it next to a white ornate wardrobe that I have on loan from my brother Eli. He has moved to Paris for a few years, he has great taste and is always inspiring me. He brought me the teapot below for my birthday. It looks great on my shelf!

Teapot from Elias and Sebastian
Buttons from my wonderful Aunty Amanda
Last Christmas my aunty Amanda gave me her button box. I have always loved playing with these buttons and love that she kept them in colour co-ordinated sections. I have decided to make it into a table so I can keep them forever. Still need to do this!
Oil painting by Suzanne Redstone
This is on loan from my Mum who is an amazing artist, she did this in the 1960s but has continued to create beautiful work.
Oil Painting by Suzanne Redstone

sculpture by Suzanne Redstone

I am so lucky I have a creative mum!

present from Louie
This soap was given to me from my friend Louie, I have not opened it yet as the soap is shaped in red as a Dachshund and is to cute to use! Louie has a Dachshund called Billy, there is a picture below that Louie made of Billy. I have known Billy since he was a puppy, he made me fall for Dachshunds big time.
Beautiful Billy
Painting by Edd Bagenal
 Edd gave me this for my birthday, its painted on a small piece of hard board and its beautiful. Thanks Edd! I also got this card below from Anthony, I need to get this one framed, it always makes me smile.
Drawing by Anthony McAndrew
by Anthony McAndrew
Painting by Shaun Caton
Shaun is a pretty amazing artist, He is known world wide for his performance art but is very prolific in his sketch books and paintings. I love this painting, he let me choose which one I wanted as a thank you and it was so hard to choose, I loved them all! He is inspired by cave paintings and primitive art.

My room is still work in progress.