Friday, 28 August 2015

DIY Pallet Seats

My love of Pinterest has grew stronger after years of pinning inspiration for my college projects, trend reports and for photoshoot ideas but I have now found a new use for it: DIY.  It uses my creativity to visualise ideas and how an average person can do them, even if I don't have the skills in building.
I managed to convince the oh so willing boyfriend to assist and he sourced the pallets. I cut, sanded, nailed and oiled the corner pallet seats together.

Here's photo documentation of our journey of DIY pallet seat furniture for the garden. 





Piecing together the placement of our seating, decided to stack 2 pallets on top of each other for the desired height, created 2 back pieces for furthest side and 2 arms, which come handy as drinks holders. At this stage we have sanded parts of the pallets using an electric sander, quite time consuming but worth it to get that smooth finish. 

Heres some of the amazing markings I was talking about, you can't paint over these it's part of the character and the journey the wood has gone through.  
Here is the result of the oil, it protects from weather damage. And puppy of course had to get in the photo.
I made the base seat cushions, sticking with our theme of natural woods. These colours a neutral and go well in the garden, making the cushion covers for the base took a little working out with the dimensions of the foam, seam allowances, zips etc. but I got their in the end. Matching these to some bought scatter cushions in plain and check fabrics.







Thursday, 30 July 2015

YSL | STYLE IS ETERNAL

On Tuesday I visited the exquisite Bowes Museum which I am ashamed to say, was my first time. Pulling up to what only can be described as a Buckingham Palace style gate, the grander and scale of the building and its surroundings have to be seen to be believed. It dates back to 1869 when the first stone was laid by Mrs Bowes, the building was a purpose built museum by Mr and Mrs Bowes in order to bring art to the North East and to create a world-class museum. And that indeed they have. 







What got my initial interest in visiting Bowes Museum was the "YSL - Style is Eternal", exhibition. Which for the country is the first exhibition of his work, for that to be showcased in the North East will bring a lot of tourism to region and prove that not everything is in London.

Yves Saint Laurent didn't follow trends, he designed for the woman's body, inventing the modern woman's wardrobe. Not afraid of bringing masculinity to his designs whilst preserving their femininity. Iconic designs and photographs are shown within the exhibition, history of fashion and the timeless art of Haute Couture.

My highlight of the exhibition was seeing up close the Haute Couture, the beading and embellishments and his original sketches. The vision and elegance of how he designed and dressed woman back in those days makes me wish I lived in that era.


























"What has always come first to me is respect for a metier that is not quite an art, but which needs an artist to exist" - Yves Saint Laurent





The exhibition is on until the 25th of October 2015 and I most definitely recommend everyone to go and view it.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Talłulah Love photo shoot

Yesterday I assisted with the photo shoot of amazing lingerie brand Tallulah Love. With a great location, models and clothing is was always set to be a brilliant day.

The location was Crook hall and gardens in Durham a flower filled place, with all nooks and crannies featuring quirky finds and a haunted hall to match. 



Pathway down to the hall where they serve tea and coffee, total hit when the team were flagging 


The cosiest fire which made us wish it was winter, curled up with a furry blanket and hot chocolate.... 💭💭💭💭 


Now can this be my walk in wardrobe please? Exposed beams, gold furniture and in an attic! 



Flowers. Flowers. Flowers. What a beautiful, well kept garden. We were spoilt for choice for location shots for this shoot. Everywhere was still open to the public and everyone was very positive about us being their, of course they were - it was lingerie!!! 

My role was wardrobe, to make sure all models were dressed in the right outfits, styled correctly with shoes and accessories and sent to the right set. I absolutely loved the day and what a great team we had. It ran smoothly and efficiently which was all down to planning and communication between the team. 



Behind the scenes shots of makeup here created by the talented Jo Leversuch. 
Hair created by Kara Scott


Photographer Jade Turnbull and her amazing boyfriend assisting, his height does help with lighting. 


Assisting here Claire and Stephanie Raeburn with the set design 




Behind the scenes 


And the beautiful woman behind the brand Michelle Taylor with models Katherine Lees, Bethany Cammack and Beth Jones. 

Shop the collection http://www.tallulahlove.com