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I had a wonderful weekend keeping myself busy by making up the Amelia Magazine Apron Dress Kit that I bought on line from organic retailer Gossypium. Designed in collaboration with the wonderful Amelia Magazine and London print designer Brie Harrison, the dress comes pre-printed on high quality cotton baby cord.
And is absolutely gorgeous from the front (complete with apron pocket):
And also from the back (complete with apron ties):
And similar to the old clothkits kits it comes with a small purse:
And as if that wasn’t enough a larger bag kit came as free with Issue Ten of Amelia’s Magazine:
It was a real pleasure making these garments and accessories and I couldn’t recommend them enough. The dress is a bargain at £25, and I am sure that I will be getting a lot of wear out of it over the coming year…
This week we were given our new brief for the rest of the course. Under the theme of ‘Full of Eastern Promise’ we are asked to design a complete outfit for a remake and update of the classic Fry’s Turkish Delight advertisement. For those who don’t remember the ad here is a wee reminder:
The outfit can be either for a man or a woman and is to include trousers, top and turban/headpiece. We have been asked to research:
- historic clothing from the East
- the latest catwalk collections including harem trousers, cut work from Christopher Kane and Fendi, and Paul Smith, Chloe and Sportmax among others
- performance costume designers such as Erte and the Art Deco period
Lots to get our teeth into then!
The exhibition was held in conjunction with 1st year postgraduate students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), and was timed to coincide with the last two days of the exhibition of photographs by Rosita McKenzie.
The title Natural Selection reflected the conversations and research we had carried out in the Gardens looking at the natural properties of ferns and other botanical plants in the Garden, whilst also creating garments that could be enjoyed especially by visually impaired and blind people. Additionally “the project is one of a series of collaborations initiated by Inverleith House designed to widen appreciation of the Garden and of Art, in all its forms”.
This is the blurb that I wrote to support my garments:
“In my work I have focused on the theme of ‘Garden Coat’ while also creating tactile surfaces that would be interesting for people with limited sight. This evolved into researching vintage patterns for domestic house coats, which I then updated to fit the modern woman. The coat was then embellished with traditional techniques including applique and reverse applique. The apron continues the domestic theme incorporating raised surface prints using paper doilies, puff paint, aqua suede, vintage lace, buttons, bead work, crocheted flowers and bumble bee buttons (linking back to the original botanical theme).”
Unfortunately my other photos didn’t come out too well. Saturday was pretty dark and wintry in Edinburgh..