Friday, 28 February 2014

003 things

My current favourite items of clothing

My mum and I took a little day trip to Rye and we visited one of our favourite little second hand shops called Monroe

Items from Monroe 

 Toast blue cord dress - £22! (Amazingly cheap) 
Apparently a woman comes in after every season and hands in all her old Toast clothes, what a crazy lifestyle these people lead! I have always lusted over Toast clothes, so I was crazy happy when I found it.

Nice Things blouse - £22

I definitely recommend popping in if you’re ever round East Sussex - go find some bargains!

Other items

The yellow stripy top is from Seasalt - £29.95
I am a lover of anything stripy! Seasalt just happens to stock every stripy item a girl could need.

The socks are hand knitted by my mum.

004 draw

A little drawing transformed into a gif, based on From the Sea to the Land Beyond. The film explores a century of life on the British coastline. The soundtrack by British Sea Power is incredible too. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

001 make

~ The Top #64 pattern
~ The Camber set pattern
~ Dark Navy linen
Black bulb pins
~ Stripy bias tape 

Today I visited my number one favourite shop in Rye, Merchant & Mills. My mum has been a super fan for years now and she has pulled me in! The patterns are simplistic and utilitarian and everything is packaged so beautifully. I’ve kind of dabbled in making my own clothes, but this year my aim is to make more of my own clothes (exciting!) They have great material too. I am going to use the dark navy linen to make my Top #64.

The Camber set pattern can be made into a simple dress or t-shirt! Double whammy. If you look after the patterns well you can re-use it so you can make make make!

003 draw

Sketchbook pages from Whitstable 

We are currently working with Nous Vous  on our edition work at uni. Their work is super great. I’ve chosen to do my  project on the seaside towns near my hometown. I love the british seaside, the arcades, candy floss, fish & chips, funfairs and the architecture. I’ve chosen to keep my project idea quite simple, because I feel like if I over complicate things I will end up not producing as much as I should. I chose the seaside because it is something that I have grown up with and also something I can generate a lot of work from! I always feel like there is a pressure with coming up with something original  or really conceptual at art school, but at the moment I like simplifying things down and keeping things basic. 

For this project I want to:

~Produce a screen printed book of the people of Whitstable
~Make ceramic boats/pots/fish/plates
+ lots more making

Sunday, 23 February 2014

002 draw

Colouring pencil drawings from Whitsable (of people from Whitstable) 

002 things

~ Bric a Brac finds at the Pilgrims Hospice charity shop ~

My personal favourites are the Poole Pottery mustard yellow milk jug and the french jar with the red plastic lid, super cute! 

 (plus 3 more blue glass tumblers and another jar with red lid) 

All together: £14.30 

Friday, 21 February 2014

001 playlist

Ya Hey ~ Vampire Weekend
French Navy ~ Camera Obscura 
Up All Night ~ Best Coast
Losing You ~ Solange
Cayman Islands ~ Kings Of Convenience 
Ride With The Tide ~ Emilie Mover 
Ruin ~ Cat Power
Nothing ~ Drenge 
Step Out ~ Jose Gonzalez 
La Vie En Rose ~ Louis Armstrong
Bohemian Like You ~ The Dandy Warhols 
Everyday Robots ~ Damon Albarn
Hi-Five ~ Angel Olsen 
Jerk Ribs ~ Kelis 
The Storm ~ World of Twist 
Possessed ~ Eagulls 
Carrot Rope ~ Pavement 
Farewell Appalachia ~ Stornoway 

001 photo

Photos from mooching around in the Lake District. 

001 eat

~ Chocolate Pop-tarts ~
(Recipe taken from New York Cult Recipes by Mark Grossman - amazing book!)

Makes 9 Small Pop-tarts (I made mine even smaller and ended up with 12, whoops!)

Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus cooling
Refrigeration time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes

~ Dough ~
125g cold unsalted butter, diced
250g plain (all-purpose) flour + 3 teaspoons cocoa power 
½  teaspoon salt 
25g icing sugar
2½ tablespoons cold water
1½ teaspoons lemon juice

~ Chocolate Ganache ~
70 ml thin (pouring) cream
30g unsalted butter
120g chocolate, cut into pieces

~  Glaze ~ 
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water

~ Frosting ~
1-2 tablespoons boiling water
225g icing sugar
85g raspberry jam
chocolate sprinkles or hundreds and thousands, for sprinkling

The dough
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a food processor or knife. Next, incorporate the water and lemon juice by hand until you have a smooth dough. Roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 

The chocolate ganache
In a saucepan, heat the cream and butter over a medium heat until they come to the boil. Add the pieces of chocolate. Remove from the heat and let it melt for 1 minute. Stir with a spatula until smooth. The ganache is enough to fill nine Pop-Tarts.

Shaping the dough
Preheat the oven to 180° (350°F/Gas 4). On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 3 mm ( ⅛ inch) thick, then cut into 18 small rectangles of the same size and place half of them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. 
Flatten the edges of the rectangles slightly with a floured finger, then place 3 teaspoons of filling in the middle of each, being careful to stay away from the edges. Moisten the edges of the rectangles with the filling with your finger and top each one with another rectangle of dough. Avoiding pressing down on the filling in the middle, close the edges by pressing them lightly with a floured finger, and then seal them by pressing more firming with a fork. Trim the excess dough and, using a sharp knife, make small incisions in the top.

Combine the egg yolk and water and brush this mixture over the rectangles. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until they are well browned. Allow them to cool

In a bowl, combine the water and sugar until smooth. Using a brush or spoon, spread this frosting on the Pop-Tarts. Sprinkle over the decorations. For the raspberry frosting, heat the raspberry jam, strain it to removes the seeds and use this coulis instead of the hot water in the plain frosting

~ Pop-tart princesses top tips ~

- Don’t overwork the dough
- Sieve the icing sugar for the frosting (this avoids lumpy bumpy frosting)
-  Use a bain-marie when making the ganache, this avoids the chocolate becoming grainy and yucky
- Cut the baking paper into individual little rectangles for each Pop-tart - just a nice little presentation tip! 


Thursday, 20 February 2014

001 draw

I painted a whale and made it wink (obviously)

001 things

Some nice things of mine (personal favourite is Ben Howard’s setlist from Shepherds Bush)


Recent Illustration graduate from Camberwell College of Arts. I am interested in documenting real life events through the medium of drawing. This blog is a collection of my personal work and interests, including printmaking, photography from my travels, sketchbook work, playlists and stuff I cook! 

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