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So, yesterday I pootled off to Manchester to have a nosey around the degree shows, and I thought I’d share a little bit of what I saw.

My favourite section was definitely the textiles, though I suppose I’m a bit biased. ‘Textiles For Fashion’ as it was titled (though I think it was previously BA Embroidery) was full of exciting and innovative work, great use of colour and some unusual materials and techniques.

Grace Hamilton – knitted chains, lovely colour!

Ashley Millward – beautiful, detailed embroidery, big metal elements contrasting with intricate stitch.

Leanne Richards – absolutely fantastic colour! Beautiful geometric designs, which were displayed as very cool bus seats!

Apparently I’m loving grey combined with citrus bright colours and geometics at the mo!

Thats that for today, but there’s some 3D design to come tomorrow…

Well done to all the graduates for such a fab and inspiring show!

Wow! Not blogged for aaaages! I need to become more regular again!

Anyways I recently began an embroidery project just because I miss sitting down and quietly making something. So the other day I was having a look around the internet for some exciting embroidery related to inspiration and I came across the wonderful Jenny Hart. I had seen her work before as they sell her Sublime Stitching patterns at Tatty Devine, but I had never seen her own work.

Here are some images of her crazy and bright embroidery:

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If I’m honest her portraits scare me a little, but they are pretty amazing and I loooove the detail and pattern that goes into it all.

Take a look at her website and blogs, Embroidery as Art and Sublime Stitching.

Right I’m off to get some stitching done…exciting! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Woop! Finally got my first set of Lomo photos developed…lots of them didnt come out…lots of them were a bit boring…these were good!

I like the soft quality of the photos, but next time I’m going to get some more exciting film and hopefully do some cross processing so they are more like the photos in my inital Lomo post 🙂

I found some fantastical paper manipulation today so I had to do another blog…oof two in one week! 🙂

Firstly its the Chanel Spring/Summer 09 catwalk show, now it seems that this is fairly oldish news but I hadnt seen it until today and its amaaaaazing…just WOW!  White paper flowers adorned every inch of the catwalk show. I wish I coulda been there, its like a paper wonderland!
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This final image appeals to me most as it is very similar to my own work  —>jealous<—
In all there were 7000 handmade paper flowers which took 4800 hours to make from 4000 square metres of white paper! *faints*

Irritatingly I cant for the life of me find the exact artist who inspired me to write this blog! I’ll have another look tomorrow and make an edit…

However whilst hunting for him I came across these equally wonderous paper cutters!

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Kako Ueda:
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I’ll add the guy I couldnt find tomorrow…for now I’m off to cut some paper!!!