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Smash Fashion ! Embrace Style!


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I never thought I’d have this experience

 

Can you believe I’ve just put on a catwalk show? I’m still reeling.

To kick  off CHROMOPHILIA , the exhibition co curated and featuring the work of Fabulous Fashionista,  Sue Kreitzman and other amazing outsider artists who work with a vivid palette, I was asked to organise a catwalk show of my very colourful, upcycled and bespoke clothing . A big challenge, you may say, since this clothing thing is really very new to me. It’s been a year since I first met Sue, and life has turned upside down and back to front, and I’m loving it!

Well, I like a challenge, so with a two week deadline, I set to work coming up with a collection of clothes that would work together , both upcycled and ready to wear. I asked the women I had already made bespoke pieces for if any of them would be interested in modelling their garments on the evening, and I’m pleased to say I had a very good response. I make clothes for very lovely people. What a pleasure it is!

Then ensued two weeks of early rising, late to bed, obsessive work. I realised just how obsessed I could be one day when I realised I was sitting naked at my sewing machine. Good job my studio is high up and I had remembered to close my curtains…

I worked right up until a few hours before we had to leave for the show. The paint on one coat was only just dried and heat set. Talk about last minute dot com .

I was lucky to be working alongside the wonderful performance costume artist , Ann Sophie Cochevelou who had models dressed in her spectacular wearable art as well as Amy ‘Synth’ Kingsmill who gave us a taste of surrealism when she performed her living doll act. The wonderful Miss Baby Sol enraptured the audience with her beautiful voice and charismatic performance and Mervyn Diese balanced off the night with his spoken word piece about colour /politics and the eco system.

The theme of the catwalk show was Anti Fashion /Pro Style and as luck/serendipity would have it, we would be kicking off on the eve before London Fashion Week started. What a coincidence… or was it?

Fashion tells you what to wear, style asks how you’d like to express yourself.

Here are some fabulous pictures of some fabulous people expressing themselves. Enjoy.

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As Sue so famously says , ‘Don’t wear beige, it might kill you!”

I think these people are immortals now.

I hope to be able to do this all again soon.

 

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Join the Colour Revolution!


I’ve been busy making since I last blogged. Sorry for the gap between posts, I really am not good at keeping you all updated. I admit I’d much rather be sweating it out at the sewing machine or getting busy with a paintbrush than typing at a keyboard.

But, a lot has happened since my last blog post. Firstly, I was really honoured to have my work featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine, courtesy of my friend, the Fabulous Fashionista ,  Sue Kreitzman. Sue was on the coverIMAG2181_1 wearing a gorgeous Lauren Shanley creation, and on the inside feature, she was wearing a kimono I made for her featuring her own artwork.

Style insideWhat a joy and a privilege!

I’ve since gone on to make a few more kimonos , but short, jacket style ones all in my signature bright colours.

I made one for a very special friend, a Zimbabwean designer, who lives in Nottingham and has won many awards for her incredible accessory designs. Her name is Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri and her company’s name is Vanhu Vanmwe  Do look her up, her bags are just incredible. Her kimono features her love of inspirational women , Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba amongst others. Here is her finished kimono:

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Another was made for a very special friend called Clare, who runs an amazing company Big Love Sista CiC who’s mission is to inspire women , young and not so young to believe in themselves through the power of art. I couldn’t love this woman more. Her kimono was made with her own images of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the back and a painting of Eve on the front. An image of Frida Kahlo with a sacred heart completes the piece, along with lots of vibrant poppies, embroidered and embellished with gold thread.

IMAG2147 IMAG2148 IMAG2149 IMAG2151 IMAG2153 IMAG2157Along with these, I’ve made three other kimonos that are looking for new homes. There is a Frida Kahlo inspired one, and two with beautiful Macaw parrots as the theme. Here are the images. They are all a free size ( will fit up to about size 22/24 ) and they cost £180. A bespoke piece costs £225. If interested, do email me on thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com for more details.

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If you are a more of a cape person than a kimono person, I make those too… either waist length or hip length. Here are two I made earlier:Frida cape 2 Frida cape1 IMAG1266_1 IMAG1265_1So if you are bored of this bland world and you want to raise a smile , join the colour revolution !

 

Wrapping beautiful, stylish, unique women in art


This blog post is not about fashion. Fashion in my mind is more to do with status than expression. This post is about style and about originality and art,  it is to celebrate diversity and beauty found in being fearless and expressing yourself.

The clothes I make for unique individuals, are a collaboration. I start off with suggestions from the client, I try to gain a feel of what the client is about: colour preferences, ideologies, and favourite imagery. One proviso, though, I do not do beige or pastel colours. It is just not something that I could make work. I’m all about vibrancy and passion which I do not feel is reflected in beige and pastel. This is why I’m very drawn to the beautiful kento batik african fabrics as they are bold and brave and sometimes quite eccentric in the printed  imagery chosen, which suits my taste right down to the ground. I’m in the process of making myself a dress  with fabric covered in prawns, yes prawns…

Isn't it just fabulous?

Isn’t it just fabulous?

I thought it was about time to share some of the wonderful pictures  from my delightful friends /clients who have shared the moment when they first wear their piece of wearable art. They are priceless. There will be more, this is , hopefully an ongoing perk of making wearable art for unique individuals.

 

Sue Kreitzman, Fabulous Fashionista wearing Diane Goldie , c.Art in Sunday Times Style magazine

My very first client, Fabulous Fashionista Sue Kreitzman wearing her portrait kimono for the Sunday Times Style magazine shoot. Sue remains an inspiration and has become a dear friend whom I treasure.

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Cassandra in her very sleek fitting Frida pencil dress. Oh how beautiful she looks!

 

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Beautiful Anne Marie in her Wonderwoman dress. She is quite the wonderwoman in real life too!

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The brief was Wonderwoman , pink and Cat Woman . Two divas on one dress, hmm, that would have resulted in a bit of a struggle, so Cat Woman was symbolised by the leopard print side panels.

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I think she looks spectacular! I hope it makes her feel like Wonderwoman when she wears it.

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Amazing Kate in her Frida’ Hummingbird’ dress . Kate is not only beautiful, but smart and free spirited . She loves dragon flies and dandelions.

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The brief was autumnal colours with a pop of red and orange, dandelions, Frida and dragonflies. Kate also requested a co-ordinating wrap. I wish I had Kate’s beautiful flame red hair…

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This short cape was created for Lolo Moniasse, a model and muse. She inspires me . The theme was ‘Elements’ and features air, fire, earth and water.

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Lolo is not only physically beautiful, but incredibly spiritual and quietly radiates a wonderful warm energy that inspires and soothes in equal measures.

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Her short cape features a double portrait of herself, based on a photo by Simon Fairclough on the front and an original portrait by myself on the back, featuring Lolo’s fascinating scarification patterns.

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Beautiful, original and unique. The capes not bad too…

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This is another of my muses, my dear friend Marnie Scarlet. modelling her portrait tote bag based on a photo by Helene Jaspers. Without Marnie’s inspiration c.Art would have never existed. Love you Marnie.

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Here is another one of Marnie’s bags a quite bonkers pink Nelephant bag based on photos by Tigz Rice Studios.

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This is the back of the portrait bag, this side features an image based on the photo taken by Mark Lloyd of M L Imagery of the wonderful person who embodies living art, Marnie Scarlet.

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Visionary artist and brilliantly bonkers beautiful human being. Miz Thang I love you! Miz Thang sent me a plain white tux jacket all the way from the States and here she is rocking the transformed version. The brief? Well, it’s Frida Kahlo .

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Here’s Miz Thang again, wearing a cape I made for her based on her own incredible paintings of Circus Freaks. It had to be one of my favourite pieces to make .

There will be more posts like this, oh boy. How excited and privileged am I to do this?

Links and contact details

Sue Kreitzman

Marnie Scarlet

ML Imagery: mlimagery@gmail.com

Helene Jaspers

Tigz Rice Studios

Cassandra  http://www.thelondonbootcampcompany.com/

Lolo Moniasse

Miz Thang

 

To join us on the c.Art wearable journey, get in touch with me via my website or on my Facebook page or email me on thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com or send me a message via the contact form below.

By the way, you don’t have to be female…

Heaven and Hell (the wearable art way)


So I was  invited to a very special friend’s 40th birthday bash recently. The theme was Monsters.

I looked around my wardrobe to see what I could wear to this auspicious occasion and it dawned on me: I  had been so busy making wearable art and alternative fashion  for other bright and creative  people that I  had forgotten to represent the wearable art ethos in my own clothing. That had to be changed. Clearly I had to make myself something to wear.

I decided on a Heaven and Hell theme. Plenty of scope for monsters there, I  thought. I do like  a bit of contrast in a theme , and well, you don’t get more of a contrast that that!

I had sourced a few second hand t shirts from a local charity shop that had been printed with Hindu Gods and Goddesses so I used the images from those unwanted garments as my jump off point. I had found the most amazing lime green and gold african batik print  fabric at my local Brixton fabric shop that I was itching to use.

A simple pattern of shift dress and bolero top was the beginning. I cut out the beautiful fabric along with some bright pink lining ( nothing like lime green and shocking pink to make your eyes water in a wonderful way) and got to work.

I appliqued the Hindu goddess onto the front of the dress and painted a fierce Buddhist  evil god that I had sourced in a book of monsters that I had at home ,Heavenhell pocket2 he would do nicely for the hell aspect of the dress. Then I appliqued flames all around the hemline of the dress. Fire burning up from hell! I decided to use my favourite monster image of Medusa ( the classic Caravaggio painting) on the front of the bolero. I painted the image then appliqued it to the front of the bolero, along with big red droplets that came from another wonderful piece of African batik  to symbolise the blood spurting from Medusa’s head. ( Nice monster touch there…) Then I appliqued some horses that I had sourced from yet another African batik ( can you tell I like African fabrics?) and added white wings to magically transform them into flying Pegasus. Enough text. You want to see pictures don’t you?

heaven and hell outfit heaven and hell outfit 1And here’s me wearing it

meme in heavenI rather like this look. I think I shall make more wearable art for me to wear too!

The party was great ! The outfit admired by all.

When the Fabulous Fashionista and dear friend, Sue Kreitzman saw this outfit, she immediately requested something similar on a coat for her. Well how could I refuse?

The previous coat I had made for her, the Frida Kahlo themed one Sue Frida 5had been made with the same beautiful lime green and gold african batik print ( although only bits of it show through with all the decoration on it) so I thought I would try the same theme but on different fabric.

Just as well, actually as the lime green and gold fabric was so popular that they had completely sold out at the shop. ( Nasseri fabrics in Brixton) Part of the beauty of African Batik is that it is done in limited runs and is ever changing .

I found this incredible and rather psychadelic fabric in blue and shocking pink that had what appeared to be heavenly bodies interconnected in the Universe , printed on it. Well that’s what it said to me. So I thought, I’m sure I can use that.

So I set to work appliqueing and painting on a bigger and better version of my outfit. I decided that such a grand theme warranted a grand shape , so I worked with the classic Emperor kimono shape with it’s beautiful sweeping sleeves.

Here is the finished piece. I think it turned out nicely. h& H2 h&H1 h&H3IMAG1211 IMAG1212 IMAG1213_1_1 IMAG1216_1 IMAG1218_2 IMAG1221_1_1

 

If you are inspired to take up the challenge of wearing your own piece of wearable art, I’m available to take orders ( there is a waiting list) . Head over to my website www.iheartcart.com to see more of what I do or email me direct on

thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com and put wearable art in the subject box.

Making Fabulous Fashion for a Fabulous Fashionista


My oh my , how I’ve been busy! I’ve barely had time to breathe since I started on this path of making wearable art for the wonderful woman  and Fabulous Fashionista , Sue Kreitzman. Sue Mami Wata

Since I wrote my last blog post, I’ve made so many more pieces , I think I shall just post pictures and let them do the talking.

Since my last blog post, I’m terribly sad to report that the purple coat that I customised for Sue with her portrait on the back

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( pictured on cctv cameras in the gallery)

when it was on exhibition at the quirky and exciting gallery/cafe Cult Mountain in Shoreditch.  If you recognise these men please contact the police as the theft has been reported. Who knows what prompted someone to steal such an identifiable piece. Who would wear a coat with the person’s portrait on the back that you stole it from? It makes no sense.

Sigh.

I suppose I can say that a piece of my art has achieved notoriety. I’m going to make another portrait coat for Sue  and try to make it even better. Frida shirt front h& H2 h&H1 h&H3 Sue Frida 4 Sue Frida 5 Sue frida shirt 1 Sue Mami Wata Back of jacket IMAG1047_1 purple Sue Sue's frida back Sue's Frida detail Sue's Frida pocket 2 Sue's Frida pocket1 Sue's Frida shirt back Sue's new jacket Sues frida Mami Wata in sunSo there you have it, pictures of the work I’ve been doing, making wearable art for fabulous people.

 

There’s still more to come.

 

To view a full collection of what I’ve made thus far , do head over to my Facebook page : www.facebook.com/c.Artbags

My website , if you fancy having a look is www.iheartcart.com

I love my life.

 

Collage: grown up sticking


I work with young children in my day job as a London Children’s entertainer. I like to keep my inner child alive so I can relate to my little clients in a non- patronising way, playing with them rather than for them.

I remember the joy of ‘sticking’ at nursery and primary school: little balls of tissue paper , dried pasta , feathers, sparkly glitter and sequins and bright coloured buttons and magazine paper. There is something quite marvellous about creating art by sticking stuff down. A good part of the joy is peeling off the glue that remains on your hands when you are done. Or is that just me?

Collage to my mind is just a grown up extension of this joy. Try a spot of collage one day, see if it doesn’t take you straight back to a happier time.

I’ve done a few figure studies using newspaper, painted torn up sheets of paper and lots of glue. Sometimes I drew over the top, sometimes it’s just left.

See what you think.

Love the toes in this

Study in greys

Study in yellow

The figure is there somewhere?

 

 

Life in Colour


More painting, this time stuff I did at Morley College a while back. Some of it experimental, all of it bright.

Reclining nude collage

Patterns and body

The three graces

Reclining male

Abstract legs

Green leg

Being in field

Body and pattern

In a red haze

Red mist

Who says men don't look good in pink?

Meditation in Green

To be continued.

 

 

Self In Colour


Anyone that knows me, will attest to the fact that I’m very partial to colour. My love affair with colour was fuelled with an early start in the bright blue skies of Africa ,(I write about this here Out of Africa) and my home is filled with vivid hues and jewel-like colours. ( Have a look here).

I also paint and draw in not a very subtle way. I like vivid. I’m not grey skies and subtle shades , I’m in your face colour clash and passion. I know no other way.

 

Watercolour self-portrait

Oil pastel angry self

Oil paint hiding self

Watercolour me