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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 !

 

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Forget Fashion, Embrace Style!


What is fashion?

 

Fashion, is it about wearing clothes to make you look good?

Could  it about fitting in to the current trend so that you feel comfortable in your surroundings? Is it a demonstration of personal taste and status? Maybe fashion is more about demonstrating your youth and desirability by wearing current trends ?

It’s definitely not just about wearing clothes. There is an entire industry built up around fashion that relies on first making us ( mostly women but increasingly these days, men)  feel insecure so that the marketing forces can sell us something : make up/ plastic surgery/ perfume /and yes, fashion.

I’ve never been one for fashion per se. I can’t stand the wastefulness of current trends that throw away perfectly good clothes just because someone has dictated them to be ‘so last year daaahling’.

But I do love clothes and dressing up and colour. Oh I so do…me Colourful me me in heaven me in dressI’m wearing the most incredible pop surreal millinery  on my head, by the wonderful Bink of Pearls and Swine. Do check her stuff out, it’s INCREDIBLE!  The dresses I make myself. If you fancy one made for you , get in touch. I can make your vision of yourself happen.

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Fashion is targeted mainly at youth, no surprise there, as youth is perceived in our society as the ultimate symbol of beauty. I can’t deny that youth is beautiful all on it’s own. There is no need to gild the lily of youth.

Those of us who are a little, lets say , more mature , are usually forgotten in fashion. We do not count because we all know that women over a certain age become invisible , don’t they?

Or do they?

Well thanks to  Ari Seth Cohen and his Advanced Style blog, current thinking is starting to change. There is an ‘old lady’ revolution going on, but I prefer to call it a Goddess Revolution. My own personal inspiration is the Goddess Sue Kreitzman Sue Mami Watawho I  consider a dear friend and inspiration. An exponent of the wearable art movement, Sue doesn’t as much get dressed as curate herself. She is a walking work of art and a massive supporter of other artists and makers.  She is the Queen of colour and I am delighted and flattered to be currently making her garments of a decidedly colourful nature, featuring hand painted images of her own artwork that are appliqued and embroidered and sometimes painted directly onto the garment itself. ( This picture features a garment I made based on the Mami Wata theme, featuring Sue’s artwork once again).

This past Sunday , I was honoured to be part of the feature in the Sunday Times Style magazine where Sue was wearing one of my wearable art  kimonos that I recently made for her.  The cover features a splendid jacket by the very wonderful Lauren Shanley. My garment is the one in the feature. Style Cover Style inside style mag copy

Sue toothy3 Sue toothy2 Sue toothy1So I say forget the fear of being different, bat away the stuff they feed us to make us insecure. Age isn’t something to fear, it’s something to be embraced! The only reason fashion changes every season is to make us buy more stuff… think about that . Dig deep inside yourself and discover your real style. It’s lurking there somewhere.  Find it , then once you find it, just flaunt it. Because daahling, we only live once. So let’s make it a fabulous , colourful , fearless life.

 

 

Beautiful handmade Bangles by a creative genius.


Wearable art is the future of fashion

Today I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with my dear friend Scorpio. He is a tall, striking man , stylish and gregarious, who is so talented, it is slightly intimidating. He’s also very humble , which is a very endearing quality.

Scorpio makes textile based artwork, sewing , appliqueing  and embroidering his pieces. He’s very inspired by the punk aesthetic , having worked alongside Vivianne Westwood for a period of time, but he also has a strong tribal and folk art streak. He makes gorgeous one off pieces of wearable art , be they clothing or accessories that are fastidiously and beautifully hand crafted. Scorpio and Hannah                  Here is Scorpio with the lovely Hana, Sue Kreitzman’s PA.

Today I bought this scrumptious piece of jewelry, a one off piece that is absolutely stunning. IMAG1348 IMAG1349_1 IMAG1351_1More of a cuff than a bangle, this is a large statement piece of jewelry, hand embroidered , hand beaded and mirrored and lined with rich blue velvet, it not only looks beautiful on my wrist but feels really cosy. This piece is mine. You can’t have it. But here are some other pieces he has made:

IMAG1337 IMAG1339 IMAG1341 IMAG1343 IMAG1345Each bangle is meticulously hand made with patchwork and beading, lined with velvet and edged with beads or cord for a beautiful finish. Each of these delightful pieces of wearable art are totally unique. If you’d like to purchase your own piece of wearable art, the larger bangles are £60 and the smaller, £40.

If you are interested, please email Scorpio directly at scorpiotheartist@gmail.com to arrange purchase.