Category Archives: inspiration

…And Our Home-made Lampshade

And this was our take on a lamp shade. I used napkins, cut them into bird shapes and glued a single layer onto the shade with diluted PVA. I then embroidered little details onto the lamp shade as well.

Inspiration: Tailored Mens Wear Trend in Women’s Fashion

Another image from my “Inspiration” folder. (Again without a source, sorry!):

I just love this image and to me, it illustrates a trend, that has lasted a long time now; the influence of classic tailored mens wear on women’s fashions. I had to make a shopping guide (a leaflet, that designers take with them on inspiration trips with all the trend research they’ve collected, predicting the trends for the coming season) in 2009, and that was a strong emerging trend then. I just googled and found these as well:

Mens wear inspired pieces are all over the high street, certainly here in Denmark, anyway. This waistcoat demonstrates well how a classic mens wear item, becomes feminine with very little effort. The addition of the bow and the pleats on the pockets and of course the items you pair it with make all the difference. Then of course there are the shoes, a pair of flat brougues can dress down a pencil skirt or you can even get heeled ones:Next up, I reckon, are different takes on classic fringed boots (these are from Topshop):

 

It’s a style, that I continue to find very inspiring. I like the contrasts between the masculine and the feminine, and I find, that when you put something classically tailored for a man into a faminine context like this, it enhances the famininity.

Also, it is a trend easily adapted. -It can be dressy, casual, proffesional, or sexy.

Inspiration

I have a folder on my desk top named “Inspiration”. In it I store images I come across on the internet that spark some idea or that I am just drawn to. My intentions were to put the images on here, as I like the idea of having my inspiration and my different projects all in one place to be able to go back to as a kind of reference.

This picture I had to have a closer look at, as I am still in the proccess of furnishing my living room and the IQ lamp is the same one we’ve got as well as the colour scheme being nearly identical.

Some of the things I really like about this interior:

  • The book case (from Hay.dk), which looks a lot like the cheap diy store ones I had as a student. The colouring of the shelves however, make them much more interesting and underlines the simplicity of the construction (why didn’t I think of just painting mine like this at the time…)
  • That rug! I love the colours and the different sections and rectangles. It would force you to play around with alternative placement of the furniture and the expression would change so much with each one. I Its straight lines brings order to an otherwise quite whimsical and seemingly casual set-up.
  • The little stacks of books on the white walls…  -So cute and simple and a nice way of making a feature of the books.                                     I have been pulling my hair out recently with all my books and agonising over where on earth to put them! We have the ugliest (read cheapest!) book cases on the planet and cannot afford new ones and we simply do not have much wall space to create nice looking displays for them. Finally we have reverted to just putting them in our bedroom where at least they won’t be seen much by anyone other than ourselves. I have seen some good ideas for putting shelving up just under the ceiling along a corridor, giving the impression of a lowered section of ceiling (I think this would look even better with some nice spot lighting underneath), but our walls aren’t strong enough for this kind of set-up (don’t get me started on the crumbly walls and the never-ending search for the perfect raw plugs!!)

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Stitched Vogue Covers

I’ve sprained my ankle and have been forced to spend more hours on the sofa with my foot at ridiculous heights, than I would like. The upside to this, is the time I’ve had to read and browse through the internet on my phone. This is how I came across the fab embroidered pieces by photography student Inge Jacobsen.

Vogue magazine cross-stitched designs - Inge Jacobsen

The final year Kingston student have hand embroidered over three Vogue covers and other images for her final degree show in June, exploring such things as feminine culture and the link between leisure activities of her generation and those of previous generations. Also she says it is a way for her to “intervene into an exclusive world, I wasn’t a part of” in an interview with Vogue.com where her work has already been featured. Now that must be quite a confidence boost, just in time for your final exam / show!

Inge Jacobsen’s exploration into popular culture and the culture of mass produced imagery, picks up on several trends and themes and already have won great recognition online, and with the massive current trend for anything stitched, I would say watch this space and Inge, get ready to be copied on Etsy! Mind you, with each cover taking 40-50 hours to painstakingly punch holes and stitch, it may not be worth their while… It would add another dimension to the art though, wouldn’t it; Mass produced images turned into one-of-a-kind art, turned into mass-produced art… Time will tell. I certainly would frame these originals, though:-)

A little update

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I’ve been working on a fab freelance designjob involving lots of these little fellas: That’s right; bees! I’m designing some apiarist protective clothing for Swienty. You might think it’s random, but I think it’s amazingly interesting:-)

Also, I have a jobinterview for a fantastic job on Thursday (my stomach is already full of butterflies…) and basically all the time that’s left in my schedule is spent in our garden, enjoying the gorgeous weather with the kids, digging over  the veg beds and what have ‘ya. So on the creative front there’s not that much to report. Instead here’s a quick moodboard I did for a boys’ collection  recently. It had to have a nautical and Danish feel.  I love boys and their fantastical world of collecting everything in their pockets, coming up with amazing lego cars and creating the craziest storylines for their play. I also love watching my daughter and her friends, but there is something care-free and fun about boys that us girls just don’t have, don’t you think?

(Picture sources: Own stock and royalty free images from the web)

Knit what you’d expect!

I’ve had a soft spot for these poufs by Christien Meindertsma for a couple of years now.

I love the chunkyness of the wool (or cotton rope) and the way it shows off the knitted structure and pattern. I’ve knitted with wire, strips of plastic bags and other weird things for a project before and if I could get hold of some cotton rope, I’d love to have a go at structural things like this. (Also some of the colours of these would be perfect for our living room …just saying!)

And speaking of quirky knitted interior items, have a look at this spectacular lamp, which I really quite like. It’s called Poppy and is by Melanie Porter. Wouldn’t this really cheer you up on a cloudy day?

I’m not sure my husband would share my sentiments though…

Or what about these chairs also by Melanie Porter:

I think they would all look good in an eclectic interior or in a very streamlined white one, where they would stand out against the “blank canvas”

Inspiration on a Monday

On my way home from the shops the other day, I swung by a habour in a neighbouring village. Everything looked so pretty and rustic, so I just had to take some snaps, even though I only had my mobile phone camera to hand. I love finding inspiration outside like this.