Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Sewing Room

Despite the past week or so being sad with the news of the Orlando shooting & Jo Cox, as well as some personal sadness the Ginge & I have had to go through, I seem to have, somehow, found a new spring in my step! I have been sketching more at home and my sketches have actually been turning out as I planned which makes me very happy. I also think my venture into poster design has fuelled some of the creative fire I'm feeling at the moment. So yesterday I headed over to my parent's house to do some more sewing.

As mentioned here I moved out of my parent's house a couple of months ago as Ginge & I became the very proud owners of our first home together. My brother had also moved out of our family home a couple of month's beforehand. but whilst my old bedroom remains as a bedroom, my brother's room has been turned into a sewing/laundry room. Although it doesn't really look particualrly inspiring at the moment I love having a place where I can easily use my sewing equipment without getting in anyone's way, and being completely able to focus on my projects without worrying about having to pack away things halfway through or my creations inevitably having things spilt on them! 
So I was inspired by some posts on By Gum By Golly to give an insight into my little sewing haven.

Despite the photo, the room is actually pretty light and I have enough room to move about and easily press things. My mannequins (Named Lady & Manny, for obvious reasons!) currently live in the wardrobe which is on the left of the chest or drawers, with the fabric for any projects I am currently working on.

My vintage sewing machine sits waiting for me to finally getting round to restoring her!

One of my many sewing boxes! This one's full of beads & embellishments.

My new sewing machine - Janome DC3050. I'm still getting used to using it, but it sews beautifully!

After  I took these photo's I actually started sorting out my equipment, giving things their new places in cupboards and drawers, as well as organising my pattern blocks into a file and sorting all my threads into colour groups (why I didn't do that sooner I don't know!).

I would love to eventually bring all of my old patterns down from the loft and file them properly so they are easy to access. It would be great to have a inspirational pin board too, but I do have to remember that it's still a room in my parent's house and it's not just me using this room!

On Saturday I managed to finish the project I was working on as well as doing some organising and sorting of my equipment, so it felt like a very productive day.

I'm buzzing with ideas at the moment and I can't wait to get started on them. I have a lot planned for later on in the year, but I normally post mini snap shots of my projects on Instagram or Twitter if you want to see what I'm up too.

Have a good week!

Em x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Where I become a poster designer

It was one of those nights last night when you finally get home from a very uninspiring day at work wanting to make the most of your Friday night but you're so tired all you want to do is go to bed.
My job relies heavily on the use of Adobe Illustrator and occasionally Photoshop so I basically stare at a screen from 9-5 everyday (as with most people's jobs nowadays!). So normally the last thing I want to do when I get home is get straight back on the laptop. But that is exactly what I did last night. I postponed my plans to immediately get into bed when I got in and got to work on the poster I had promised to make Ginge for a gig he is putting on in our local area. 

As per usual Ginge was very vague in what he wanted for this poster so my brief consisted of "Err.. I dunno... a beer bottle maybe. But not all of it" and the gig details scribbled down on an envelope! After a bit of research (Pinterest, obvs!), I got to work. 

I was taught the basics of the Illustrator whilst at university, and got more used to it in my previous job, but the majority of my skills are self taught. I subscribe to the "What happens if I click this" and "I'll google it" working practice! At work I mainly use Illustrator to create flat working drawings of garments, and using fills to show fabrics and colours etc, so while I have a good working knowledge of the programme there is so much more that it can be used for! I would love to go on an Illustrator & Photoshop course to improve my skills, but for now there are loads of tutorials online you can dip in and out of depending what you are trying to create. 

The poster took me a couple of hours to create from scratch and I'm pretty damn pleased with the results!

I looked through a couple of online tutorials on how to create the beer bottle and matched that with a bit of creative license. Despite being super tired I got really into this project and loved creating something on Illustrator that had absolutely NOTHING to do with my job!

So there we have my rock 'n' roll Friday night!

Hopefully this gig goes well and there are more events I can test my poster-designing skills out on
But for now, if you're in the local area, feel free to pop down and have a drink & a dance with us... see the poster for details! Haha!

Em x