Sunday, 6 December 2009

After looking through this blog and comparing it to my tumblr, apart from knowing that they are almost exactly the same, I realised that I do not seem to post much of the inspiration I get from things other than design. So, I thought I will remedy this by posting a photograph of a woman who inspires me very much so...The fabulous Dita Von Teese. I won't post as many photographs on here as I do on tumblr...Well maybe a few.

Anyway, enjoy!


Whilst in my tutorial on Friday I was shown a beautiful concertina book, it was named "A Little Book of Illustrations from the novel This Crippled Flesh" by Alice Smith, a graduate MA Design & Art Direction student from MMU. I love the styling of her illustrations, they are very individual and tackle the subject matter in an outspoken way.

The book was beautifully made, I should have taken a photogrpah of it at the time. Although it was the imagery that caught my eye, the typography was beautifully designed as well, it was not too eye catching that it took away from her beautiful images but it could stand it's own ground on the pages.

Overall, a lovely book that was so well made it gives me something to work towards.


I thought it would be nice to make my family Christmas presents this year but it turns out that I have so much university work to do that I don't have the time. However, I will power on through and somehow I will make all of these books and paintings I have planned...I must be mad.

I have also made the blanket stitched heart Christmas tree decorations, I am rather proud of them, even if I do say so myself. I do like to get a bit crafty.


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

This is how I am feeling at the moment….A little stunned and a little confused, my mind wanders and I can see myself on my graduation day wondering what I am going to do with my life.

With 3 weeks until we break up for Christmas I have so much to do. People asking ‘What ideas do you have Heather’ and how I am doing makes me want to go and hide in the dark for a little while.

But then I love what I am doing and some of my ideas are working…So onwards and upwards hopefully.

Oh! And what I beautifully eerie image.


A little quilling experiment from my paper promotion project.

It is a little bit too colourful in my opinion but using simple paper as a piece of art could work well. Maybe white quills on a black background or white on white.

Ohh more experiments tomorrow.


As it is the first of December today I had a mince pie for breakfast, made Christmas decorations with my housemates and now all I need to top the perfect Christmas themed day off is some mulled wine but alas, I do not have the wine or spices to create the tasty drink.

I will have to wait until I get my boyfriend to take me to the Christmas market so I can soak up the atmosphere whilst drinking the lovely wine.


Today we had a lovely lecture from Helen Murgatroyd, a design and art direction graduate from MMU.

I really loved her work, her presentation style was nice too, simple and unassuming, nothing pretentious just great, solid work. Helen has gone onto do an MA at the Royal College of Art in printmaking. Her work seems to have grown and formed into more experimental pieces, abstract and interesting. Although I definitely do not want to do an masters it was insightful to hear about her experience and how she has become more practiced in her work. A truly inspiring lecture.

I have displayed a piece of work that Helen was commissioned to do for Alice Russell.