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where has summer gone

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Is it just me, or is anyone else who lives in the North of England becoming increasing frustrated with the lousy weather we have been having?! I’m not particularly a fan of hot climates with having skin that requires at least a good factor 50 abroad, but I do love sunny days and I can’t remember the last time we had one of those in Manchester. I have resorted to spending my Saturday having a sort out of my bags upon bags of fabric remnants I have lying around and have chucked a good bin bag full away – whatever possessed me to buy a meter of stretchy PVC type stuff and flurescent green netting I’ll never know …! I’ll be moving back home from my flat in Manchester in 2 weeks to my parent’s house before I’m off to University in Huddersfield at the end of September, so I really must start having a clear out of all the rubbish I collect.

I just wanted to share with you a couple of photos I took last Saturday when I took my mum to see Hairspray at the Manchester Opera House. The tickets were a treat for my mum’s 50th Birthday and was a lovely Mother Daughter afternoon. I really recommend seeing the show if you get the opportunity to do so; it is colourful, energetic and very camp. What else would you expect from a musical!?

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say hello to: lloyd evans

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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This week Style On The Run caught up with a very talented surface pattern designer, Lloyd Evans. Lloyd manages to achieve the rare balance between edgy and whimsical in his designs whilst always being current and relevant. Together with Sarah Wade who has previously been featured here at SOTR, Lloyd runs their company Design House Studios and works as an artist and illustrator. Both Lloyd and Sarah are very talented and are genuinely lovely people, read on to find out more!

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1.Name, Age (only if you want to give this away…!), Location.
Lloyd Evans, 28, Ipswich

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …? (biggest achievements, education, etc)

I graduated from Northampton University in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. During this period my work began to focus on patterns and rhythms, something that is still evident in my work today. After graduating I went on to practice as an artist, working from Stowmarket Artist Studios in Suffolk. I exhibited throughout the UK both in joint and solo exhibitions. Alongside working as an artist, I have also worked in other fields such as graphic design, interior design and surface pattern. In May 2006 I seized the opportunity to take up an artist residency in Venice, Italy. This experience provided me with new technical knowledge as well as giving me a wealth of inspiration. I was also able to travel throughout Italy and study many works in cities such as Florence, Rome and Naples. During this time I rediscovered my love of drawing, which is still evident in my current surface pattern work; this combines hand-drawn icons with digital media. Since my return to the UK I have been focusing on producing surface patterns for home furnishing, wallpaper, fashion and other applications.

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3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Hand-drawn, Fun, Eclectic, Vibrant, Current.

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the great prints you design?
The inspiration for my work largely comes from everyday life. If ever I’m stuck I just pick up a pen and sketchbook, look around and start drawing. I believe that everything can be inspiring, from magazines, architecture and fashion, to nature, film and art. Artists that I admire include Gary Hume, Ian Davenport, Fiona Rae, Nigel Cook, Peter Doig, Sam Francis and David Hockney.

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5. Please describe a typical day for you?
The life of a self-employed illustrator is vary varied, meaning that there is hardly a typical day. Assuming I’m creating some new designs my day usually begins by brainstorming some ideas over a cup of tea. I usually work on a couple of designs at once, to begin with I’ll think about what icons would be suitable for the themes I’m working on. Then I will do some quick thumbnail sketches to figure out how the designs might work, and what icons I’ll need. Next I will have another cup of tea and spend the morning drawing up these icons, which will then be scanned, so that I can then go on to work on them in Illustrator and Photoshop. Often I will be working late into the evening, this is something you have to be prepared to do if you are self-employed, but if you love what you do then this is never a problem, frequent tea breaks also help. It’s no wonder that some of my latest designs have been teacups and teapots!

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6. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business in the creative industry?
Learn from others! Before setting up on your own I would advise people to get some experience working in a design studio. Try and get involved in as many aspects of the job as possible, when you set up on your own you are not only a designer but an art-worker, sales rep, administrator and even an accountant! Any opportunity you have to develop your skills in areas you are unfamiliar with should be taken.

I would also take advantage of any free courses that are run by Business Link or the Inland Revenue in your area, these short half-day courses will help you learn about such things as how to set up a company or paying your tax. They are also a good opportunity to network with other likeminded people who are setting up a business, you never know who might need a business card or a website designing.

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7. Are you following any blogs at the moment that you recommend?
I have been reading printpattern for a long time, this is a great resource for looking at current trends in surface pattern design. More recently I have discovered urbansketchers which shows the sketchbook work of a number of invited artists, from architects, illustrators to web developers and painters. This blog is a real gem, drawing on location is a passion of mine and often artist’s sketchbooks remain as private documents, but here you can see what people from around the world are up to.

8. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
Me and my partner Sarah have just finishing updating our website, we have tweaked the look and layout of the site, as well as uploading some new designs that we have been developing over the past few weeks. You can find us at www.designhousestudios.co.uk.

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i heart blogs, and i think you do too!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I love blogs and if you are reading this then I’m sure you probably have a thing for them as well! It seems some bloggers have been at it for years (blogging that is…!) and I sometimes feel me and my little blog arrived to the party a little too late. It was about 12 months ago that I first started reading blogs regularly and it took a further 6 months before I plucked up the courage to start my own. I was instantly drawn in to the sheer creativity that can be achieved and adored seeing fashion, design and style edited in a way unseen in most magazines. The content was, and still continues to be, raw and real.

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I want to dedicate this post to those of you who are on the verge of starting your own little piece of style literature. Please don’t be tempted to use the same excuses that I allowed myself to believe. The ‘I don’t really have time to keep up a blog’ and the ‘I don’t think anybody will find what I have to say interesting’. The hardest part is the first post. Once you have got past that then the rest is easy, try it and see for yourself! And make sure you come back and tell me about your fabulous new blog so I can add you to the Style On The Run blogroll, everyone’s welcome!

a little something i made earlier

Monday, July 26th, 2010

GRACE SHERRIFF 1 a little something i made earlier

GRACE SHERRIFF a little something i made earlier

GRACE SHERRIFF 21 a little something i made earlier

I’ve been meaning to put these photos up for aaages of this little DIY I did a few weeks ago… I’ll be posting how to make this easy peasy lace crop top tomorrow!

say hello to: Lauren Moore

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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I am very excited to be featuring an inspiring young woman who manages to balance studying with running her own online vintage clothing store, Streaking Scarlett. Lauren tells Style On The Run all about running her vintage store and her thoughts on the future of vintage clothing. Be sure to check out her store here for great vintage pieces at purse friendly prices!

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Please give a brief bio of yourself and your company?
I’m a 22 year old tea drinking fashion addict art student. Currently living & studying in Manchester.

Streaking Scarlett Vintage is a small online eBay shop selling trendsetting statement vintage pieces from past eras for today’s fashion loving girls.

Why did you decide to set up a business specialising in vintage clothing?
It just kind of happened for me; I inherited a load of my Nan’s old clothes and decided to put them up on eBay. The shop has grown from here. I’m really surprised at how popular the shop has become, it’s really exciting.

What qualities do you think makes a garment a great addition to your shop?
I think it is important to sell items in the shop that are wearable for today’s generation, picking out statement pieces that can be worn with ease.

What is your favourite era for clothing and why?
I’d have to say the 60’s it’s that whole bohemianism spirit of the era that I just adore. I love all those romantic dress with large bell sleeves and covered in pretty lace.

What would a typical day for you include?
Waking up around mid morning, kick starting the day with a cup of tea then hit the emails. Check my day plan in my diary and then depending on the day I usually take a trip to the local post office, maybe alter some pieces or do some listings.

What do you think the future of vintage clothing holds, and are there any pieces that you would recommend people hold onto in their wardrobes?

I think vintage will continue to be popular. I would say hold onto anything from a designer; any one-offs from collections like Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop and those staple well made pieces like pretty dresses and coats/jackets. Also hold onto any vintage pieces you own in your wardrobes, as they will only increase in value with age though you’ll need to preserve them well!

Are there any blogs that you’re loving reading at the moment?
Be frassy, Bohemian Musings and Celladoor!

Finally, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
My blog and my shop – enjoy!

Please give a brief bio of yourself and your company?

I’m a 22 year old tea drinking fashion addict art student. Currently living & studying in Manchester.

Streaking Scarlett Vintage is a small online eBay shop selling trendsetting statement vintage pieces from past eras for today’s fashion loving girls.


Why did you decide to set up a business specialising in vintage clothing?

It just kind of happened for me; I inherited a load of my Nan’s old clothes and decided to put them up on eBay. The shop has grown from here. I’m really surprised at how popular the shop has became it’s really exciting.


What qualities do you think makes a garment a great addition to your shop?

I think it is important to sell items in the shop that are wearable for today’s generation, picking out statement pieces that can be worn with ease.

What is your favourite era for clothing and why?

I’d have to say the 60’s it’s that whole bohemianism spirit of the era that I just adore. I love all those romantic dress with large bell sleeves and covered in pretty lace.

Where do you find your great pieces?

I’m really sorry but I’ve rather keep that one a secret.


What would a typical day for you include?

Waking up around mid morning, kick starting the day with a cup of tea then hit the emails. Check my day plan in my diary and then depending on the day I usually take a trip to the local post office, maybe alter some pieces or do some listings.


What do you think the future of vintage clothing holds, and are there any pieces that you would recommend people hold onto in their wardrobes?

I think vintage will continue to be popular. I would say hold onto anything from a designer; any one off’s from collections like Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop and those staple well made pieces like pretty dresses and coats/jackets. Also hold onto any vintage pieces you own in your wardrobes, as they will only increase in value with age. (you’ll need to preserve them well).

sketchbook progress

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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One lazy lazy night for me. I had planned on getting a couple more pages in my sketchbook for Anthropologie completed but somehow only managed my colour palette page, oops! Luckily, I have a 3 day weekend so will hopefully be more productive with this project over the next few days.

I also have a couple of ’say hello to’ features ready to write up and get posted so make sure you come back soon to read all about the job roles of three completely different creative people and their inspirations!

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