College: Or the reason for months long absences

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So I’ve been gone a while.. And there is a reason, as much as this may sound like an excuse (it’s not) I’m now in art college! Surprise. The main cause of me neglecting this blog is time, both for creating new garments, photographing said garments and (ultimately) uploading these photos to the great and powerful internet.
I now spend a good ten hours a day in my studio (desk rather but studio sounds better) and I’m working full tilt on my project, which seems to consume my interests more and more with each day. Another important reason why time is proving to be such an issue is people, since going to college involves moving away from home and into student accommodation making friends is more of a necessity than ever and I’ve met a lot of new, crazy, passionate, creative and genuine people in the recent weeks. I’m in no ways saying that I didn’t know people such as these before but there is a difference when you are both living and working within such a close proximity. The whole atmosphere of this new place is always enticing and embracing, accepting both my rubbish dance moves and my often obsessive nature over my project. It is an entirely new lifestyle and I’m still trying to figure out where everything fits in (this blog included). While I’m still configuring all of this in my mind you can have a look at my college blog. As part of our grade we need to have an online visual notebook, in this case a tumblr account, and this is mine. Until then enjoy these late winter nights and warm cups of hot chocolate.

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Whimsical Creatives

My first creativity post, I cant wait to share this with you! As a person who gets inspired easily one of my favourite things is meeting or finding out about creative people. It was hard to choose just four people! These four are each to be highly noted. One artist, one fashion designer, one blogger and one literary figure. With these posts I’ll be trying to show both the new innovators and those whose careers have been part of people’s lives and childhoods. I’m also a bit of a history geek so I’ll be showing you both new pieces and early works. I want to put a bit of emphasis on Irish designers and artists too. I’ll include a song with some recommended tracks by that artist beside. With the preliminaries over enjoy the rest of the post!

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This first post has the a whimsical theme, either in the literal sense of Harry Clarke illustrating for fairy tales, or with Esther Boller having a general feel of whimsical in her blog. I hope you enjoy and if anyone has a particular theme or creative that you’d like to see leave a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Harry Clarke

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Harry Clarke was a famous Irish Illustrator during the early 1900’s. He studied in Dublin and won a national competition for his stained glass but later moved to London to work as an illustrator. Some of his most beautiful illustrations were for Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, he made 16 colour plates and a further 24 half-tone illustrations. He is also known for illustrating the work of Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. These two books led his career as an illustrator and led to much more work throughout the 1920’s. As he worked on illustration he also continued making stained glass. He created many pieces, mostly religious, and was renowned for his skill in drawing and use of colour, particularly deep blues. Some of his stained glass pieces can be seen at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Harry Clarke is my favourite illustrator because of the delicacy and intricacy of his work, the bright hues of his stain glass and the beauty that his art looks completely unique.

Alexander Mcqueen

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Alexander Mcqueen is one of the most innovative and creative fashion designers there is. He brought an entirely fresh perspective that hadn’t been seen before since the introduction of jersey fabrics by Chanel, or the flapper dress in the 1920’s. Whimsical, possibly not, but each collection had an almost fairytale style story along with. All of his work was either extremely intricate or impeccably tailored, there was a distinct air with all of his collections. All of them are stories he made with clothing, instead of just and inspiration he created a world, from the woman wearing the clothing, to the final catwalk, he had models walking on water, models in glass boxes, models on merry-go-rounds. Each collection was involved in its own fairytale world, that while the rest of the world couldn’t entirely get, could fully appreciate the beauty and detail of that place.

Esther Boller

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This girl is now my all time favourite blogger, the writer of Esther from the Sticks. I’m kinda in love with everything she does that it comes as a shock that I only found her blog this summer. That doesn’t mean to say I didn’t troll through her archives like mad woman. It feels like I have an internet twin, which made me so disheartened to find she already one. Or maybe it’s just that all pale, freckly, red-headed girls are destined to sew and be good at art…. Ether’s blog has a really whimsical vibe to it, from some amazing 70’s flares, to the beautiful soft photography (I swear you could make a book from her blog!) to the gorgeous lace dresses she makes and alters. I never thought I’d find someone who I could associate with so much that I’ve never met but apparently, red-headed minds think alike!

W.B. Yeats

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I have no idea how i managed to fit so many of my favourtie people into one post. I first discovered this poet in english class. Most people just sat staring into the sky, bored as could be, but I was entranced by his words. Then I had to study his poems, which threw me slightly off but recently I looked at them again, and fell in love with them… again. My favourtie poem of his is He wishes for the clothes of heaven. Whenever I see or hear the poem I think of watercolours, and I have a page in a photo album with a quote from this poem “The blue and the dim and the dark cloths” for a photo of dusk. The whole poem is decribing the sky, but in the most whimsical fashion. Describing times of day as beautiful fabrics, and the sun and moon as gold and silver. His other famous poem is “When you are old“, which is about his longing for a woman. He describes himself as Love, who “Hid amid a crowd of stars”. I’ll stop the poetry talk now because Im not a poetry junkie, just Yeats! His grave is in Sligo.

Florence and the Machine

Yet another red-head, sensing a double theme here! I really love this girls music, particuarly the harps, and someday I will see her live, for now live albums shall apease me. This song is one of her more whimsical songs, others including “Dog Days”, “Seven Devils”and “I’m Not calling you”. Her songs have an etherial slant which makes them really interesting to listen to, not to mention her hyonotic voice.

So the end of the first creatives post, hope you enjoyed! I’ll try have a new post every two months as sourcing all the pieces takes a bit of time, but it’s well worth it.

DSC_0245Here’s a little sneak peak of whats to come!