Saturday, November 17, 2012

Your obsessions get you known throughout the school for being strange

I'm not really in the right state of mind to write articulate thoughts but this is long overdue and I CAN'T EXPRESS TO YOU HOW MUCH WORK THAT ACTUALLY COUNTS WE ARE HAVING TO DO AT SCHOOL RIGHT NOW. So I spent each day after school and every single lunchtime doing some sort of work and today was like a break and I still have more to do tomorrow and so I haven't actually had much time. Not to be all bloggery-apoligisery.

It's properly winter now and Halloween has passed so the whole 'spooky, witchy dressing thing' has passed too and I'm missing the absence of colour in the world! For some reason every time winter comes around it's like all shops feel condemned to stock things in dingy colours only, like browns and blacks. Then spring comes and it's like FLORALS. The other thing I find absence in colour with is what's called 'vintage' eg washed out pictures trying to emulate film photography pictures, it almost makes colour pictures with objects from the past in them seem futuristic in a way? It's like every picture prior to this decade and the last was sepia or washed out. I need some iridescence in my life and this association with the word vintage to the average person our age sort of annoys me because this term that loosely means things older than 20 years doesn't take into account pop culture and sub cultures and that whole situation, and then the word retro just refers to like geometric prints and homeware stores trying to flog their bright red 'mod' sofas, latching on to the marketing side of the words. I admire films like Edward Scissorhands for using pastels and being original in colour use, and Heathers and Moonrise Kingdom and the technicolour films of the 40s/50s, mickey mouse of 1941 for example. Disney world is also a haven for excellent colour use and it's like frozen in time because it hasn't changed since those eras. The pictures in this post are probably a huge reason as to why i'm lusting for more colour at the moment.

These pictures are of my mum in the 70s and my Grandad is in the one on the left, too. They're much more vibrant in real life but I like the fact you can actually see realistic colours in these pictures. I also find it weird, in old pictures, to recognise things, like places or people. I wasn't alive then and can only look at the past as a romanticist, so it seems like an alien world - everything is so different. 

I like the colours in these pictures, too. Espicially the middle one (give me her cat sweatervest, blue eyeshadow and pin). They're photobooth pictures from the 80s that someone was selling on Ebay in like January, I screen shotted them on my phone then forgot about them until I cleared all my pictures last week. Everyone that was photo stalking on my phone back in January all thought the girl on the right was me in the thumbnail which is weird but yeah I guess paleness and freckles.

I did this in textiles at the end of last year when we started our coursework that we're still doing, until march, by the way). Theres like 12 pages now and I never think to put schoolwork on my blog but I'm just as creative with things I do for school as for things I do intentionally to 'be creative', maybe I will do so more but I like the colours and non-washed outedness ok. Also note the stitching round the edge of the paper it took FOREVER going through black card, lace fabric and doilies with a needle.

I did this today, with National Geographic clippings and cut up My Little Pony album pictures. I got the album from a car boot sale and the woman looked really confused when I said it was for me, you know people usually try to hide when they think you're weird? She didn't whatsoever.

I made this collage of screencaps from Edward Scissorhands just because it is so dreamy and perfect (and combines Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder). The houses remind me of the cat in the hat neighbourhood. Have only I picked up on this? Cat in the hat deserves more aesthetic recognition, the girl's clothes are also sufficiently lovely and it features a mad giant cat like seriously why haven't the hipsters of tumblr latched on to this.

ALSO certain pieces from Moshino SS13 reminded me of Edward Scissorhands once I started scouring the interweb for screencaps of it. Like, bright yellows, pinks, oranges and whites, and maybe Louis Vuitton SS13 which everyone went beserk for because of the use of escalators. 

Look look see, even down to the structured lines they look like the winding roads in the Edward Scissorhands neighbourhood. The models could stand in front of the houses and blend in. They're also like my 'The Swinging Sixties' mood board for textiles above, this collection is so very very inspired by the 60s, obviously, yet kind of futurstic, too. I guess the 60s was quite space age orientated though, and these pieces strike me as  quite future-y with the weird hat things and the cyborg runway mentality and model attitude could contribute.

The collection reminds me of this. Unknown source.

While still on the subject of films also, in reference to the afore mentioned technicolour films, I found this on Youtube and it's sort of divine, the top comment is "Three-strip Technicolor can make anything look beautiful!" 

And everyone knows that youtubers are the fountain of knowledge.

Seriously though watch the whole thing, I love the make-up segment and it's beautiful in it's entirety. The narration is quite funny looking at it now too eg "look how flat and dull it looks in back and white!", "colour gives food appetite appeal" - it's like the shopping channel 70 years early. See, it's not just our generation that sucks. Maybe in another 70 years people will look back on our infomercials with lust and avidity. Ok no.

Technicolor promotion.

This and those below is from my Tumblr, the colour combination makes me want to melt. Unknown source.

This is playing on the past but futuristic thing.

More disney world. The second bottom one is LIFE magazine.

National Geographic, for the colours.

Retro futuristic cars (Jetsons style). Unknown sources cry cry cry.

Also, I went to Thorpe park last week, and thought these pictures are similarly themed to the whole colour/future thing. The decor there was quite futuristic. There was this like metal campervan and I got Amber to take a picture of me in front of it on my phone. I was like STAND HERE, POINT HERE, PRESS THE CAMERA BUTTON. The Diner sign was by stealth, the fish was from a pick and mix I got with chipped red nail polish courtesy of me, and KFC, believe it or not. The coolest KFC I've ever seen, though.

My coat is from Topshop, I had to wear one because it was absolutely freezing (it also reminds me of a hybrid of the two coats in Submarine) and I had red and white barrettes in my hair after beginning the day with a beehive. 

Lesson: Beehive can't withstand 60mph speeds on rollercoasters. 

I took it down and started again with braids. I had a red and white checkered blouse underneath and a black and white plaid skirt and a red and multicoloured knitted flower cardigan so the ensemble was all quite red, black and white.

Last week I also received this amazing care package from Ibe. We did a swap and we're doing it again before Christmas!

This is the box it came in and I was so excited wah just look at it.

And this is the stuff inside. It totally goes with all these feels right now. 

I think that's enough or I'll just keep on babbling. 
I need to leave before I go insane ok bye.


  1. I love your collages, and the care package looks wonderful, stuff like that is my absolute favourite.

    (also really happy I don't have facebook because that sounds horrible and I'm sorry)

  2. That care package rocks!! And Edward Scissorhands, oh my goodness one of my favourite movies, not by coincidence due to the terrific trio you mentioned. And all your artwork is just... I don't even know but it's not just, because it's more than just, because it's fantastic. I don't even know what I'm saying. Great post though!

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  4. I pove all your posts, they're so creative. I really like the 70's pictures from your mom and the idea that past is an alien world...

  5. Your textiles coursework looks so cool!I'm bored of doing my coursework about shoes,wish I could do something cooler omg x

  6. why I love these photos so much!?

  7. Incredibly inspirational! More people should know about your blog. I totally love it XX

  8. 1. I want a pen pal like that
    2. I love Belle and Sebastian
    3. I absolutely love everything about this blog.


  9. technicolor technicolor technicolor

  10. I enjoy everything in this post. that picture of your mum and g-dad is adorable, and yesalwaysforever to Belle & Sebastian and vintage Disneyland pix xxx