I was scrolling through Instagram, (as you do) and came upon this post by Saul James, he is such an inspiration. He works full time and pursues his passion, but he doesn’t sleep much, i on the other hand do like my sleep and know if I don’t get enough I become grouchy.
Saul is right in that all of us have let the screens dominate our time, there was one point in my life that I did not not have enough finances flowing and so couldn’t afford the screens and for me life was calm and still, now it is full with accessing the screens more easily. Sometime in the summer my last phone died, I knew it would come after four years and did try to upload as my data as possible, but the updates were not compatible with the laptop and phone and when the phone did die I lost 75% of my data, it was painful, but I survived. During those first few days it was incredibly tough, I was lost and I soon realised that my whole life revolved around the internet, but as the days lead into weeks, what was painful at first became the norm and I enjoyed not being in contact and having freedom for my mind to wonder and explore. With the new phone I have gone back to the old pattern, but only yesterday I was hankering after what if I could just switch off the phone and enjoy looking out of the window again and let my mind have the freedom to wonder and rest again especially during this busy time of Christmas.......
19 December 2019
Two Pony Tails Revamped Into A New Look
A friend wore these flowers in her hair and reworked them into a new piece for her performance on stage. A set of pony tails, with the hair bands most probably hidden her hair and pinned onto a hair band.
19 September 2019
Start Of A Creative Journey
This morning I opened up the fabric chest as I had to look for bondaweb for a new commission received last week at Greenwich market. Bondaweb is a form of glue used to hold two pieces of fabric together, it gives a cleaner finish when working with fabrics.
Oh my goodness, I felt a little stressed having all the fabric out of the chest on the carpet and table, it was a glorified mess on so many levels. I did find the bondaweb, but it was near the bottom of the trunk hence why there was mess everywhere and I was quite happy when it all went back, except a few pieces that will be given to the charity shop as I have out grown them.
These pieces I found in a box that was tucked away at the bottom of the trunk. These were my first attempts at making product to sell and were taken with me when I went to various craft fairs with them, I love these pieces and will keep them as a momentum. My initial idea was to use machine embroidery on product to sell, but as I developed I realised quite soon that not everybody appreciates this level of workmanship, plus maybe they were not ready for the market and finding the right market to be selling to.
03 July 2019
When It’s Rainy. Stitch!
I felt a bit stuck, because I had not planned out a design on paper and didn’t know how the adventure would start and then develop. The first stage of this new piece and a few hours in as it is hand embroidery over lace and not machine embroidery, which is a much faster process, but on the jeans jacket would be hard to sew in an embroidery hoop.
18 June 2019
I had to make a trip to Ikea in Greenwich to buy some folding boxes and hopefully new plastic boxes to cart equipment on Samines trolley to attend a market day. The day that I went to Ikea, I had also planned to see Guenter one of the market traders at Greenwich Market. Before he transferred to working as a market trader he used to work as a tailor and know’s how to thread the overlockers. I had arranged with him to take my overlocker to him to see if he could just set it up as a three threaded overlocker and not a four thread, the fourth thread keeps unthreading itself when I overlock and it has been quite frustrating to keep re-threading and all that jazz. Anyway back to Guenter, I prepped the overlocker to see if I could put it into my shopping trolley and realised it would not fit, unfortunately I do not have a carry case for it, as when I brought it at John Lewis, (all those many moons ago) it came in a box and I realised quite quickly that taking the overlocker to Guenter and also walking to Ikea from Greenwich Market would be quite a challenge, especially coming back with additional equipment. Instead I just went to see him, had a catch and walked to Ikea with a free shopping trolley. I need to buy a box big enough to hold the overlocker, strap it up to another trolley before going on that journey of adventure to get it sorted.
24 May 2019
When Life Throws Curve Balls
You may be thinking, why show a picture of a trolley and my shoes, the shoes just happen to be in the picture. The end of the trolley shows two different nuts that have been attached to the screw of the wheel and the reason this picture is up, a - not all the photos have uploaded quickly into Dropbox and b - I needed to update this blog!
Yesterday a lot of curve balls were thrown in my direction, from an accident with a pee pole, a wheel falling off the trolley and potentially not being able to board the bus with my new set of wheels. In this situation, I was able to push on through and it came right as the day progressed.
I wanted to say a big thank you to Greenwich Market to the lads who work on the technical aspects of running the market, you were great and did a great job in finding the temporary and permanent nuts to screw on to secure the wheel that I had lost before getting on the second bus to come into the market, both chaps who took a look at the trolley took it away to mend it, so the trolley had a lot of love and attention.
Thanks to Jane who tweeted Samines products on the Twitter account for Greenwich Market and to another stall holder called Lucy who took me under her wings when we were talking shop about retail and being on one’s feet.
15 May 2019
February And March For Samines
February and March has been busy month’s for Samines, in that I wanted to bring more colour in the flat for creating new dishes, sleeping and sewing, so two very important rooms got new updates with yellow across two walls each. It seems I am finally moving away from Magnolia and incorporating colour into the flat, well it has only taken over ten years to move in this direction, but while all the rooms may have been magnolia, I have had colour in the rooms with pictures and furniture.
This wall is in the kitchen, magnolia on the left and yellow on the right, what a life change it has been for my creativity, to the extent that I have even moved into the direction of declutter and giving to charity excess fabrics not needed and other items given away. Every time I come home after a decluttering session I feel and see that there is more space to bring new ideas into my creative work.
03 April 2019
I have been meaning to update LinkedIn for my personal profile for ages. Currently I hold two different jobs, first as a designer maker designing new textile \ embroidery designs to customise garments or to create new products and the second job as a style and bridal consultant. Both jobs, although very different do feed into one another, as a designer maker I get to handle beautiful and feminine dresses while talking to customers who want to buy something different to wear for an evening out or that special event; while at the same time I am inspired by the dresses and the women I work with in learning about different body shapes and although one dress works well on one body type, it doesn’t work well on the other body type.
For instance, I tried on a becca dress that has a tight skirt and lots of room in the top, this is one of the companies best sellers and although I tried on the becca dress, I found that as I am a pear shape, the dress did not work for me as this dress has been designed for a woman who is an apple shape. This particular woman will hold her curves in her stomach and does not have any curves on her thighs, while I have curves on my thighs, it does seem to be a challenge for women that in some way or other we are not always happy with what we have and get upset when a particular shape of dress does not suit or fit our shape.
11 January 2019
Samines At The Market
I have had a issue with the photoshop app in that it will not let me graduate the logo into fade, this has never happened before and so at the moment I am a little stumped to see why the function is not on the app. These are just a few of the images from my last market day x.
13 December 2018
I attended Blackheath Embroiderer’s Guild on Saturday to attend a workshop on Skeletal leaves. Initially I was thinking that it would be just that and that we would be working on said leaves, but in actual fact we had the chance to use different coloured skeletal leaves, pin them to fabric (we were provided with velvet) and encouraged to get going.
I used my embroidery hoop, but it was quite bulky with the fabric as it could not be stretched that well for tightness. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I started off using an over stitch to couch down the main veins, the centre one and the veins to give the leaf it’s structure. The second leaf I varied the over stitch, (this time I had taken the piece out of the embroidery hoop for more control) and worked one, two and three veins with over stitch. As the leaf was quite delicate it was tearing and leaving holes, I quite liked the effect and so I purposefully made holes among the smaller veins. My piece is the top left corner under the banner of embroiderersguildblackheath, this little thread_London account was lead by Chelle. On the right hand side of the image, are some of the other members work created at the workshop.
27 November 2018
Oranges, Mytle And Wire Beads
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to decorate this tent for a gathering for Tabernacles, (we were slightly out by a few days, but know it was worth doing as everyone had the chance to come and celebrate).
I was invited to decorate the inside of the tent, well actually this is not a tent, but a sukkah. The sukkah does not have a roof, as it is designed with the view to look up into the night sky and look at the stars, because this symbolises a mobile dwelling.
My friend Gill, (yes the one with Mettie) took mytel (I think) from her gardening bin and brought it to the location along with plastic oranges, (I still do not know why?) and I brought my jewellery kit of wire cutters, to twist and manipulate the wire. Thankfully I had some beads in the bag and so I was able to wire up the beads to hang down from the zip. I really enjoyed doing this creative project and manipulating wire to create something unique and slightly wonderful, if only for an evening.
19 October 2018
I was chatting with my colleague on the shop floor, while we waiting for customers to come and in the conversation she mentioned Tesconos instead of Tesco’s. I love chatting with the non English and love hearing the beautiful words of the English language from a non English person.
This picture is of Abraham’s hostel in Jerusalem where many nationalities came for a period of time, melting pot that it was with many peoples from foreign lands.
11 October 2018
I love this picture of a lion, in all his glory knowing he can.
21 August 2018
On my mobile I have various apps that I use to build a social media presence, (I was quite good at it at one point when I was regularly posting, but I seem to have gone off of course a little bit). Now I have been blessed with an IPad I have been organising the apps on my home screen. One app seemed to be evading me and that was Instagram. The first image is my search on the Apple store, all other Instagram apps are shown, but not the official one that I need and today I have finally cracked it! The second image is the web page for logging into Instagram, up on the top on the pink bar you can see it says get the app, which I did and now the app has downloaded, the only thing is, now the app is showing pictures that are portrait and not landscape. I thought media was to be easy :).
It will be interesting to see if I will start using this app or carry on using it on the mobile.
12 July 2018
I am on holiday from Greenwich today and my from my main job as a style consultant at P8. It has just been bliss, as it has been hot I have been going to the park most days just to sit in the sun shut my eyes and enjoy the sheer pleasure of listening to the sky and birds.
29 June 2018
Samines Is On The Move
These are some of the images captured from last week. First of all I was waiting at the bus stop and took a photo of Samines trolley along with purple nail polish I had on my nails, my friend Sarah gave it to me a couple of Christmas’s ago. I have only just worn the colour and decided it suits me, plus it goes with the colours of Samines stall display, when I was at work the day before I noticed the colour purple also goes with both the business dresses I wear. The second image is of the stall outside the flood gallery before set up, midway while I was setting up the stall, Alex one of the market managers came over to inform me and Naomi that the stall had to be moved. Naomi and I have different stalls, but we shared the same base frame, I had the head mannerquins already on the table with all the flowers waiting to be allocated space on the display, I had to pack this down quite quickly before we had four burley men come over to lift the stall and walk it over to another part of the market. The third image is of the stall being dressed, you can see both head mannerquins are sitting on the stall, waiting to be dressed by the products. The fourth image is of me sitting down holding a headband with stock pieces being wired onto the headband, more work needs to be done and it seems for these pieces the headband may not be the best solution to create a new product piece. I have already started on experiments in developing a new head piece, so I will see how I go. It is so nice to be back at the market creating, selling and meeting customers again.
At first I was unsure if I wanted to go, but when I did the research I soon discovered that although the Bayeux Tapestry has been classified as a tapestry it has now had a new classification of embroidery and I thought why not give it a go and I am glad I did. First of all, the tutor Carole I knew way back from my time at Morley College, where I attended to do my embroidery Level 1 city & guilds, although she was not my tutor, I got to know Carole from the other classes that I attended.
Secondly Carole said that “although she had photocopied trees for the class to use as templates to transfer onto calico, we could use our own design”, this was very pleasing to me as I had brought my sketchbook to the workshop and I had already loosely copied an Armenian art piece that I had taken a photo of down onto paper. Also I am not one for following the crowd when doing things and I like to be independent and free to do my own thing, especially when it comes to designing and learning new things.
The Bayeux Tapestry uses a form of satin stitch with little seeding stitches over the satin stitch and then a stem stitch on the outside of the satin stitch to hide the pencil marks. As this piece of embroidery has developed with my own design, I have noticed that I have just kept to the satin and seed stitch and when I tried the stem stitch on the outside I didn’t like the result. I may choose to leave the stem stitch and just finish the piece with both the satin and seed stitch as I seem to like the effect better.
16 June 2018
A Black Rim Is Better Than Pink
I had the opportunity to put a new rim on the hood for a sequinned jacket for my client who came to me, it was great that she brought the black velvet and all I had to do was measure and hand sew it into place.
01 June 2018
This picture was taken around Oct 2017 after my trip to a costume hire place in South London not far from where my sister lives. I had the idea to stay with Madeleine after my trip, but I didn’t organise myself very well in asking her and packing a bag, I texted her on route to the venue and she said, “to come on over after I had finished”. It was a great trip as this is the skirt that was used for the character of Marie Henderson for the show Melodramatic in the Hauted House that played in The Coronet at The Elephant and Castle in November 2017 with People’s Company and I got to see my sister as well, two out of two is pretty good.
I showed Madeleine the skirt and her response was “it is so big” in comparison to her size, she deliberately looked down while I took this photo. My sister knew I may do a blog around this picture and I was unsure of when, actually it would have been better if I had blogged about this picture around Oct/Nov 17, but time escaped me and other things cropped up.
22 May 2018
I am sitting here on the lodgers bed as I have full reign in the house! You guessed it, I am not the lodger, I am the house cat to Gill a lovely lady who lives in Peckham and who loves me, it so nice that I have landed on my feet!. I have the privilege of being a friend to many people who come and stay with my owner, they come for all sorts of reasons, mainly to come and see me. My owner thinks people come and see her, but really she is just the excuse for her friends to come and see me and she now knows it. I don’t think she minds sharing attention with me and boy I do love the attention, sometimes it can be a little too much, but I am taking it in my stride.
Like the other week, my owner’s friend Samines came to look after me while my owner went away for the night. I did not have as much attention as I normally get as Samines had to work, but I got a fair share of love. I was a bit lonely in the early hours of the morning and as Samines had left her bedroom door opened I thought this is the chance to get a little bit more attention. Samines was sound asleep, I walked into the room, (after all it is my domain) and I started speaking at the top of my voice, wake up, wake up. Samines did stir as I was walking on the bamboo shelf of a bookcase that is next to the bed, she did a funny thing, she got up and went downstairs to check my bowl to top me up with food, (I think she thought I was hungry), well I was, but not in the physical sensation. Samines came back to find me perched on the chair, she went back to bed and I curled up by her clothes to have a little nap before she had to get up and go to work.