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.
14 May 2018
My Stash Won At Blackheath Embroiderer’s Guild
In March I attended the Blackheath Embroiderer’s Guild and won first prize, I chose the tailors chalk instead of the beads as I have a whole box of beads and no tailors chalk in pencil format.
The group meet on the last Saturday of the month in Blackheath girls school.
03 May 2018
Last week I had finally gotten the stall at Greenwich Market, it was so fun to be back. The top picture is of my stall and the new display, which is much easier and faster to set up and pack down and the second picture is my view point of sitting on my stall under my table runners looking out onto the other stalls.
It was 27c which was pretty hot! I managed to drink 2 and 1/2 litres, but it still was not enough for my system and only realised that when I got home. I was so happy just to be back in a creative environment, I borrowed “The Artist Way” from my friend Liz and I quickly scanned the book to see that Julia Cameron encourages the artist to have a creative date once a week and write pages every day to help unblock the air ways in one’s mind, spirit, soul and body. Although I am not at the market today and have not quite managed my artitst date today, that will be had tomorrow, I am writing this blog.
27 April 2018
Apple Pie And Leeks
I had dinner with my friend Teresa on Friday just gone, Teresa kindly gave me her dinner that she was going to have and she cooked a meat pie in the oven and leeks on the stove. Dinner on a tray sitting on a sofa seems to be a lap of luxury one would say, no pun intended!! Anyway Teresa said “Oh no” and I said “what”? Basically Teresa had cooked the wrong pie in the oven, what she thought was a meat pie, actually turned out to be a apple pie instead and when she got over the shock I was laughing hestically and Teresa soon followed......so I took a photo of it and later that evening when I was having a conversation with Jon I did say to him, I wonder if I could write a blog about “apple pie and leeks” and somehow get it related to Samines and I think I can do it!
Towards the end of the conversation with Jon I kept repeating the words” apple pie and leeks” over his business, (he builds websites for his parent company) and I sensed with the whole episode with Teresa and with me laughing away, that there is more joy to be had over his business. While walking to Sainsbury’s today I sensed the following, how can we have more joy over our businesses, creativity and self-employment roles and hence why I am writing this blog as this is the best possible way to get “apple pie and leeks” into a blog that can come under the banner of Samines.
My thoughts are......
How do I manage the expectation of expecting meat into my main meal and getting a dessert with vegetables as my main meal instead? - The expectation was having meat in my main meal, but instead a dessert was served as my main, so maybe allow for the unexpected to happen in business and not to get caught up with the ins, hows and whys of why their is flow or no flow.
How do I get the fun back into my business of creating product for customers and especially attending the market for a selling day? - Just get on with doing some form of sketchbook, artwork or product making.
How do I just have fun with my creativity? - Maybe not to expect perfection first time as part of the creativity journey is making mistakes so the craft and your skilled hand and eye improves with each new piece that has been worked on.
16 April 2018
In March I went back to the Blackheath Embroiderer’s Guild to explore old techniques into a new piece. I have discovered this branch has moved on from strength to strength and one of their yearly projects is compiling pieces for the British Museum and that is what was worked on in March. I wanted to make a piece that was quick and easy, but above all I did not want to take this piece of embroidery home with me, as I left it with Chris to give to Renee on her return, as Renee is the contact at the British Museum. Also as it is a new season of getting back into my embroidery I wanted to be able to compose a piece that can be created in one afternoon, which I managed to do, besides it was good that everyone else was talking and I just sat there in my own little world working on this piece.
I used two pieces of tulle to sandwich honesty between and then I used an embroidery hoop to secure the piece together while sewing around the honesty petals with machine embroidery thread, although I hand sewn the piece together. The last stage was blocking the piece of work over a white form board, I had actually forgot that the piece needed to be landscaped and not portrait, but this piece can easily be displayed as a landscape piece.
12 April 2018
What To Do When You Get Stuck In Your Dress
I had a lady come into store to try this wedding dress on, unfortunately for her and I she managed to get stuck in the dress, as the zip broke. First of all I tried holding the bottom of the zip with one hand and gently zipping up with the other hand, it still would not move and the hole in the zip was getting worse. I realised quite quickly that I had to cut her out of the dress and I took both the scissors and the craft knife, (the scissors are paper and not fabric) to see which would work best. Thankfully the scissors managed to do the job of cutting through the zip, once released I could pull both the teeth apart on the right and left side of the zip and it pulled away.
The bride was embarrassed, (who wouldn’t be) and apologised, I thought I wouldn’t see her again, but she came into the shop yesterday and told me she had bought a dress for the ceremony and another one for the evening reception.
06 April 2018
Old Into New
I was asked by a client to make a new wool skirt for her using her existing one as a pattern, this was a fun project to do, as it consisted of one piece of material to be sewn into a bag shape and altered using buttons to make shaping at the waist.