Though the fashion world is buried deep in the mania of the Autumn 2012 Fashion Week whirl, us mere mortals are rejoicing the arrival of Spring – well, in the shops at least, the weather just needs to catch up. This season the accessory is big in all senses of the word; from giant bags at Victoria Beckham to wiiiiiide belts at Alexander McQueen, but the thing that caught my eye (and almost took it out) were these earrings from Dolce & Gabbana. Going back to their Italian roots the boys celebrated the humble pasta shape and vegetable stall with these super kitsch baubles Pat Butcher (RIP) would be proud of.
They just make me smile (the models not so much).
I’m sure the highstreet will be awash with similar treats soon and mothers will finally be able to wear their little darlings pasta necklace offerings with pride and be on trend – when has that ever happened? If you can’t wait here is a simple step by step guide to making your own … They take about 15 minutes to make and are super cheap. I got my vegetable beads from The London Bead Shop and all my findings and general jewellery goodies from the wonder that is Hobbycraft.
On Wednesday my ‘Partner-in-Craft’ Hannah and I went to the London Sketch Club in Chelsea, an amazing club formed over 100 years ago by newspaper illustrators and designers looking for somewhere to hang out, drink gin and oogle (I mean paint) naked ladies. We visited not so much for the ‘smoking and conversatione’ advertised here but to see the silhouette artist Charles Burns and his new book Mastering Silhouettes, A practical guide to silhouette portraiture showcasing Charles beautiful work.
Using surgical scissors and squares of black paper Charles cuts silhouettes ‘live’ (no bright lights and profiles shadowed on walls for him). He has cut silhouettes of the great and the good including the Queen for her 80th Birthday (as Hannah said ‘a bit like making stamps then’) and now me…
Not entirely convinced about my nose, would quite like to snip a little off the end but pretty impressive for 90 seconds work. When I get the chance I shall try my hand at mastering silhouettes but for now I am pleased I have finally mastered the spelling of it.
I don’t want to blog about this website presentandcorrect because I’m scared if I tell you lot about it you’ll buy all the stuff and there won’t be anything left for me. Maybe though you won’t feel as desperate a need as I do to own some 1950’s Czechoslovakian bon bon bags or some vintage money bags with nice typography and some holes in them. (Why not?)
I don’t know what I’ll do with them when I have them apart from save them for A Really Special Occasion in A Really Safe Place (for A Really Long Time probably).
They also have lots of useful things like …. um … these …
for putting paper clips in.
My lovely friend over at thetreasurehunteruk first mentioned this site on her blog and I am forever grateful to her. She is a good spotter of good things.
In my youth I learnt to make these origami hearts to impress the boys when down my local pub. (It works. Fact.) I used the silver paper from inside cigarette packets but these days you’ll probably have to find other more readily available paper; maybe the random club flyer or free magazine that is always lying around.
Now I am sharing the love for Valentines Day. Enjoy!
I also learnt to make a pig and an elephant. But they were only used in emergencies … when prettier, wittier girls were present.
I don’t remember how to make them now. I guess I didn’t have to make them that much.