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1847 Scrapbook

My aim is always to get a post out each day, just to keep me limber. As it happens I have quite a few things that are sort of finished (or pages that would only have one picture on them which I’d rather not put up as I’d find it rather sad) but alas not enough.

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Linkage

I’m currently working on a couple of projects which include some concept art for a new steampunk webcomic set in an alternate late 1840’s and costume design for a comic opera set in 1910s Colonial Nigeria. In doing so have found some amazing fashion and design reference sites:

European Historical

Costume Institute Fashion Plates

Bibliodyssey

Tudor_chic’s photostream

The Dreamstress

Diary of a Mantua Maker – one of my favourite blogs in general

Colonial Nigerian

The Art and Architecture of Yorubaland

Igbo Architecture

Ukpuru – Images of Igbo before (another generally cool blog with some brilliant images)

Design

V&A collection

Contemporary

Black Dot co-operative – some absolutely fabulous fabrics, modern twists on vintage fabric with a Gorey-esque feel

JohnJoseph

Last week I was able to catch ‘Boy in a Dress’ at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, courtesy of my most excellent friend, the incomparable Maud. For some reason I got a little obsessed with the idea of a Botticelli cum pop art tribute to the rather exquisite La JohnJoseph and this was the result. Needless to say, I think my favourite bit is the part I had the least input i.e. the frame. Still, as I happen to find the subject a fairly striking individual, will probably have another go sooner rather than later.

La JohnJoseph

And in case you hadn’t realised, I really really like fancy frames. The more ludicrously ornate, the better.

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