This week I’m continuing with the decorating inspiration, though I have got my tree up and have bought most of my presents. I’m also looking to the future, with the realisation that the year is almost over and I should probably get planning my large projects for 2014!
I also managed to get my tree up. It isn’t as big or elaborate as the ones in my inspiration pictures but I’m quite pleased with it. I made some of the left over perspex jewellery into decorations and also used fake fur from last year’s winter wonderland show, roses from the Opulence collection shoot and lace trim from the “origin of monsters” editorial to give it a personal touch.
When I was younger I always enjoyed the fact that our family Christmas tree was covered in miss-matched decorations, each telling a story so I wanted to incorporate objects that evoke memory into my decorating as well.
I wanted to put together a little board showing some of the affordable gifts available through my website. Usually, people who have seen my clothes automatically assume that everything I sell is expensive. This isn’t true, my products have a very low mark up compared to other companies, some of them just happen to be quite labor-intensive. I like creating elaborate outfits but also understand there is beauty in simplicity and a cute piece to finish off an outfit can be uncomplicated and inexpensive while still looking great.
I created Eustratia to make my vision accessible to customers of all budgets and feel like I’m well on the way to achieving that.
1. Stripey folded hair flower, £15.
2. Moth-girl T-shirt, £12.50
3. Avalon head chain, £18
4. Unicorn headband, £15
5. Latex bow cuff, £6.50
6. Stocking toppers, £10 (or 15 with trim)
7. Bow earrings, £13
8. Tote bag, £6.50
9. Standard fingerless gloves, £18.50
10. Standard latex pasties, £18
This week has been mostly about decoration inspiration. I haven’t started putting anything up get, I’m just trying to decide what would suit the house most. It will be the first time decorating my own house for the festive season so I want to make it special.
I also thoroughly enjoyed TG Manchester on Friday, a post about that will be coming soon.
I’m late writing this post (as with most of my posts), but I needed to share this magical project.
Winter themes really inspired me this year and I wanted to bring together elements from fairy tales, wildlife documentaries and fashion in a shoot.
This was the second project I shot in collaboration with Katelizabeth photography who came to Manchester for an intense couple of days of almost constant shooting. She did a great job re-arranging the set, directing the models and editing the finished images and was a total pleasure to work with. I’m sure she will be up to great things in the future.
The point was mainly to show off my creations for Eustratia but I styled it with some wintery items from my personal collection as well as some specially made headpieces to complete the look.
I bought the props mainly to use in an upcoming show with a similar theme but I think they really made the set, Kate did a great job of arranging them as well!
And for those of you who don’t know, this in my beautiful friend, Amber AKA Sapphire Black, if you follow my work you will have seen her before.
I particularly love this images because of the composition and the fact that it shows the whole set. I had been searching for a new front page image for www.eustratia.co.uk for a while and I decided to use this one.
I also made the headpieces for this shoot, which gave me a welcome break from working solely in latex. I have made antler headbands and bunny ears plenty of times before but the crowns were definitely something new for me and I really enjoyed working on them. I hope to have time to work on more special pieces and props this year. One of my goals is to create as complete an image as possible through my shoots and to keep my personal projects as close to the original idea as possible.
The wonderful make up in the images was provided by Laura Wilson. She is super talented and I hope to collaborate with her again this year. One of her best qualities is being able to realise somebody else’s vision as well as just her own, I find a lot of MUAs have a problem with this. She can also work well with different styles of make up while still retaining her signature.
My Christmas day outfit accessories (most were presents).
1. Little deer phone case £2.65 ebay.
2. Black rabbit necklace H&M (gift)
3. crystal suede cuff Topshop (gift)
4. pocket watch necklace (gift)
5. Religion royalty clutch £40
I didn’t add the antlers but I make them so just get in touch if you’d like to commission a pair, they are available in various colours and finishes.