Thursday, 18 December 2014

Seasons Greetings from The Thin Man....

  Witty, sophisticated and always just that little bit tipsy - well it is Christmas after all!

  Here's a collection of festive photos from this years Christmas work. The pieces were inspired by none other than that Christmas classic 'The Thin Man' 1934 One of my favourite movies starring my favourite duo, Myrna Loy and William Powell (aka Nick and Nora)

  Lets do Christmas Nick and Nora style.....

Asta that's an excellent way to travel

Collar and cuffs are made from shearling sheepskin taken from an old 70's hat. Her jabot is vintage lace and her suit 100% wool felt. She also has a little rhinestone brooch.

  When we are first introduced to Nora Charles, she's been out Christmas shopping and is loaded up with presents. As Nora enters the bar room looking for her husband Nick, she trips, and scatters gifts all over the floor. It's perfect.

  She then goes on the match her husbands cocktail swigging by drinking five martinis and waking up with a tremendous hangover.

icebag and blouse made with two different types of vintage satin both 30's. Vintage lace jabot with rhinestone brooch. Felt mustard coloured skirt.

The lady herself. Myrna Loy as Nora

  I'm also super happy with the success of this years Christmas cards. There are obviously a lot of people who, like me, find this film so incredibly charming. I was a little worried at first just in case people wouldn't get them, which is why I did a collection with and without captions. For any real late Christmas card senders (if you're in the UK) there are still 2 sets left in the shop. 

  Here are the outfits that inspired the illustrations and dolls. I have obviously altered them slightly here and there as I have with each of the illustrated scenes and props.

  This is my very last post of the year folks. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and learning about my creative thought process and what inspires each of my pieces.

  I have lots of lovely plans and ideas to kick start the New Year and hope you will continue to follow my work with enthusiasm. Thankyou for everyones constant supportive feedback. I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  Pip x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Custom Order Jean.......

  It's all about the underwear!

  There is nothing more lovely than 1930's dusky pink tap pants, champagne gold bias cut negligees, slips, silk stockings and the palest peach girdles, garters and brassieres...

  Custom order Jean Harlow heads to her vanity in vintage satin and lace undergarments with vintage pearly buttons, carefully crafted stockings, a handmade garter and rhinestone snappers on her ribbon suspenders.

Carol Lombard and Josephine Dunn during the 1930's

  When I was commissioned to create one of my Jean Harlow dolls in cute yet slinky boudoir attire I was ever so slightly out of my comfort zone - in the dreamiest way possible! - I guess my dolls  lean more towards the quirky, cute, rather than boudoir doll. However, armed with my many reference books, the internet and a pretty selection of recently purchased vintage slinky fabrics and lace, I set to work on beautiful Jean in very fetching undercrackers!!

My first sketches

  The real beautiful Jean Harlow

  I hope that everyone is staying cosy (if you're in the UK of course) on this fresh and beautiful December morning. I hope to bring you several more posts before Christmas so do keep an eye on my other social media sites. Happy Wednesday!

  Pip x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Thin Man Christmas Cards....

  Have a fabulous Thin Man style Christmas!

  Due to my first batch of martini swigging Nora Charles cards selling out super quick, I'm pleased to announce there are now more sets in my Etsy Shop - a limited amount. I'm really enjoying the popularity of the cards but making them up is time consuming so I'm staggering my listings.

  These three cute little scenes are all inspired by The Thin Man 1934. There are little extra touches which I'm sure Thin Man fanatics will perhaps notice. 

'He's dragged me into every gin mill on the block!'
You will notice an additional hat box to her ensemble. This hat box appears in the second Thin Man movie 'After the Thin Man'

'Asta, is your balloon busted?'
 Nora doesn't hold a Christmas wreath but it does appear on the door of their appartment

'Have a cocktail'

Without captions are mounted onto festive red card.

With captions are mounted onto festive dark green card.

  Each card has a handmade quality in that they are printed on beautiful Bockingford watercolour printer paper, mounted onto a ready folded festive coloured card then touched up with additional gold sparkle. I have created each card by hand and created two separate listings: with or without captions. As a Thin Man fan you'll get the captions but without captions they are still very pretty cards and will still appeal to those who don't know the movie. I hope you like what I've created this year, I wanted this collection to have more of a pressie feel rather than a mass produced looking card.

  Creating lots of commissions at the moment but I'm still hoping to fit in a few fairies first week of December. 

Love Pip x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I Love Lucy and Festive Plans......

  As soon as Halloween is just a day or two behind us it seems the sound of Christmas cheer is all ready and waiting to jump straight into its boots.

  I am unbelievably busy this month with some adorable custom requests that will probably keep me busy all through November. First up is Lucille Ball.....

My Lucille Ball print can be found over in my etsy shop

The one and only Lucille Ball

I love her hair in this photo

  I'm desperately hoping I can still get a few Christmas fairies made for the tops of peoples festive ferns this year.. Christmas just won't feel like Christmas if I don't get time to make delicate festive tree sprites with starry wands and gold and silver pipe cleaner wings....aaahhh such joy. I love a work table full of glitter, sequins and sparkle. 

Inspired by Nancy Beaton. Fairy from last year. Made with original 1920's pale yellow chiffon covered in rhinestones - dreamy

  I also have some very pretty Christmas card designs in my sketch book and will be selling them in my shop from mid November. Lots of people have been asking about Christmas cards. This year I'm not going to go to the printers like previous years. I'm going to sell my festive greetings in the same way as I did my Halloween cards - I just think they look better if I'm honest. I can print them on beautiful watercolour paper then mount them myself on a ready folded cards with matching envelopes. They'll be like mini prints, lovingly handmade and a whole lot more personal. Wouldn't you agree?

  Happy November!!

  Pip x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Bat.....

  Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
  How I wonder what you’re at!
  Up above the world you fly
  Like a tea-tray in the sky
  Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
  How I wonder what you're at!
  Lewis Carroll

Little Maude. Pumpkin coloured curls, Liberty print blouse, witch hat and pet bat - Batty

   Pip x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Halloween Cards.......

  Let me introduce to you my first ever Halloween greeting cards - now available in my Etsy Shop

  Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year, how can I not be inspired by all those fabulous old Bela Lugosi movies, old Hollywood Halloween pin ups and seasonal pumpkins, bats and spiders....

  Halloween cards are not something I usually design (bizarrely) but since this year I am feeling even more on the spooky side than usual...... one might therefore say I was possessed into creating them!

  Each little pack contains 2 handmade cards and a white envelope. I have printed the designs onto Epson matte inkjet paper with archival pigment inks then mounted them onto some sturdy dark card. I think a handmade card has a more personal quality to it than a shop bought card - I shall certainly be making a few Christmas card designs in the same vein! (watch this space as I've already made a start!)

Other little Halloween knick knacks!

  Pip x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Sad Little Siren, Batgirl and Chilling Movies......

  Happy October! This one of my very favourite months of the year. I love the anticipation of Halloween, the dark nights and the cosy evening get togethers. Heart warming soups and stews become part of our evening meal and out comes the red wine (certainly in my case anyway - favourite tipple)

  Since I'm always very inspired by the seasons I can't help but turn my attention to Halloween. I kicked off my latest series of creations with a raven haired, rather sad and tragic little sea siren. I feel certain she lounges on rocks tempting drunken sailors to tragically sink to their doom in dark and dangerous waters.

   I was hugely influenced by my favourite musician and songwriter Nick Cave for this mythical Miss. My recent viewing of his film/documentary 20,000 Days on Earth  left me unable to listen to any other music for days. One of my favourite tracks on his album Push the Sky Away is called 'Mermaids' I listened to this album practically on repeat while creating this tragic little mermaid.

My sad little nakey siren has thin wire through her locks and a green and black vintage lace tail. her tail fin also has has wire inside for added movement.

  I'm also creating a vampish batgirl (a creation I have long wanted to create) with Autumnal pin curls, a face like Theda Bara, and a waspish figure. I have created her costume and wings with vintage black lace and given her bat wings a thin metal frame. Here's a few snaps of the working progress. There are still a few more hours work to be done but she's almost there.

Even without her wings she's managed to climb to the hights of my bookshelves!

Batgirl has a vintage black lace costume and wings supported by a metal frame

Theda Bara face

Initial designs

  I'm also hoping to create  'Maude the Trick or Treater' as well as several commissioned feline faced corsages.

  I've also decided that this month I will re-watch lots of my favourite creepy, classic movies. I kicked this idea off last night by watching the original 1963 movie The Haunting. My little brother and I watched this together when we were both really young - not sure where our parents were!? I remember us both crying in fear! The movie doesn't terrify me quite as much these days but it brings back very powerful memories of absolute terror!

The Haunting 1963 

Also on my list are:

Don't Look Now 1973
The Cat People 1942
The Innocents 1961
The Devil Doll 1936
The Night of the Hunter 1955
The Show 1927
Dracula 1931
The Black Cat 1934
Halloween 1978

Clockwise from top L: Dracula, Halloween, The Black Cat, the amazing cat woman in The Cat People, Arachnida the human spider in The Show, The Innocents, The Devil Doll, Don't Look Now, The Night of the Hunter, and The Cat People.

  I hope everyone has a great weekend and is looking forward to the coming Autumnal weeks. Let me know what scary movies might be on your list this October.

  Pip x