Friday, 29 August 2014

'The Sewists' by Josephine Perry....

  A few weeks ago I received my very own copy of Josephine Perry's 'The Sewists'....




   I'm very proud to announce that today 29th August 2014 is publication day for this incredibly neat and well styled little book. Each chapter is dedicated to 20 different DIY projects from designer/makers, including myself, Abigail Brown, The Felt Mistress and Hand-Printed textile designer Jessica Hayes Gill - to name just a few.

  I was so thrilled when first approached about the book that I set to work on creating a very simple little Pip doll pattern, which can easily be duplicated into lots of little characters to form a mobile circus decoration! It was also a joy to spend a delightful 'interview' afternoon with author, designer/maker and sewing workshop tutor Josephine Perry. Thankyou Missy for popping me amongst the pages of this fabulous publication! x

  'The Sewists' is out now! Published by Laurence King  available on amazon and in all good bookshops.



The original of this design (which was such fun to make) has been hanging in my little boy's bedroom for over a year. I think he's well and truly claimed it.



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New Myrna Doll....


Nora Charles: He's dragged me into every gin mill on the block!!!


Myrna's dress is made from beautiful autumnal 1940's fabric. I have kept a autumn theme to her outfit by suitably matching her hat and bag with her dress. Her legs are wired for posing in a seated position and the little buttons on her collar, sleeves and pocket are also vintage - as is the button on her belt. Asta is my own sketch printed onto Epson matte paper and backed onto some sturdy card. He also wears a coat to match Myrna ensemble.

  This is my third Myrna Loy doll inspired by her famous role as Nora Charles. I'm afraid she has skipped away from my shop already this morning but I really wanted to upload these photos so you could see all the little details on her hat, bag and dress. Asta's looking fairly snazzy too!






On the shelf



Myrna approves. This 'Hat' print is now available over in my Etsy shop.





  Curious Pip xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Myrna Knows Hats........

  I've always had a tremendous obsession with hats (especially vintage hats) my grandma was to blame, she never left the house without a hat, even in her early eighties, health sadly failing, if she went out it was always with a hat. There's something about a hat that pulls an outfit together (especially if you've teamed it with suitably matching gloves, bag and shoes)

  My favourite gal Myrna Loy certainly had a head for hats!




  Several months ago I started working on a little set of illustrations inspired by Myrna Loy. Despite trying to concentrate on other work I keep coming back to this delightful little project and adding more ideas and scenes. I always strikes me how marvellous she looked, whether it be in a 1930's jaunty beret or a 1940's turban...'Myrna knows Hats!!'


Myrna Loy inspired illustrations



'Did you say something about scrambled eggs?' I love the way Asta appears just at the very end..


  I never get tired of reading about Myrna and her incredible life and career. I just adore watching her movies no matter how many times I've seen them. I was so thrilled last week when I discovered two movie gems - that I not seen before- hidden in the depths of the Internet - 'When Ladies Meet' 1933 and 'Topaze' also 1933. I'll admit they're not as snappy and 'Ms Loy' focused as her hugely popular future vehicles, but these movies were made just before she 'hit the big time' in The Thin Man 1934. As usual Myrna looks so smart and stylish, you can't take you eyes off her when she's on the screen, she shines, she stands out and it's easy to see that her already amazing career is about to get even more exciting. In 'Topaze' she wears two very cute hats that captured my attention and prompted me to rework my 'Myrna knows Hats' illustration. It's not that I wasn't happy with my first one I just felt the urge to illustrate hats that were recognisable from particular movies.



When Ladies Meet 1933





Here are the hats I've featured in my illustration...



Clockwise from top left:  Topaze 1933, Thirteen Women 1932, Shadow of the Thin Man 1941, The Thin Man 1934, Test Pilot 1938, Lucky Night 1939


The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933


  I think maybe the 6 hats is enough. I started off wanting to fill the whole page but felt the eye lost its focus and left the illustration a bit jumbled. Hope you like it.


'Myrna Knows Hats' 


   This will be available as a print along with lots of others in my shop very soon. The holidays slow me down a little bit, but come September I will be giving my shop a complete 'do over'



Stamboul Quest 1934


Clockwise from top left: Publicity shot for Whipsaw 1935, Shadow of the Thin Man, publicity shot, The Thin Man 1934, Whipsaw 1935 and The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933

A head full of olives! The Martini Hat in 'Third Finger Left Hand' 1940

  Since I'm writing this post on a Saturday..I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Mallorca...

  I'm now back home in Bristol after a very relaxing week in Mallorca! It's always such a joy to take a proper break with my husband and little boy. We had a joyous week of laughing, lounging, swimming, reading, drawing and eating. Mallorca is an extremely popular tourist destination with a lot of package holiday resorts, but don't let that put you off, it doesn't have to be that kind of holiday. The landscape is so totally natural, breathtaking and untouched. We stayed near Pollenca which is a traditional, little Mallorcan town situated on the north of the island. With its cobbled, narrow streets, pretty town square, bakeries and artisan shops it was all really quite charming and romantic...


My little boy attempts to count the 365 Calvari steps in Pollenca!


The Mediterranean heat is a little too toasty for me but I was fully covered in SPF50


Holiday sketching and painting.


My little man is such a great little artist. These are his sketches of  Wasp Man inspired by
a mammoth wasp we saved from our swimming pool.


A former Roman theatre now a restaurant in Port d' Alcudia (that ceiling was stunning!) Stunning views at Cap de Formentor and a pretty pink sky.


Shady walks at the nature reserve...


    Among several holiday reads, I read a rather old biography of Merle Oberon. I remember borrowing this book from the library in about 1989! I found a copy in a charity shop a few weeks ago and thought I'd re read it. I'm not sure if I would have particularly warmed to Merle as a person but her story is quite, quite fascinating. On my return home she has inspired my next little character, I will post more on that next week.








  Hope that everyone is enjoying their Summer so far! xx