Saturday, 11 December 2010

Pop Up Shop So Far 11/12/2010

Some shaky photos.

Well things didn't start too well this morning when I arrived at the 'shop' my hats seemed to put under a table or strewn on a hat stand that wasn't suitable. Most upsetting. Over the past two evenings I hadn't sold a thing. One of my pieces hadn't been put out because it seemed too cluttered with hats! It was a hairband. So myself and John changed everything around, some hats are now on the wall, giving people a change at least to look at them.
Although this morning it was rather quiet and only a few items seemed to be selling, none of them hats. We had to go out and hand out flyers although this wasn't very successful. The building is close to the centre but tucked away, so not very noticeable. I suggested that it would be a good idea if a pop up shop was to happen again it should be in the centre of Leeds. If I do participate in another I need to think about whether my hats will sell. I tried to make things that I thought people would want to buy, for a good price. My most expensive hat is £48, which for a hand made lined hat is a good price.
It's not even the end of the day and I feel dejected. We have to go back at 3pm to collect our unsolded items. Fingers crossed my next post will be more joyfull.

Doll x

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow Day (01/12/2010)

Well the weather and other factors have meant that there is no college on today. Which is a shame as I was rather looking forward to blocking silk which will be moved to next weeks lesson. This afternoon I will be watching how to marry a millionaire, watch this space for sketches. Fingers crossed the weather doesn't get any worse as we are off to The Big Smoke tomorrow for a day of lovelyness. I want to visit the ballet russe exhibition and the dior illustrations at Summerset House. V excited.

Doll x

Recycled Hat (24/11/2010)

I went up to my attic the night before college and collected up some items to get creative with. I used a wooden head to pin my items to. I really enjoyed getting creative this way, I went back to my fashion degree days and used some moulage (manipulating fabrics on a stand or head).

Pop Up Shop Preparations

So I have been frantically creating one off lovely pieces for the Pop Up Shop. I have used class time to finish off some felt and sinamay hats. The hats I have created I feel would apeal to a wide selection of people and are very affordable. They would make a smashing Christmas gift.

I hope to see you there.

Doll x

Leather Hat

My leather hat started so well, I chose the button block and a peice of grey leather. I used the suede side on the leather with a seam running down the middle. If I had managed to create this beauty it could of been one of my favourites. My downfall was buckram which wasn't strong enough, then I double layered it which improved the situation. I blocked my leather and the cut off the excess, although I didn't leave enough leather to fold over, this is where it went wrong again. I cut into the excess to fold it over. Glued it down and papercliped it in place. And I wasn't very happy with the end results. I would like to take another stab at making a leather hat, maybe once I have gotten over this initial disaster.

Doll x