Bjork Swan Dress DIY & Pride Float Design

My choir, Rainbow Chorus, had a float this year for Brighton Pride. We had a week to get the float designed and implemented. We chose Pop Icons as our theme. I’d recently lent a hand in re-branding the choir with a new colour scheme, so I chose a sexy new desaturated theme for our float to match.

We had a small grant from the Rainbow Fund (thank you!), and I saved a lot by choosing to use leftover household paint on leatherette fabric. I chose a simple but bold design, and spent most of my time cutting out the stencil of our Top of the Pops esque logo.
The full set of pictures are up on flickr here.

My second project that week was my Bjork dress for the float. I’ve often been told I resemble Bjork due to my round Polish features and I’ve always admired her as an artist. What a great opportunity to make and wear her infamous Swan dress! I basically built it around a nude coloured vest top with layers of recycled net curtains layered with white voile. I made the swan head like you’d make a soft toy swan, and blended it as best I could with the voile.

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Fabric & Pattern design

Here are a selection of original patterns I’ve created. Quite often, they start as original artwork or sketching, that I then convert into a pattern. Many of these are available as fabrics at my spoonflower store. I also use the fabrics in my own textile products.

‘Eye of The Dawn’ found footage documentary screening

‘Eye of The Dawn’ found footage documentary piece. ┬áMoving Image and Documentary. This film is inspired by the concept of fake documentary and explores the boundaries between truth and lies. The film plays with the idea of legend and myth of a historical figure such as Mata Hari, the exotic dancer, accused of espionage by Read more about ‘Eye of The Dawn’ found footage documentary screening[…]

The Wise Ones – Documentary

The Wise Ones dir Maria Russo The Wise Ones is a research based on the interaction between the following ideas: Intergenerational exchange of knowledge, cultural resilience and active ageing. This research has the intention to open a space for reflection about the small stories that shape our societies an also to reflect on our perceptions Read more about The Wise Ones – Documentary[…]

Klara Bow Silk Scarves

  The first arrival to the ‘Make Hirstory’ A/W collection is the ‘Make Hirstory’ scarf; a love letter to the genderqueer communities. The second scarf that will be released this week is ‘Safe Here & Now’ scarf, a silky portable version of the comfort blankets that I make through my second business, Plume Storytellers. Come Read more about Klara Bow Silk Scarves[…]

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