Monday, 28 February 2011

GPPS Street Challenge No. 48 Been there, done that.

As soon as I saw this month's challenge from Michelle Ward for the GPPS Street Challenge I knew what I would do.  However actually getting some time to do it was another matter as it's been a busy month with time away from home at board meetings and conferences.  But I REALLY wanted to do it.  So yesterday, amidst packing the case for yet another conference (this time one I am running  for 2 days plus an optional retreat), I just got the paint, gel medium, stencils and pictures together and went for it!

This marks a really fun day I spent with daughter no.4 when she came home for Christmas part way through her year on placement with designers.  She was working for Lanvin in Paris but has a real interest in Yoji Yammamoto and Issey Miyake as well as Maison Martin Marjeila who all do very interesting things with shapes and fabrics.  There were two exhibitions we went to. One at the Royal Academy on Art, Fashion and Identity where we saw Alexander McQueen's famous red lace dress (sorry no photos could be taken!) and then on to the Barbican to see the Japansese Fashion exhibition.  Both were fantastic with lots to see, be inspired by and thought provoking.  In between the two exhibitions, we headed off to Dover Street Market and into the Rose Bakery for a spot of lunch - one of the their special quiches with salad and some delicious jasmine tea.  Best of all it was time spent with a lovely young woman who is full of creative ideas and who I love very much!

Just some info on what I did to the pages of my journal: I painted the two pages in acylic paint (one red and one black) and then stencilled over some white paint in places.  I made a pocket with red carpet tape, to put some more little photos from the brochure in, and secured the cut outs and pictures with gel medium.  Note to self - don't put gel medium all over the page if you want to write on it afterwards, which I did!!!  I tried to write with both a white and a black pen but  it didn't really work too well.  I think I will add some more journalling probably on other paper and stick it in unless anyone has any other thoughts?  Ok, must finish the packing and start concentrating on the day job!!


michelle ward said...

Sheila - thanks for coming to play! Bravo for grabbing some time to get the pages done (when you should have been packing). Sometimes it fills the well when we indulge in a little ME time. Cool that you captured the daughter-day-out on a page, and that you got to see the McQueen show!

shona said...

looks good mum! sp. yoji yammamoto and maison martin margiela!!!!!!

Check the MMM website. Its so well designed!!!!

Sarah said...

What fab bold pages, black and white and red is a great colour combo if you really want to pack a punch!

I can recommend Uni POSCA paint markers for writing over acrylic paint or gel medium, they work like a dream.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you get a glimpse into someone else's life with this project. Not just you, but your daughter and the life of a designer. I love the use of red. It's so vibrant both as an accent and as a major color choice. It's compelling--as is your story.

Parabolic Muse said...

I love the red and black color theme! Thanks for sharing about your time with your daughter... sounds so fun. I wish her well on her path--so exciting!
Thanks for sharing.

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