Monday, 9 November 2009

Fashioning art

Up to this summer, I hadn't bought a fashion magazine for years; I'd rather spend the money on a good book or some juicy art supplies. However, this year I bucked the trend and went 'glossy'. My most thumbed and now a touch dog-earred is June's Vogue. Being a little off-trend I bought from a discount market stall in July - for a mere 80 pence - a top tip for the cash-challenged. I've devoured its pages since in a fashion probably never seen before. No, readers I have not been eating it, but I have tried out a few recipes.

Vogue inspires many a fair maiden - most often to part with their cash on clothing, make up and accessories and to drool over Jimmy Choo's. For me however, it's the paintbrush, pastels and acrylics, it's the new photoshop skills I'm learning on my visual poetry course; it's the colouring in of Nicole Kidman, the magical mermaids swimming off the swimsuit pages and the experiments with shade. I have collaged, gessoed, snipped, stuck and now had a bit of fun with my scanner and photoshop.

Thank you Vogue - June 2009 - you have helped release my creativity. In your honour I create this digital collage from you and for you ... and also Mixed Media Monday's 'Fashion' challenge.

16 comments:

  1. It amazing how much mileage you can extract from a magazine - you certainly have had your 80p's worth. Like this image by the way.

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  2. that looks awesomely edgy!! LOL!! looks like you're having fun with photoshop and i'm having fun (and some concerns) with my photo editing software ... hmmm... we have been on the same wavelength lately!! i hear so much about photoshop .. it's the one thing that i wanna learn but have yet done so cos i can't afford the software yet :) but it'll happen ... and i know you're doing tutorials with ilka :)) her work is amazing ... and so will your soon be :))

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  3. oh wow...what a great piece...and I love that you are having so much fun with Photoshop...it is a great application....I am hooked on it too....

    Great work!!!

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  4. What a great time you must have had creating this most unusual and beautiful piece! And let me compliment you on your gorgeous blog header.

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  5. your photoshop skills are amazing!! and how fun to start with "cheap" stuff and end up this great!

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  6. Beautiful piece - lovely blending of real and fantasy!

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  7. Gorgeous fashion art; beautifully created!

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  8. Well done with the new take on fashion! ;)

    Sorry to hear that you're experiencing writer's block. Don't worry too much about it. The blocks come with the bundle. Maybe you're tired or just trying too hard. Take some rest, draw a bit and then come back to give it another go.

    As NaNo is all about word count, it doesn't matter if your story is making sens or not. No one is going to check plot turn, characterization, etc.

    My main character kept going off to places doing things which (at this stage) was of no concern of the main story. I just followed her to make up the 50000 words. The "making sense" will come during the re-writing.

    Hope this helps you to ease off your writer's block. Gotta get back to my story .... she's calling! :D

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  9. Your take is so unique Lisa - I never know what you're going to do next! However, I am always assured of a witty description to go along with your artwork! Love what you do/did and I buy my high end mags from market stalls - well out of date, but eminently affordable!

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  10. It's great to see you getting so much value from your Vogue, and the piece is such fun! Diane

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  11. Very, very beautiful and creative!! I love it!

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