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Monday, 31 May 2010

Family Tree

Im from quite an artistic family so the creative bug is definatley in my genes! It fascinates me to learn about the skills of my relatives, and I'm sure unknowingly in the early days, this has made me who I am.
I decided a long time ago that I wanted to get a business back into my family, and that it would be strongly linked to my roots.
My Grandad was quite a talented photographer, and although there are not many images left of my Dad and his sisters as children, the few we do have are amazing. I sadly never met my Grandma Lillian, or my Aunt Pauline, as both passed away when my Dad was young and long before I was born. The photographs we have of them are really natural and I think thats why I am so fond of them.
I have always wanted to dedicate my work to them and their memory in some way, and after looking through the photographs my Auntie gave me, I found some I had never seen before and it hit me that they would be brilliant for my work and give me the family link I had been looking for. The images I have chosen will be used in 'point of sales' graphics and other promotional materials. My collections for 2010 onwards will also have dresses with key cuts named after my Grandma Lilli and Aunt Pauline, aswell as Great Aunts from my Mums side of the family. So make sure to check the labels and meet the family!

In Loving Memory

Customs House Gallery

The customs House Gallery

Seen as I am new to blogging I thought id bring new followers up to speed with what I am up to and fill in the blanks on where I have been the last few months.
At the moment my website is almost finished (pushing my IT skills to the limit I can tell you) but its almost done and I'm really quite proud of it. I stock a local vintage store with my clothing and accessories and most recentley branched out to a new outlet, with the Customs House Gallery. (south shields) This is a really lovely place and by the sounds of it people like my items as I sold a piece within the first week which is super exciting. Im selling my hair accessoires there alongside recycled vintage jewellery by Zanna Designs.

Me with our display at the store opening.

The gallery itself is on the river bank, and the shop is now situated on the high street in South Shields just a short walk from the metro station. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

History of FrayedFrocks

FrayedFrocks first came together a few years ago whilst studying my degree. I knew that when I was done being a student and needed to grow up, that a career in design was the only path for me.
My main passions in life are fashion, photography and all things vintage! So what better than to combine all 3 to create my dream job.
I have several childhood memories of watching my Mum sewing away making our clothes and soft furnishings for the home. So from a very early age I knew fabric and stitch would be the starting block to my own future.

Starting out I wanted to combine my love of vintage fashion and fabrics to create a line of clothing and accessories that reflect trends of times gone by, but with an added twist that makes them unique and recognisable in design.
I have loved learning about the history of fashion and the distinctive styles belonging to certain era's. I really love the idea of each piece having a story behind the design, and it is those stories that inspire me the most.
Everyday I am surrounded by fabrics and garments with great history and I am lucky enough to be able to let loose my creativity and breathe new life into fabulous fabrics.

All the fabrics I use are recycled from old clothing, so although they are of new design, they are very much from a vintage background. I like to keep my design work individual so that each piece is unique to the wearer and I try to achieve this by adding found objects. whether they be odd buttons or charms and beads from broken jewellery, each item has that little something special.

I'm really new to this blogging malarky! but because of what I do, I thought it would be nice to start blogging so my customers as well as everyone else can see my new collections as they emerge and learn a little more about the girl behind the stitches.
fee x