Contemporary printed fashion fabrics, literature/journalism & innovative embroidery.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Shredded tulle sequin princesses - or: How did I not blog about Ashish AW14 earlier?!

Giant satin bows, crimped meringue hair, LED shoes, tiaras on every girl, Polly Pocket makeup, shredded tulle, glorious sequins, sport socks, clustered crystal hems, wedding dress skirts, candyfloss colours, Chloe Norgaard(!), shimmering tinsel jackets, oversized ruffles, ethereally electric music, sequinned tracksuits, gold and pink, iridescence. Ashish AW14 took everything I've been fawning over and made it about a million times more romantic, and therefore completely incredible. It's sugar-sweet nostalgia without making you wince; the endless sequins are balanced with the sportswear silhouettes and layers upon layers of tulle. It's an absolute myriad of textures, topped of with rainbow LED platforms. Perfectttttt ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Friday, 29 August 2014


Tinsel curtains, cow print skirts, blood, murder, Chesterfield cigarettes, stoner Brad Pitt, dance music, Cadillacs, Christian Slater, fringed lampshades, motels, cocaine, LA, blonde bobs, boobs, guns, trashy TV, diamanté horseshoe rings, Gary Oldman with dreads, metallic earrings, call girls, impromptu marriage, kung fu movies, spilt popcorn, blue heels, rollercoasters, Christopher Walken looking like a vampire, movie stars...

Instagram update/outfit(s) post!

 I've been so busy since finishing uni (more explained in a blog post soon!) that I have hardly posted at all! Sorry about that, I'll get back on it ASAP. I might do a little blog revamp soon too! Here's a peek at some outfits I've been wearing recently - purple & pink all the time!

Featuring Asos, Jen Cheema, Topshop, Elle Shoel, Cow vintage 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Exhibitions, pom poms and a new project!

There's been so much going on recently it's been hard to keep up! In the last few weeks I've graduated from University of Cumbria with a 1st Class Honours BA (Hons.) in Contemporary Applied Arts (specialising in printed textile design), exhibited at the incredible initiative that is New Designers alongside some amazing emerging designers, started a new project based on veils, feminism and novels, generated an obsession with organza pom poms and customised some shoes, become infatuated with creating contemporary jewellery and watched some incredible movies.

I'm really excited about my new Veils project. I'm not giving too much away until I have it underway but there's some really interesting concepts about paradox, decadence, sexual ideals, purity, feminism, silencing, gender, novels, and power. And some exciting techniques: digital print, screen print (acids and pigments), transfoils, glitter transfers, beading, machine embroidery, PVC embellishments, laser cutting, ruffles and fraying. We'll see...


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

HEATHERS: trash, murder & high school

I just watched Heathers for the first time and, of course, I adored it. Full of the 80s, trashiness, sneaky murder, Winona Ryder making out with Christian Slater, huge red scrunchies, fabulous hair, high school, funerals, huge shoulder pads, bombs, croquet, bright blue drain cleaner, attempted suicide, lost friendship and suicidal cheerleaders. Everything I love in a film. The art direction, by Kara Lindstrom, was beautiful. It's definitely going to inspire my new Veils project!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

MY DEGREE SHOW 2014 at University of Cumbria

Screen-printed, digitally printed and embroidered giant wraps. Crepe de chine and chiffon fashion fabrics.

All screen-printed designs handmade by Elle Shoel, digitally printed fabrics printed with Centre for Advanced Textiles, Glasgow. 

University of Cumbria's degree show exhibition is on Sat 31 May to Fri June 6 2014.
Brampton Road campus & Caldewgate campus, Carlisle
Open: 10am to 4pm  (Closed Sunday)