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    Sep 2012

    Manga Mondays ~ Tincek-Marincek

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    Slovenian twin sisters Valentina and Marina (Tincek-Marincek) create some superb pin-ups and share a Deviant Art page. You’ll find a lot of fantasy themed manga art amongst other illustration work, beautifully crafted with splashes of digital effects. I chose a few highlights to display here, but do visit their web page if you like what you see.

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    Sep 2012

    Miriam Bos

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    I love Miriam’s fun style, full of bright colours and big smiles. Her pattern work is beautiful and is available to buy as fabrics and wallpaper from her Spoonflower Shop. She also creates ‘Doodle Strips’, a sort of online sketchy comic but without the separation of boxes. To be honest, I’m not completely sure it works as it isn’t in English (but I hope it reads well as it looks amazing and very inventive)! Her website is definitely worth the extra little click to get to. She has lots of work, freebies and more. So if you like what you see here, head on over…

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    Sep 2012

    Fashion Fridays ~ Celia Birtwell

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    Moving from Manchester to hip Notting Hill, London in 1961, a 20-year-old Celia Birtwell spent much of her time with fellow creatives. Her first break came designing furnishing fabrics for Heal’s, but her first step on to the path that made her famous was when Alice Pollock, owner of London boutique Quorum, commissioned Birtwell and then partner Ossie Clark to design a dress fabric collection. It was not long after that Celia and Ossie were in high demand by the social elite including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Twiggy. Having a booming fashion career in the 60s and early 70s her career slowed down thereafter.

    However, Birtwell’s career and the public’s interest in her work has had a recent renaissance. Since 2006 she has produced sell-out garments for Top Shop, won multiple awards, and even garnered a CBE in recognition of her services to the fashion industry. Birtwell’s fabrics are detailed, exciting and romantic, drawing inspiration from fine art and the classical world. Her work helped define a generation and her influence is echoed throughout the whole of the fashion industry. A recent book documenting Celia Birtwell’s eventful life and career is available on amazon and is possibly the best source should you want to find out more about her.

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    Sep 2012

    Willie Real

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    Willie Real is an ex-Blue Sky Studios environment designers, and part-time Google doodler. I stumbled on Mr. Real’s work a few years back and fell in love with his confident pen work. His illustrations are like refined sketches—all the movement and expression of a sketch, with wonderfully clear and controlled line work. How he managed to marry the two so well is what makes his work so inspiring. You can keep up to date with Willie Real’s antics on his blog.

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