Monday, 15 November 2010


I have made a start on designing my xmas wish list so that Santa can get an early start- it's pretty rough, but includes the main items of lust. Really LOVE the Alexander Wang and See by Chloe bags. Pleeeeeeeease Santa- think I have been rather good!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Parisian Presents

1. Chanel Pearls
2. Vintage Satchel from a shop in Le Marais, Paris
3. Rabbit in a hat necklace
4. J. D'Ormant scarf, found in a flea market in Paris
5. SEE by Chloe Purse
6. Vintage Jacket from a flea market in Paris
7. Vintage Chanel hanger a man gave me for FREE
8. Shearling Jacket- River Island
9. MUSE magazine
10 & 11. Vintage plaited belt
14. Jade ring

Just a few of my many lovely birthday presents. This year was the BIG 2-1 and I was given a lot of beautiful things by extremely generous friends and family. Paris was lovely- We spent most of our time looking for vintage markets and shops all over the city. Eventually after a few misses we stumbled upon some gold mines. A shop near the Islands, and a flea market outside the centre of Paris. I couldn't believe how cheap all the amazing vintage clothes and accessories were- once I'd located the shops it was easy to find great bargains. 
It's probably quite evident that I seem to be into black and gold at the minute- I think I can get away with it in autumn/winter, but I don't know if the obsession will pass in time for spring!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Because You Never Know When...

How good is this advert?! I'd never seen it before today but just thought it was awesome. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" makes what would usually be a sexed up Lynx advert, seem really cute and cheeky. Loves it. That's All.

Thursday, 28 October 2010


Just a few snapshots from my birthday weekend in Gay Pareee. Lots of eating and vintage shopping ensued. Pics of Purchases to come .yeaaaahhhh.

Restriction Project

The aim of this project was to create 4 double spreads inspired by one of a list of 10 words. The requirements of the brief included only using 2 colours, sticking to Helvetica typeface as well as a word limit for each spread (0, 10, 50, 100). The word I chose from the list was "submersion". What first came to mind was brainwashing and a lack of control due to utter submersion of the mind, (slightly creepy I realise). This notion led me on to exploring cults who use brainwashing techniques, and of course what instantly sprang to mind was Charles Manson... 
I was inspired by how Manson managed to control people's thoughts and actions using drugs like LSD as well as music by The Beatles. Manson's "family" committed a series of murders in the Hollywood Hills in 1969, but he was not actually physically involved in any of them. These murders became known as the "Helter Skelter" murders, as that was what was written on the walls of the murder scenes in the victims' blood.
I decided to depict how Manson used mind control techniques that led to the Helter Skelter murders. The spreads are quite enticing and attractive ( I hope), only subtly highlighting elements of danger. The hypnotic, circular shape is a constant element in all the spreads; it emphasises the lure and appeal that Manson exerted toward his "family".
These digital versions of the spread actually look different to the final prints. I printed on "cool tan" coloured paper which I definitely prefer. I shall post a sample of the final prints laterzzzz.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Summer dreams ripped at the seams

1. My lovely Steph and I in Morocco making sweet, sweet music
2. Freshers Week Take 3
3. With my sister in Angkor Watt

summer alphabet

So for the last month or so I have been traveling around the UK, moving into a new house and taking on an already hectic workload from uni- seriously busy! Unfortunately my little blog has been neglected during this time :( but on the bright side I am settled and ready to blog frequently once more! The craziness of September is over, and as my favourite month begins there is a lot to look forward 21st next weekend in Paris, friends' birthdays, autumn wardrobes and costume madness at Halloween.

To sum up the end of summer I have posted an image of my summer project. The brief was to create a concept using the alphabet to describe your summer experiences. My process was to take inspiration from Islamic design in architecture, i.e mosques, and create an alphabet inspired by this. I made an alphabet influenced by the traditional geometric shapes of islamic patterns. Once I had a foundation for this I then filled it in with a photograph I had taken of the city of Tangiers, Morocco. Finaaaalllly, I printed my design onto a dish dash (traditional muslim clothing) and presented it as a garment. 
This project was just an introductory/icebreaker to the 2nd year of my course, I am sure there will be much, much more to come! Love

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

batch 2.0 diana f+

my sister Jess in the architecturally amazing pool in Kep, Cambodia
Rain in the centre of Saigon
Treetop pool resort, Kep, Cambodia
View of Saigon/ Independence Palace
View from a houseboat of Mekong Delta River
My sister hoarding objects on the beach
Angkor Watt Temples/ Me in a restaurant (?)
Mobile garden on the Mekong Delta
Crab fishing
motorbike/ tuk-tuk

Picked up my Diana prints from Vietnam & Cambodia today- here are some of my faves from the trip. Once again it was a complete surprise to see how the photos turned out as I tend to carelessly but excitedly snap away at anything I think looks interesting. I realised that my favourite prints seem to be the ones with people in them, whether or not they're double exposed (blatantly my favourite effect ha) or unintentionally quirky. I'm just worried that when I get back to England the sunlight won't be strong enough to take lomographic (think that's a word?) photos...?


Paul Smith Swimwear & 3D glasses
Plastic Jewel thing found on the floor in Cambodia
Abayah clad women in Morocco
Rings from a Cambodia market & Drip Mat
Keep up and blog on Drink Mat from Geronimo's restaurant in Heathrow Airport
Best.Card.Ever. Elton John and David Furnish from Lazy Oaf shop in Carnaby Street, London

Just some of my favourite things I acquired on my travels this summer. I always collect printed things that I like and keep them for forever. You never know when they come in handy! I use the stuff I pick up in my graphics work, and I'm pretty sure these ones are going to feature in my summer project in some way. The Elton and David card has made my life.