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Head template to use when designing hats and headdresses

Sometimes when you just want to sketch down lots of ideas for headdress designs, you don’t want to get bogged down with trying to draw the same head over and over again, in the same sized scale.

So I have developed these 3 templates.  Please feel free to download and use them to help you with your designing.  At the moment they are free!  All I ask is that if you want to pass them onto a friend, then your friend downloads them from this website, instead of you forwarding the downloaded file onto them.

You can either print them out, or use them as a background layer in photoshop (they are A4 size).

Choose the file you would like and right click to save the image to your desktop (they are jpg files).

  1. ‘Head template – 12 x small scale, front facing blank heads’
head templates to use in design work

12 small heads to trace

2. ‘Head Template – 5 x front facing blank heads’

5 heads to trace

5 heads to trace

3. ‘Head Template – 3 x front and side facing blank heads’

3 front and side on heads to trace

3 front and side on heads

Timesheet for artists to keep track of hours and materials on a creative project

I developed this timesheet so that I could easily keep track of time that I spend on a project and also the materials.  It would also help other artist, crafts people, milliners, prop makers, puppet makers, costume makers and designers to help keep a log of the hours and money they spend on a job.

Please feel free to download and use it too.  Don’t forget to add in things like hours spent sourcing materials, and time spent delivering an item or postage costs.

Its free!  All I ask is that if somebody else wants to use it too, then ask them to download it from here rather than emailing them your own download.

Click on this link to download (it is a PDF): expenses_timesheet_template_edition1

Luxurious Embellishments at the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition



Going through my archive of photos, I found some wonderful examples of embellishment techniques at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition from 2014.  This amazing exhibition ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’, was on at the Barbican, London, from 9th April 2014 – 25th August 2014. It was packed full of beautiful clothing and was really forward thinking because you could take as many photographs as you liked – bravo!

What I also thought was brilliant was that each look had a label that not only described the materials, but in addition many of them detailed how long each piece took to make.  It’s something that made me really happy because it helps to dispel the myth that creatives are not also business people.  Jean Paul Gaultier clearly has a great business brain as well as fabulous creativity, and has a clear idea of how much it costs to produce his creations.

I was looking at the huge exhibition for several hours and one thing that struck me was just how many processes there were in the different collections.  So many materials and techniques, with each one pushed past its boundaries with imagination.

For this post I have decided to hone in on one element and concentrate on the beading, embroidery and other embellishments that I noticed in some of the pieces.

↓ Tuxedo style satin jacket; silk jersey toreador trousers with silver-thread, beads and jet embroidery ↓  ‘Calligraphy’ collection.  ‘Enluminure’ ensemble.  Haute couture spring/summer 2009.  Time needed to create 56 hours.  Ensemble worn by Arielle Dombasle in her video for ‘Porque te vas’ 2011.

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↓ Beaded skull top ↓  Sadly I did not write down the information about this one!  If anybody knows please leave it in a comment below and I will update the post.  I think it might be one of the ‘Gaulthique’ from the 1980s, as I did photograph the information about the red piece that you can just see on the right hand side of this image.

“Some pieces I designed in the 1980s were a kind of haute couture: unique, embroidered pieces for both men – my ‘Gaulthique’ sweaters for example – and women, a number of them involving a great deal of work.  Without officially doing haute couture, many designers at the time presented it in their prêt-à-porter collections: Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaïa, Claude Montana.  Such pieces were all out couture, with incredibly sophisticated finishing.”  Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Tattoo beaded silk blouse ↓  ‘Confessions of a Child of the Century’ collection.  Haute couture autumn/winter 2012-13.

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↓ Cut velvet gown with cross-stitch embroidery and ribbon with glass, crystal and jet beads ↓  ‘Tribute to Russia and Ukraine’ collection. ‘Gaïna’ gown.  Haute couture autumn/winter 2005-06. Time needed to create 242 hours.  Hairstyle by Odile Gilbert.

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Long denim coat with jet beading ↓  ‘Haute couture salon atmosphere’ collection.  Haute couture spring/summer 1997.

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If you would like to see more of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition, there are many images on the web.  The corset display was divine.  One corset was made of straw – a crafted work of beauty.

Below is a link to a youtube film, filmed during the installation of ‘From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ at the ‘Kunsthalle München’ (translates to ‘Art Museum Munich’). The work was exhibited there from 18th September 2015 – 14th February 2016.


Mohicans, mohicans, mohicans!

Need I say more?!  I will let the photographs speak for themselves.  Here are some of the mohicans that caught my eye at ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’.  Barbican, London, 2014.

It’s next on at The National Gallery of Victoria, 17 October 2014 – 01 March 2015.  Catch it if you can, a real treat.


Union Jack Mohican at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhbition 2014

Blue mohican

Blue mohican with beautiful beaded jacket at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhbition 2014

Yellow mohican

Yellow mohican with tartan at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhbition 2014

Red mohican

Firey red mohican at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhbition 2014

Top hat mohican

Top hat mohican – side view

Top hat mohican

Top hat mohican front view

Black turban

Black ?velvet maybe? turban mohican at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition 2014

Orange turban

Orange felt turban at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition 2014

I did look for credits on who made these impressive creations, but there weren’t any.  I think they might have been made especially for the exhibition display, because they were not listed as being part of any collection or from a particular year.

If you know, please leave a reply in the comments!

I like the way the edges of the pieces have been finished off with a plait, at the point where the hair sits on the mannequin head.



My favourite hats and drawings that I have created over the last few years

Since graduating from university in 2007, I have made a fair number of things.  Whilst working with creative coach Mark McGuinness, I decided it would be useful to put together a collection of all my favourite headdresses, puppets and masks I have created.

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Open Studios – 2013 – my inspirations for new work

My Open Studios are just around the corner!  The dates and opening hours are:

3 – 6 October 2013
18.00 – 21.00     Thur (Private view)
11:00 – 18:00     Fri – Sun  ( I will not be there on Sunday, but I will be there all day Friday and Saturday)

Address:  Unit 3, ASC Studios, Empson Street, E3 3LT

Here is my ‘Artist Profile’ and a bit of insight into what ideas and themes I have been researching:

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Where to learn business skills when you are an Artist

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Business. Money. Profit. They can seem like dirty words.

Well, as an artist who has been practicing her craft since 2007, I have some advice. You have to make money. There’s no 2 ways about it, you have to learn business skills. Nobody wants to learn them (well, maybe a rare few). Everybody would rather spend all their time creating. But that is not possible if you want to be successful and make a living from your art. And by successful I mean be able to pay your rent, go on holiday, buy food, afford to take the tube instead of the bus…..

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