18 August 2019

Sunday self-portraits: Gallery play area

One of the reasons for my recent visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art was to make use of the colourful play area outside as a selfie background. Unfortunately I chose the busiest day possible, the opening day of the summer activities for children! But I still managed to get some fun photos.

15 August 2019

100 day project: days 81-100

Wow, I can't believe we've made it to the end of the project! It's been so much fun and I've learned loads, and it's been such a supportive community with all those participating! What better way to finish than with a self-portrait, recreating my profile pic which is by @lizharrydesign , taken on the Glasgow @incolourfulcompanywalk last year. I'm actually already making use of this illustration as the lock screen for my phone and my profile pic on some sites! I also went right back to the beginning of the project and did another drawing based on the cover of the book Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
Some of my favourite drawings are in this batch, including the two I mentioned above, the umbrella drawing featuring @bluebellebombshell from the Edinburgh colour walk, Blair Imani's amazing cosplay, and my drawing of the wonderful Nadiya Hussain (which is featured on the grid of @wordsweekend just now, advertising the fact that she will be speaking at their festival).
One of the things I have loved so much about this project is that my Instagram friends have been sending me pictures of magazine illustrations, posters, and t-shirts, that remind them of "my style" (someone sent me one as I was writing this blog post!). I've never had a style before, and I'm liking that I do now!
Next I have to get started on preparing my work for the exhibition - getting things printed and working out how I want to hang them. But there will definitely be some more colourful digital drawings from me in the future - in fact, I've had an idea for a new project that I'm quite excited about, which will build on one of the drawings in this post!


12 August 2019

Where to buy colourful clothes

I wrote recently about why I like to wear colourful clothes, so now here are my tips about where to buy them!

I've bought countless pairs of Lucy & Yak dungarees, a couple of dungaree dresses, and a jumpsuit. The limited edition print dungarees are always fabulous! They also do great funky trousers.

Lucy & Yak dungarees, Seasalt top, secondhand beads

Great for fun patterned clothing in fabulous 1980s-style prints. I got a striped top that reminds me of the packaging of Refreshers sweeties, and goes with just about anything!

Boden trousers, Dreamland top, secondhand jacket

My brightly coloured trousers have all come from Boden - I've got a zingy yellow pair, a bright pink pair, emerald green ones, and teal ones (and a few in more subdued colours!). They are also a great source of my trademark stripey tops.

Secondhand kimono jacket, Seasalt dress

This is the other place I get a lot of stripey tops, and also patterned dresses.

Seasalt dress, Cambridge Satchel bag, secondhand scarf

Independent designers on Etsy
These are a great source of screenprinted t-shirts etc. I recently got the "Creativity is a Way of Life" t-shirt from A Spoonful of Sugar.

Secondhand coat, Boden jumper

Great for colourful handbags!

Secondhand jumpsuit

Charity shops, vintage stores, car boot sales, and kilo sales, are all great sources of fun items. Dresses are my main secondhand buy, and I've managed to find some in great patterns and colours.

Secondhand cardigan and bag

 Secondhand dress

 Secondhand dress

 Secondhand t-shirt

Secondhand dress, Cambridge Satchel bag, grumpy look model's own!

11 August 2019

Sunday self-portraits: Luminarium

Some photos of me from my recent visit to the Luminarium in Dundee. It was fun to see how the colours of my clothes and hair changed in the different lighting!

08 August 2019


A few weeks ago I went to Dundee to have a look at the Luminarium which was set up there for just two days. What is a Luminarium? It’s a big, colourful, inflatable building made up of interlocking domes, with interesting spaces inside.
The company has a number of different Luminaria, and this particular one was called Miracoco. It has a central space inspired by the Lotus Temple in India, with three coloured domes around this, and a tree-inspired space.
The inside of the Luminarium is lit by daylight filtering through the coloured areas of the structure. This is amazingly effective, and results in spectacularly coloured spaces that look like the inside of a futuristic space station. It’s made of PVC that gets recycled into other objects once it has reached the end of its life. And the structure is wheelchair-accessible too!
I arrived a while before the Luminarium opened for the day, and I was glad that I did. I was about 20th in the queue. I waited for 30-45 minutes I think. The queue was already very long by the time I went in, and by the time I came out there were people standing in a queue that would take hours to get to the front of!

The experience of being inside the Luminarium wasn’t any of the things I worried it might be – it wasn't hot, crowded, claustrophobic, noisy, overwhelming or disorientating. In fact it was quite calming with atmospheric background music, and little pods where you could sit down and relax. You walk around without shoes on, which keeps the surface clean, so I didn’t have any worries about lying on the floor to take photos!

I had an amazing time at the Luminarium, and I’d recommend visiting if one comes to a place near you! It’s great for children, but also good for adults to visit on their own.

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