As mentioned in my previous post, my work has been featured in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration alongside many other fantastic and talented illustrators. Just over a week ago I went along to the book launch which was held at 123 Bethnal Green Road in East London.
|Image courtesy of Volt Cafe|
During the day there was a tea party with herbal tea supplied by Pukka Herbs, scones and cakes by Lily Vanilli, a live illustration event and lots of interviews with Amelia Gregory of Amelia's Magazine, who complied and published the book herself.
|Stunning #ACOFI inspired cake by Lily Vanilli, photo courtesy of Lira Leirner|
I arrived with my boyfriend Jay (check out his motion design reel here- he's mega talented) when the band 6 Day Riot were just about to start playing. I hadn't heard of them before but they put on an electric performance which really got the crowd going. The atmosphere was buzzing and I spent the next few hours meeting lots of interesting people.
I was particularly excited to meet some of the wonderful illustrators from the book. I wish I'd met all of them! It was lovely meeting Lesley Barnes who is a massively talented illustrator and animator. She looked super sweet in her vintage dress and had some amazing accessories!
|Lovely Lesley Barnes|
I also got chatting to Natsuki Otani, Bex Glover, and Zarina Liew who are also illustrators for the book. They are all such inspiring ladies!
|Super talented Zarina Liew and her man|
|Fun chats with Bex Glover, her boyfriend Paul, and Jay|
I very briefly met some of the other illustrators- Emma Block, Abby Wright, Andrea Peterson and Jenny Robins... again I wish I could have spent more time talking to them as they are all such exciting and creative talents.
I was thrilled to meet fashion designer Satoshi Date, whose designs I illustrated in the book. He showed me a catalogue of his designs which was amazing. He feels so passionately about ethical design and infuses many traditional Japanese influences into his work.
|Satoshi Date and his lovely friend Nobuko|
|My illustration for Satoshi Date's fashion designs|
|Satoshi Date's amazing fashion design|
It was also inspiring to meet fashion designer Lira Leirner. She was really interesting to chat to. I checked out her designs after the party, she creates a real eclectic mix of pieces, which shows a diverse, experimental way with fabrics and concepts. Check out her designs here.
|Beautiful contrast of elegant simplicity and raw fabrics- I love this dress by Lira Leirner|
Later in the evening I got chatting to Maxine Ashleigh Johnston, aka jewellery designer Little Miss Delicious. We both discovered a shared love for bright red Mac lippy and monochrome! We both had the exact same shade of lipstick and had on black and white dresses. I think you would all agree she looked fabulous. I took a look at her jewellery designs after the launch. Maxine makes super cute pieces with polymer clay which she then hand paints. They are quite simply delicious!
|Jewellery designer Little Miss Delicious|
|Exquisitely crafted and fun... jewellery design by Little Miss Delicious|
Towards the end of the night I got the chance to chat to Amelia Gregory herself. She looked stunning wearing Beautiful Soul and was full of life. What an inspiration. Congratulations Amelia.
|With Bex Glover and Amelia Gregory|