Sunday, 29 June 2014

the importance of taking photos




With this post, I started looking back at my first year of art school but then it started to change into the following post about taking lots of photos, and memories, and nostalgia. They link quite well together but for the sake of clarity I decided to separate them as each part got a little too wordy and the overall post would have practically been an essay (which we only had to do ONE of this year, how lucky are art students?!)!

Basically, I was looking the other day through all the photos on my phone (a lovely iphone 3gs, not at all clunky) and being quite nostalgic, there are two years worth of photos on there and I realised for the last year I had hardly taken any photos, and if there were they weren't very telling of the memories themselves, you know? I hate it when I take photos but when you look back at them they don't tell you anything about how you were feeling, who you were with or anything like that. That's not the type of photos I want to take (not that I am a photographer or anything) but in my opinion, even though we live in a digital age now, I still think it's important to try and think about each photo and try and make it meaningful.

By the sounds of that, you would think I would be totally into Instagram, but after a few months of trying it in 2012 I kind of gave up, initially out of boredom but basically because if I became addicted to another social network it would have meant my entire life would have been spent on my phone. I totally get the appeal, and I LOVE the idea of looking through a person's profile and seeing their aesthetic and their life at a glance, but I feel like I missed the popularity wagon for Instagram and it's now too late to get on, y'know?

Anywho - my main qualms with my honestly crap selection of photos from the past year were that I wish I had taken more photos of places I had been, people I was with, interesting things I saw... things that may seem banal at the time but if you look back on can really clearly detail memories and feelings n lots of soppy stuff. Of the photos I did take I found it really fun to look back on because you can see the growth of myself as a person, how my clothing and style changed and other strange, small things that changed over the course of the year. If I had taken way more photos of what I initially thought were banal, I would have had a really interesting photo diary of the year.



This kind of elitist mentality I find stupid. This person used a phone to take this photo and then share it?? The 459,313 people agreeing with this were using technology?? I'd get it if these people then didn't continue to most likely take photos and stick em on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but they most likely didn't... Either embrace technology and how it has brought an abundance of benefits and privileges (along with a vast number of problems) or don't.

And continuing on from the concept of a photo diary, I hope to take as many photos as I possibly can without gaining some sort of reputation as a weird tourist gal... photos of my face, what I wore, what my friends wore, my desk, my flat, funny things, plants, the bus, pavements... Not only will it serve me well in terms of providing inspiration as a designer but it will be a fantastic way of being soppy and nostalgic when I make a post similar to this one next year!! 

If anyone dares to tell me taking photos are taking away from the moments themselves, then I'll just tell them I have such a duff memory of my childhood that looking back at photos from then is the only way of making me remember stuff!

my little photo blog - i've been posting 2 photos from each day for about 2 weeks now

Hope you enjoyed this rather lengthy post, but I'll leave you with another technology-relevant post I found on tumblr. Unfortunately I don't know the original source for this one, but if anyone knows who said this originally I'd be very grateful!

"Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit."

CIAO and be wiggly
Jean
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Monday, 9 June 2014

Knitting in Fashion

Howdy! I'd like to share with you guys a guest post I did for over at Mademoiselle, about the history of knitting in fashion! I go from its beginnings of fashionable-ness in the 1920's all the way through to the present where you can't go into shops without seeing a jumper (except summer, of course). I really loved researching and collecting lovely images for this post so I wanted to share the post and the lovely blog to you guys.

Here's a little excerpt:

Chanel wearing one of her infamous striped jersey tops
Source
Two of my most favourite things in the world are knitting, and fashion, so what better to display my enthusiasm than to showcase the interesting history knitting has had in the fashion world.

It's not always been that comfortable and fashionable knitwear has existed, and even as recent as the 1980s, knitwear was seen as dowdy and old fashioned. So, what changed?
Knitting itself has existed for hundreds and hundreds of years, and the practice itself saw a sharp decline in popularity in the 19th century when the industrial revolution began and the use of machines caused many families to stop hand-making clothes and undergarments, because many had to instead spend most of their time working. 

Knitwear never really came to the fore until Coco Chanel completely changed the course of fashion...


Read more about what Chanel did and how knitting so a decline later on in the post which you can read here. Be sure to check out Mademoiselle, it's a lovely blog by a lovely blogger!

Ciao and stay squiggly~
Jean
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Post banner made with clipart from Just Something I Made, and a sample of knitting from the V&A website