I can't believe its been over a month and a half since my last blog update! Time is really going by so fast, half the year is over and I am VERY aware that I turn 25 in August. Eek! There has been so much going on that I haven't gotten my head together writing it all down.. and still so much more to do!
So I have had some ups and downs this past month, I have to admit I have been very stressed at times, but the hard work has paid off as I have gotten several bespoke pieces for clients finished and have even organised and styled a short film that myself and Jonathan (who I work with in the Duncairn Studio) have directed.
This month held the prestigious LO'real Professional Colour Trophy award and I was lucky enough to have two very talented hair stylists chose me to style and dress their looks. The event was showcased in The O2 in London and the dresses looked fabulous on the big stage. I was so thrilled to hear that both entries WON their categories and beat their competitors from the UK and Ireland. Woohoo!!!
So after the glitz and glam of TWO LO'real winning looks it was time for me to focus on the production of our short film, influenced by two books by Jeanette Winterson; The Daylight Gate and The Passion. The script tells of two witches who meet and fall in love, one witch gives up her heart to the other and a spell is cast upon it, making her vulnerable and lost in her new found love.
I made and styled the characters costumes. This was pretty stressful but great at the same time as this project was totally self funded. I had total free license to make and style whatever I pleased. We had cast our members and I began brainstorming who would wear what on each scene. It was a great experience and learning curve as I have never done anything like this before. I thought it would be like styling and organising a shoot but it was far from it. A shoot can be edited and retouched but filming, if something isn't sitting or moving right the shot needs to be taken again and again so this was certainly more time consuming.
We shot in several locations, we needed dark and grimey backdrops so choose a nightclub in Belfast called Villa ( dark with cool lighting and cage sections of the dance floor) and T13 ( a warehouse skatepark where Rihanna shot her 'we found love" video and where my Graduate fashion show took place). Below is an image from our third location, which was an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Belfast.
We shot over two days and got some really cool takes. I also invited along a local photographer called Malachy McCrudden who took some beautiful still shots of us behind the scenes and during filming. The photos are gorgeous and are going to be displayed up here in Duncairn for you all to have a nosy at.
I couldn't resist but to take part in the film myself. My role was to be part of the Balaclava Clubbers gang. The gang are introduced in the opening scene where the two witches meet and first fall in love. Once the spell is cast on the heart the Clubbers turn into witches themselves. This was great to make costumes for as I love working with dark fabrics so I worked in black mesh, fringing and sequins to give the camera something to glint on in our dark locations.
Hopefully I don't leave my next blog post too long next time, I feel great now that I've gotten back into writing, I'm off now to finish my bridesmaids dresses that are almost complete for a final fitting tonight and finish putting up my display here in Duncairn. My next post will be pictures of the display so I can show you guys a better insight into the short film production.