Monday, 30 May 2011

Collaboration with Pebelle and Kennel Helsinki!!!

Hello Hello!!!
It's been a while...I've been all wrapped up on being back in the UK after my long globetrekking jaunts alongside a couple of projects I've been working on so I'm finally getting around to updating my blog!
So thought I would share a couple of images from a collaboration I worked on a while back... I teamed up with my good friend and awesome textile artist Petra Kraeutner of Pebelle for our collaboration with Finland based film production company, Kennel Helsinki.
We worked with photographer Wolfgang Steiner in producing a series of images which feature pieces from both my work and Pebelle's.
So here's a couple of pictures from the collaboration!!!
Love and Sparkles,

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

'My Friend the Mosquito'

As I've been banging on about it....I can now finally unleash my latest pieces of work created as a result of my project in Taiwan. Over the past few months, whilst based in Taipei, I have been working on both research journals and a small collection of garments which come together to form my most recent series of work titled, 'My Friend the Mosquito'. Another purpose for locating myself in Taiwan for a while was to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with a new bunch of creative talents as well as get to grips with the art and design scene in a different city. This selection of images was the final stage of my mission in Taipei in which I joined forces with a local creative team on location at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, a major landmark within the city.

Before I stop droning on, this is the official speile about the collection in case you want to peruse...
'‘My Friend the Mosquito’ is an off season collection of works developed and designed in Taipei, Taiwan 2011 as part of Emma’s position as Resident Artist at ‘Dream Community:Culture & Education Development Foundation’. The series of pieces present a juxtaposition to Emma’s previous collection focusing on camouflage and disguise techniques used by insects. The garments embrace pattern formations influenced by the features of moths native to Taiwan translated into surface embellishment and appliqué in exaggerated, saturated hues using holographic features. Other themes are inspired by the translucency and iridescence of mosquitoes alongside the idea of storytelling and methods of the heart drawing upon the concept of transformation taken from the Taiwanese folk tale, ‘The Tigress Witch’.
The collection also features a garment influenced by the annual lantern festival, which is constructed out of paper, bamboo, plastic and cotton.'

Image Credits:
Designer: Emma Bell
Photographer: Ching aLittle
Hair and Make-Up Artist: Chunyen Lee
Model: Queenga @ New Face Model Management
Assistant: Ouson Lee
And that's that....!!! Hope you like the new work!!!
Love and Sparkles
Emma xxxx

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Farewell Taiwan!!!

Hello Hello!!!!!
So last week I waved farewell to Taiwan after spending 3 months working on my project over there!!! I made it back to the UK in time for the AMAZING Royal Wedding and have been mainly sleeping off the exhaustion of recent events and doing 'British Things' since my that I mean I have been doing stuff like eating beans on toast, cooking indoor BBQ's as a result of the rain, going to the beach, baking cakes and watching a whole lot of 'Jersey Shore' with my cat Tango! Then it's back to cracking on with my current projects as of the end of this glorious Bank Holiday weekend!

In a few days I will show you the results of my new series of work created in Taiwan so hold your horses for that....
In the mean time a quick round up of how my final few days in Taipei rolled....
There was plenty of scrumptious dinner dates and farewell extravaganzas in the mix....lots of last minute shopping and 'situations'...gossip sessions with Sharon and Ann, Oolong Tea ice cream, ordering too much food, packing dramas, laugh crashing by people who look like they should be on MTV....
On my final day in Taiwan Winnie, who I met during my project at 'Growth Lily', kindly took me to the 'Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines' as well as up into the beautiful mountains of Yangmingshan National Park for milk tea and strawberry waffles! Oohhh and as I was leaving I got the BEST PRESENT EVER from John and Yili, a lovely couple who live at Dream Community...A HELLO KITTY PANCAKE PAN?!!?!?!?!?AMAZZZZIING!!! I'm soooo excited to use it this week!!!

And now I come to the end of my exciting Taiwan chapter!!! Well....there's still my project to be unleashed but, no more tales of Asian antics and the likes.... for a bit of Earl Gray!!!
Love Emma xxxx