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Casa Curio Tiedye collection lockdown launch

Casa Curio Tiedye collection lockdown launch

You started this enterprise in lockdown, what inspired you?

I have been doing tie dye since I was a child, it’s always something I’ve done.

When lockdown started I was unable to work, and I had 2 laundry bags full of old white clothing I wanted to dye, so I thought what better time.

I had a lot of interest to the pieces I was sharing online, and I started getting enquiries, so I decided to set up shop.

 

Was this a reaction to BLM to raise money or did the two go hand in hand?

I’d already started the shop when I decided to do a capsule collection for a charity.

I teamed up with a make-up artist I work with who supplied me with some beautiful organic carbon neutral tees to dye.

The T-shirt’s being finished coincided with the BLM marches in Thanet organised by People Dem Collective. It is a cause I feel very strongly about, so I decided to donate all proceeds from the capsule collection to BLM UK.

 

What’s your technique, what processes do you to? Do you anticipate how each piece will look or is the unknowing all part of the fun?

I’ve been experimenting with loads of different techniques and methods. Initially it’s all about experimentation, but now I apply bespoke dye colours and patterns to individual pieces, so I know how I want it to come out. The beauty of hand dye though is that no two pieces will ever be the same, so there is still an element of surprise even when planned.

 

Will this be something you’ll carry on post lockdown?

Yes, definitely. I love it, it’s a brilliant creative outlet and I love seeing people wearing my pieces so I hope to continue my little cottage business after lockdown

 

You’re an amazing stylist and work with some incredible people when it comes to fashion, do you think you’ll be using your pieces in main fashion shoots or is this a side-line bit of fun?

Thank you! Yes I’m sure a bit of Casa Curio tie dye will be popping up in my work once I get back shooting!

 

Finally, how and where can we buy your pieces?

At the moment I’m selling through my Instagram shop @casacurio but I’m hoping to be developing a website over the next few weeks, and I may be popping up in some much loved Margate establishments soon so watch this space!

 

 

Lilias Buchanan’s Sound and Vision art classes

Lilias Buchanan’s Sound and Vision art classes

We have been working with Lilias for two series of drawing class. Most recently, we moved her class online and did a 6 week lockdown class, via Zoom. We had incredible feedback and amazing results from everyone. The online class, Sound & Vision, featured iconic albums, paired with iconic artists, it was incredibly conceptual, without ever having a physical subject to draw. On the last session we worked with cellist Francesca Ter-Berg, who played live and modelled for us.

Here’s a short video of when we caught up to reflect and discuss future classes, with Lily and Sara, who did both the physical class in 2019 and the online class this spring. We have also included a some of the artist’s work below.

 

Watch this space for new classes this summer.

Topic: Lily Buchanan and Sara Ratcliffe Art Class debrief
Start Time : Jul 2, 2020 09:57 AM

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Free online presentation and Q&A about the South East Creatives initiative.

Free online presentation and Q&A about the South East Creatives initiative.

Philippa Wall and Marina Norris, Kent and East Sussex local coordinators for South East Creatives, host a free online presentation and Q&A about the South East Creatives initiative.

This event will be a short, sweet and succinct introduction to South East Creatives, what it is, what it does and how it supports creative enterprise in the South East. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A and some direct details about how the initiative could support you and your business.

The presentation will be hosted through Zoom on Friday 3rd July at 10am BST.

 

About South East Creatives

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, South East Creatives is a business development programme supporting growing creative practices working in Kent, Essex and East Sussex. The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network.

www.southeastcreatives.co.uk

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