Lost Plots

— influences, inspirations, illustrations, design, crafts, writing, music.


A new tote bag I’ve been working on, I love the old black and white horrors, especially Elsa Lanchester as the bride of Frankie (but Elsa he just wants a friend!) This was a sketch I did then machine embroidered onto fabric. Lots more to come!

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I am fast becoming obsessed with ‘Grey Gardens’ a 1975 documentary by the Maysles brothers. The all singing, all dancing Little Edie Beale Bouvier is astounding, hilarious, tragic, eccentric, sad, this is the best docu I have seen in years and has to be the most quotable ever.

“This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don’t like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today.” – Little Edie
Just writing about it makes me want to watch it again…

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Having got this film noir box set for Christmas (thank you Tray Tray & Rhi) it has become a firm favourite. It includes ‘The Killers’, Burt Lancaster’s big screen debut, previous to this he had been a circus acrobat, and what a handsome devil he was! But for me Film Noir is all about those ‘double-crossing dames’, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck. Beautiful and evil, the femme fatales get all the best lines and outfits! Veronica Lake in ‘This Gun For Hire’ as a club singer/conjurer who does slight of hand card tricks while singing and dancing, what’s not to love?!

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Inspired by the beautiful film ‘Wings of Desire’ and the Angela Carter novel ‘Nights At The Circus’.

This image was created with a few different drawings I had done on this theme, collaged together in illustrator.

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‘When she was good she was very very good

but when she was bad she was better’ – Mae West

A quite successful first attempt at embroidery on printed fabric.

The Strawberry pin up!

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