• Reel Style: Down With Love

    by  • April 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Ah, the early 60s. An era epitomised by battles of the sexes, great outfits and stunning interiors. All of which are at the forefront of ‘Down With Love’, the 2003 homage to (and pastiche of) the gentle Doris Day/Rock Hudson sex comedies.

    Proto-feminist author Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) arrives in big old New York with her new book – a self-help handbook for modern women – and lots of hats. Pit her against rival playboy journo Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) and sparks of animosity (aka sub-textual passion) fly. There are quips, double entendres and a jaunty soundtrack aplenty but the tone is really set by the eye catching sets (thank you Production Designer Andrew Laws, Art Director Martin Whist and Set Decorion Don Diers)

    I’m pink, therefore I am

    Barbara’s publisher rewards her soaraway success by giving her a penthouse. (Those were the days…). Shag pile, fire pit, spiral staircase, sugar pink scheme, every single girl should have one…

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    The World According to…Johanna Basford

    by  • April 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illustrator and ‘ink evangelist’ Johanna Basford has created designs for book covers, albums, Absolut Vodka, H&M, Channel 4 and more. She’s just launched the gorgeous The Secret Garden An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book (Laurence King), a reason for grown-ups to wield their felt-tips again, see a little video about it here. It’s inspired by the flora and fauna that surrounds her home in rural Scotland.

    What’s your studio like? Light and airy. I don’t like clutter so I try to keep my desk clean – when you’re working with pens and pencils and large sheets of paper you need room to move elbows etc.

    We live in a converted farm in the country and the studio has large windows that overlook the surrounding fields. I’ve got a big desk, lots of pens and pencils and of course my scanner and laptop for doing the final digital tweaks to the drawings (usually erasing tea splashes and smudgy fingerprints).

    I don’t like to throw away drawings, so I’ve got a two plan-chests stuffed to breaking point with every drawing I’ve made in the last five years. My extensive pen collection takes up several plastic storage boxes stacked up in one corner. I’ve got hundreds, but you can never have too many.

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