Artist Research: Susan Stockwell

Susan Stockwell’s work takes many forms from small studies to large scale sculptural installations, drawings and collage. The materials used are everyday, domestic and industrial disposable products. These materials are manipulated and transformed into works of art that are extraordinary.


I am intrigued by Susan’s use of so many different everyday products to create these stunning life style dresses as in my own work I am working towards a life size sculpture.

I found Susan Stockwell’s work when looking through the book: The first cut by Manchester art gallery (pages 99/100/101).

Fiona Corridan (2012). the first cut paper at the cutting edge. Manchester: Manchester art gallery. 99-101. I used the above book to look at work by the artist Susan Stockwell. I looked at her work on the Highland dress 2010 and the Colonial dress 2008.

I also used the following websites to look at Susan Stockwell’s work:                             Nicole Rallis . (2016). Susan Stockwell’s Victorian-Inspired Gowns Made of Maps and Money. Available: Last accessed 22/03/2017.

Susan Stockwell. (2016). about. Available: Last accessed 22/03/2017.


Artist Research: Elisabeth Lecourt

Elisabeth Lecourt is particularly known for her eye catching map dresses. She was born in France 1972 and currently lives and works in London. After studying Fine Art in France she moved to London to study at Kingston University and Central St. Martins, and achieved her Masters from the Royal College of Art in 2001. Since then, Elisabeth has enjoyed a successful career exhibiting her Map Dress Installations and Paintings worldwide.


I found Elisabeth Lecourt’s work whilst looking through the book: The first cut by Manchester art gallery (pages 72/73 & 74/75). I was inspired by her use of maps when making dresses as with my own project I want to explore different materials to make my dress with, and I found maps to be a material rarely used.

Fiona Corridan (2012). the first cut paper at the cutting edge. Manchester: Manchester art gallery. 72-73. I used the above book to look at the following artists work: Elisabeth Lecourt. These are the works I looked at from this artist: Le petit pois magique 2012, Le Tablier d’Encre 2012.

I also used the following websites to look at Elisabeth Lecourt’s work:                     Elisabeth Lecourt. (2006). elisabeth lecourt. Available: Last accessed 21/03/2017.                                                                                         Onespacemedia. (2017). elisabeth lecourt. Available: Last accessed 21/03/2017.              Nice Face Logo. (2016). elisabeth lecourt. Available: Last accessed 21/03/2017.


Artist Research: Gary Harvey

Gary Harvey is a well known designer who has created numerous out there creations. He began designing his environmentally friendly dresses during a fashion campaign. He needed something dramatic for a shoot so he took 42 pairs of Levi’s 501’s and made them into a dress. He has continued designing eco-fashion since. His first collection of eco-designs was showcased in February of 2007 at London Fashion Week for Estethica , where designers show collections founded on ecological and organic principles. He doesn’t just recycle clothing to make his designs either. Some dresses are made with cans, bottle tops, newspapers and cardboard boxes. His eco-design collection was initially created to help raise awareness of the limits of natural resources and to increase awareness for environmental issues including placing unwanted clothes in landfill sites. His imaginative and inspiring collection has been featured now in almost every major fashion magazine as well as new books all around the world.
The first design evolved using 42 pairs of Levi’s 501’s”. Since that time his passion for creating recycled couture has taken over, and he’s produced a stunning design using 18 Burberry macs, a fishtail corset dress using 28 camouflage Army jackets, and a body-contouring gown using discarded baseball jackets. Gary’s latest creation is the newspaper dress, made from 30 copies of the Financial Times.


The newspaper dress was what initially made me look into Gary Harvey’s work for inspiration. I found the image in the book: Paper, tear, fold, rip, crease, cut by black dog publishing (page 146).

I find his work very inspiring in the fact that everything he uses to create these fabulous dresses is recycled.

Here are more examples of his recycled work.


Paul Sloman (2009). Paper tear fold rip crease cut. London: Black dog publishing. 146.         I used the above book to look at the artist Gary Harvey, I looked at his work on the recycled paper dress 2007.)

I also used the following website to look at Gary Harvey’s work:                                       Gary Harvey. (). Eco-Couture. Available: Last accessed 22/03/2017.


Decades vintage shop Blackburn

Vintage fashion gem, Decades, one of the country’s top 50 vintage stores favoured by top designers and movie makers where every item has a story to tell in Blackburn, is one of the top 50 in the country.

In fact, Decades, having also featured in the Sunday Telegraph’s Top 50 vintage stores, is better known in London than in Blackburn, according to its owner Jan Conroy, 52, who founded the store almost 25 years ago after selling second-hand outfits from a rail in her bedroom.

It is also number five in the top vintage shops in the industry bible Miller’s Antiques Guide.

The store was also featured on Twiggyy’s Frock Exchange.

The biggest issue for Jan is finding vintage clothes to fit the cast. She says: “People are bigger than they were 25 years ago. Seventies flares in a size 16 have a 28-inch waist that’s the equivalent of today’s size 10, so it’s sometimes difficult getting clothes to fit the actors.”

The emporium is home to thousands of pre-loved items each with a different story to tell. There’s a 1961 ball gown, worth 200 guineas at the time, which was won by a lady in a competition in Woman magazine.

There are children’s pre-war leather boots – “although I wouldn’t be so cruel as to put a child in them as the leather is so stiff. They are more museum items,” says Jan.

She also has a stunning lingerie collection with silk nightdresses and dressing gowns, Madonna-style satin bras and even silk girdles.


Jan buys direct from the seller and at specialist auctions. She also attends fashion fairs including Hammersmith Vintage Fashion and The Clothes Show Live. “It’s hugely competitive these days. But it’s my passion,” she says.

Decades is a treasure trove of vintage gems right on our doorstop in Blackburn! Unfortunately after speaking to the owner of decades, the shop has now shut and turned into an online store. Which I find such a shame that a lot of our loved vintage stores are now shutting. I would like to bring the love of vintage back to Blackburn!

When looking at a space where I could eventually put my display for fmp, I found out that the space where decades once was has now turned into the gallery used for art students at Blackburn college and the space is available for me to put my display in. I think this would be a great place to put my display in and give recognition to vintage clothing in Blackburn.


Steinberg and Tolkien vintage shop

Steinberg and Tolkien was one of the most iconic London fashion emporiums in London which inspired designers from Galliano to Gucci.

Stylists, designers, students have visited Steinberg & Tolkien, the tiny, iconic boutique that gave birth to the trend for vintage when it opened its door to an unsuspecting world some 14 years ago.

It seems almost unthinkable that, at that time, it rare to admit to wearing ‘second hand’ clothes, but as stylish names like Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Winona Ryder pushed the boundaries of fashion, experimenting with vintage pieces, the quest for unique, antique style gained a momentum no-one believed possible. Suddenly, it was hip to admit your outfit had a bit of history, and Steinberg & Tolkien was at the heart of the vintage movement.

While museums offer priceless, pristine pieces in glass cabinets, Steinberg & Tolkien allowed you to indulge the desire to feel the fabrics and see fantastic, quality examples of important trends over the years, even if you couldn’t always afford to buy them.

It was a very inspiring, invigorating place in a world where everything is mass-produced and we see people in the same clothes from Primark all the time.



Artist Research: Zoe Bradley

In 2005 Zoe Bradley began her journey of sculpting in paper.

She discovered her love of paper whilst making a showpiece for the designer Michiko Koshino. The paper dress grew organically from hand pleating large pieces of paper. This started her journey of creating sculptures in unexpected materials.

Through her skills as a fashion designer, she works like a tailor and applies her artistry using paper form. Her works involve her folding, cutting and stitching paper.

“You need a sensitivity to the paper, a patience, otherwise the creations are ruined and you have to start again.” Zoe Bradley

Recently she has started to use digital technology in the form of laser cutting resulting in extremely intricate pieces of art.

She finds inspiration in the area surrounding her rural home, nature, theatre, couture and architecture.

Hankyu department store.

Zoe Bradley. (2017). about. Available: Last accessed 27/02/2017.

(The above website was used for artist research on Zoe Bradley.)






Artist Research: Kyle bean

Kyle Bean is a London based artist with a passion for handcrafted design and illustration. He creates images and animation for a variety of projects as well as installations for fashion brands and events. He has been involved in projects for a variety of clients including work for the BBC, installations for the New York Times Magazine and shop window displays for Selfridges, Liberty and Hermes.

Kyle Bean was commissioned by Selfridges to create a series of sculptural installations to fill the western 2wonder room” windows of their London store.

Kyle Bean’s window displays demonstrate balancing acts. Inspired by the theory that “matter can not be created or destroyed, only transformed.”

The works include a wedding cake hanging next to a mobile made of its ingredients, a mythical castle made from fairy tale books, and a motorcycle hanging next to all its individual components.

kyle bean. (2017). about. Available: Last accessed 27/02/2017.

John Engelen. (2017). Selfridges’ London display windows by Kyle Bean. Available: Last accessed 22/03/2017.

(The above websites were used for artist research on Kyle Bean.)