Monday, 23 March 2015

Scarf School


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We were very excited when we heard that Hill Street Design House would be hosting a scarf masterclass with our favourite scarf designer (and girl crush), Karen Mabon. We have written about her designs before (many times) and they have appeared in more than their fair share of outfit posts, so we made sure we signed up as quickly as possible. To ensure we didn't waste our precious tickets, we prepared as much as possible before the day. This mainly consisted of pinning as many beautiful scarves as possible.

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On the day we were welcomed into Hill Street with pretty sweets and plenty of inspiration adorning the walls. Karen started off with a little intro about her, taking us from her Edinburgh College of Art days studying goldsmithing to working with set-designer Fred Butler and onto having her designs stocked in Liberty's scarf hall. We got a peek at her initial illustrations and tips for finding inspiration. One of the most helpful parts of the intro was hearing about the importance of placement. This got us all thinking about the best ways to design that would allow our scarves to shine when being worn in various ways as well as when lying flat. After this we were let loose drawing out initial ideas. It was amazing to see how varied everyone's initial designs were. Karen came around us all, giving ideas of the best way to make our sketches into fully fledged designs.

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With the limited time available we quickly got onto our designs, choosing to use paper cutting and collage to speed up the process. Being bloggers it seems we both have a bit of a egotistical streak and each created layouts featuring our own mugs. These quickly became nicknamed narciscarves (everyone wants a scarf with our faces on, non?). We also both covered our designs with bright colours and things we love. Basically we wanted to make sure our one off designs were as personal as possible.

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The class was filled with other fellow Karen Mabon lovers and a number of familiar faces in the form of Miss Vicky Viola, Ashley of Rock Paper Pen, Sinead of Wee & Twee and Fiona. It was lovely to see everyone but there wasn't much chat as we concentrated on getting creative and raced to get finished in time. We all managed it and the final paper designs all looked fantastic. We seriously want one of everyones! The designs are now in the capable hands of Karen who will prepare them all for printing. We also hear tell of a Scarf School graduation in the works and we are possibly even more excited about that than the class itself. It will be so nice to see everyone's finished scarves and get a good calm chat without the glue covered fingers and scissor blisters. Who are we kidding, we loved that. Long live Scarf School!

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2 comments:

  1. What a fantastic-sounding event and I love both your designs - can't wait to see the finished products!

    Hope this runs again, I'd love to have a go.

    - Lis (last year's girl) x

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    1. We are so excited to see our finished scarves! We couldn't recommend the class more. If you get the chance to do it then definitely go for it :) H&K x

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