Friday, 23 December 2011

Friday I'm in Love.... Festive times

So its a Merry Christmas to everyone and thankyou for everyone who has supported Rowanjoy and my adventures into Bridalwear this year. Here is to exciting and fabulous times in 2012.

Rowan x

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Friday I'm in Love.....Lucy Macleod

I Love Lucy. I love Lucy's work. I first met Lucy a few years ago when we were planning a bit of a collaboration between the 2 of us and ever since then I have loved seeing her new work. Lucy has just got a fabulous new website where you can see all of her fabulous work. I would highly recommend having a nose.

Rowan x

Friday, 25 November 2011

Friday I'm in Love.... Jim Lambie

I absolutely love Jim Lambies work, whether it is a floor covered in multi-coloured vinyl tape or an ornament of a bird dripping with neon paint, it all pleases my eye. If I ever have a staircase it is definitely getting some stripe action on it.

Rowan x

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

All the fun of the fair

The next couple of weeks are proving to be a busy time here at Rowanjoy in the run up to Christmas. I am going to be doing a few markets in the first couple of weeks of December and also shall be sending stock to my online stockist Swelle Boutique who is off to The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham. The Clothes Show Live is on at Birmingham NEC from 2nd-7th December so if you are in the area go along and say hello to Denise from Swelle and see all the other fashion action that is going on. 

First up for me is a double funk fair market weekend in Edinburgh (Sat 3rd December) and Dundee (Sun 4th December) I have done funk fair for the last few years and its always a great day with a great variety and mix of vintage and handmade goodies to be rummaged through and lusted after. I have always ended up treating myself to something off one of the other stalls after a hard day selling. Here are some peeks at some of the goodies I shall have on my stall for you lovelies to come and buy.

Silk Flower and Vintage Lace Headbands £25

Peter Pan Collar Dresses £45

Georgette Screen Printed Scarf £18

Wool Tweed Screen Printed Scarf £22
Screen Printed Sweatshirts £25

I will also have some previous season stock and super bargainous prices and various other bits and pieces to tempt your pennies. So would love you all to come along and say hi, there will be mulled wine and mince pies to get you in the festive spirit. The following weekend I will be in action at Noir! festive extravaganza which I will spill more about later on.

Rowan x

Friday, 18 November 2011

Friday I'm in love.....Family of the year - St Croix

I heard this song on the radio a couple of weeks ago and had it downloaded before it had even finished. Its the perfect summery antidote to a scottish winter, who wouldn't want to be doing some dodgy dancing on that beach drinking love potion. Give it a listen it will put sunshine in your bones.

Rowan x

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Friday I'm in love.... Daniel Egneus

I have decided to make friday I'm in love... (yes I know very imaginative) a regular post and each friday I'm going to write about (imaginatively) something I love. It will be a mixture of my inspirations, people whose work I admire, films, music and maybe the odd random one in there as well. 

 This week I am bringing you an artist/illustrator whose work I think is a nice continuation from my post about Tim Walker from last week - Daniel Egneus. I came across his work thanks to my friend Lucy, who is herself a wonderful illustrator, and fell in love as soon I saw it.  His work, like Tim Walker's, has a dream-like quality to it with scenes filled with girls dressed in animals and rooms with creatures and pattern covering the page. There were endless images I wanted to post up here but had to limit myself to just a few but if you want to see more then head to his website here. Its definitely worth taking a little while out of your day to immerse yourself in his wonderful worlds. 

Rowan x

Friday, 4 November 2011

Friday I'm in love.... Tim Walker and Mongolia

I had the joy of receiving my new copy of British Vogue through the post on Tuesday and did my usual flicking through to the photoshoots first. To my delight the first shoot I spotted was by my favourite photographer (apart from Paul) Tim Walker. I have loved his work since I saw his shoot with Lily Cole in India and just fell in love with the dreamy wonderlands he creates in his work.
Tim Walker Lily Cole shoot British Vogue
Tim Walker Lily Cole Shoot British Vogue
Paul and I have a habit of getting into conversations about our love of Tim Walkers work and which of his shoots is our favourite. He is definitely an inspiration when it comes to planning and creating our ideas for my shoots and are normally the images I show to Paul when I am saying "I want it to look like this!" Unfortunately our budget isnt quite on the same level but even if we manage to create something a tiny bit as magical as he does, I am happy.
Left - Tim Walker for British Vogue                                       Right - Paul Marr for Rowanjoy
Left - Tim Walker for British Vogue          Right - Paul Marr for Rowanjoy

The new shoot in Decembers Vogue is set in Mongolia therefore combining 2 of the things I love. I visited Mongolia in 2008 and completely fell in love with the country - it has the most amazing scenery, landscapes and skyscapes. If you have ever thought about doing the trans-mongolian rail then dont even hesitate to do it, it is one of the most wonderful trips you could do - Russia, Mongolia and finishing in China you experience such a variety of cultures, foods and architecture. It was incredibly inspiring for me and I definitely over indulged in the local fabric shops which had such a huge selection of beautiful embroidered brocades I had no idea where to begin. Word of warning though if you go to mongolia and are offered fermented Yaks milk politely decline, its the most vile thing I have ever tasted (avoid the cheese as well).

So all this rambling brings me to the combination of the 2 things that I love the current shoot in British Vogue. This is a selection of some of my favourite images from the shoot. I hope you love them as much as I do. 

Rowan x

Monday, 24 October 2011

Cheap Frills

There is most definitely something frilly going on at Rowanjoy at the moment. I have been hand sewing some big frilly silk flowers the last few days, I knew all those scraps I was keeping would come in handy one day. I am not going to say what the flowers are for yet (partly because I havent decided) but all shall be revealed as soon as I have and the frills are free.

 Rowan x

 P.s I have been playing about on photoshop to try and make my photos look a bit more interesting, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Introducing Ella

Rowanjoy Bridal has a new addition to the collection - The Ella dress. Ella is based on style of the same name from the Autumn/Winter collection. The bridal style is made from from an ivory georgette, silver silk satin and a beautiful chantilly lace and is £875. As with the other styles the Ella is a made to measure dress through coming to visit me at the studio or is available through my etsy shop. Head there or to my website for more details.

Rowan x