Sunday, August 29, 2010

Something different Sunday - The Sketchbook Project 2011

Inside cover and first page,  Cari-Jane Hakes, The Sketchbook Project 2011
Spoof copyright and Contents page, Cari-Jane Hakes, The Sketchbook Project 2011
Page 6, Cari-Jane Hakes, The Sketchbook Project 2011
Page 7, Cari-Jane Hakes, The Sketchbook Project 2011
Cedric's debut, Cari-Jane Hakes, The Sketchbook Project 2011
Following on from last week I filled in the pages before and after the first narrative page (to see this post click here). Cedric the newt is my favourite page so far.  Beyond the pages of my sketchbook he actually exists!  I based my illustration on the handmade soft toy created in Suffolk, UK by a company called 'Owl'.  You can find their shop on the Not On The High Street site here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


The oyster shells have started an idea that means, to be honest, I am kind of annoyed that I have to actually to to bed and sleep - I want to get started NOW.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Unusual Brooches on Flickr

I was pleased to see my Midnight Bird singing by Moonlight brooch / necklace included in a Flickr gallery curated by Biff Mooney.
To view the gallery Unusual Brooches on Flickr click here
I have featured this piece before in this design journal.  To read more about it click here.  

The eye of the beholder - Etsy treasury

Etsy treasury featuring hybrid handmade jewellery by Cari-Jane Hakes
My eye spy circular pebble ring from 'Les Petits Callioux' series was picked up by another Etsy treasury yesterday.  It is a lovely quirky collection.  I am honoured to be part of it.


Spiral by Margaret Oomen  on flickr
The first time I saw Margaret Oomen's crocheted stones I was mesmerised by their delicate uniqueness.  
As I photographed the new necklaces that I finished yesterday - I realised there was a connection.  The tiny pebbles, the small drilled holes and the delicate lace texture applied to the silver ellipse - they are an echo of sorts, in miniature, in elemental form, of Margaret's stones.
Eye Spy circular pebble necklace by Cari-Jane Hakes
Eye Spy pebble necklace by Cari-Jane Hakes
Design is never a linear process.  Sometimes, it is only when you look back, that you see the pattern your thoughts took and how they became knitted together to create the object sitting in your hands.

Footnote: you can find Margaret's exclusive Crocheted Stone pattern on The Purl Bee (the blog of the famous 'Purl Soho' knitting shop in New York).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The shape of things to come

I admit it.  I've been spending a fair few evenings pouring over my Sketchbook project.  But at the end of the day, I have give it away and post it off to New York.  In short, it isn't going to contribute to my weekly grocery bill!  Summer holidays make it difficult to get down to serious workshop activity.  My 'helpers' and hot soldering gas flames do not mix too well.  

The last few nights I have lain awake, steamrollered by a train of ideas.  Today, conditions allowed for a bit of productive production.  The fruits of which I enclose for your perusal.
Petite Callioux necklace with vintage lace textured silver ellipse by Cari-Jane Hakes
You should know by now that I tend to make things in pairs.  Here is the little brother.
Petite Callioux necklace with vintage lace textured silver ellipse by Cari-Jane Hakes
Vintage lace textured silver ellipse by Cari-Jane Hakes

I also have these little transparent enameled silver 'buttons' awaiting for inclusion in a new series that I began thinking about whilst at Central Saint Martins in London this summer.  

silver textured with vintage lace, transparent enamel by Cari-Jane Hakes

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Art House Co-op website

I just checked the Art House Co-op front page and the first page of my sketchbook for the 2011 project is featured!  It is a rolling display, so it will only be there untill it gets bumped off the bottom.  So I took a quick screen shot to preserve it for prosperity (bottom middle illustration).  
Art House Co-op  featuring Cari-Jane Hakes

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Something different Sunday

Morning light

Evening light

First official internal page completed for The Sketchbook Project 2011 (after prevaricating with the cover last week)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The D.A.D. project

I finished these beautiful baubles last night.  Today they will begin their long voyage to Canada.  They are being donated to the 'Drawing a Day Project' which is run by two sisters, Serena and Emily.  They began the project as a tribute to their father who has been fighting stage 4 colon cancer since May 2009.  Serena and Emily turned the hopelessness that they felt following the diagnosis into positive action.  I am really pleased that I can use my skills to contribute to this project.
Perfectly Pretty and Pure earrings by Cari-Jane Hakes

For more information about the D.A.D. project please visit Emily and Serena' s Etsy shop here.  For more about Serena visit her site Serena Draws.  For more about Emily visit here website here

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Much Joy!

My sister was photographed by the Joy Style Stalkers while she wandered around the marvelous Vintage at Goodwood Festival this weekend.  How Fabulous!  Now, I may be biased, but I think she is the best dressed (top row, third from the left).  

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When I grow up I want to be a Textile Designer.

I am drawn to beautiful textiles.  Their graphic lines, their combinations of hue and tone will have me marching across the shop floor to take a closer look.  It often makes me wonder what it would be like to be a Textile Designer.
Helping Hands and Enamel Patterns by Karina Thompson using Georgina von Etzdorf fabric

The vibrancy and intensity of a Georgina von Etzdorf scarf leaves you with a dilemma - do I wear it or simply frame it and behold its beauty as a work of art?
Display of Georgina von Etzdorf scarves

Next up - Orla Kiely.  The woman is a genius.  

The prints have a refined retro feel to them, sometimes quirky, sometimes humorous.  When I lived in London I was able to frequent her popular sample sales which allowed me to acquire more handbags than one women can sensibly use.  

My first 'Orla Kiely' - a present from my Dad - saved for 
Sunday Best, Weddings and summer evenings.

The all purpose Orla Kiely bagged at a London sample sale. 
It can and does go everywhere.
I have a hat to match (!)

My 'spring has sprung' Orla - bought full price, in a moment of 
weakness following the birth of my first son.  I think I may have been seduced by the practicality of its wipe clean exterior!

And finally, the beauty of the fabric that exudes from the fingertips of Clarissa Hulse is a pure joy to behold.  I even remember where I was the first time I saw one of her creations.
Autumn Berries palette by Clarissa Hulse

It is going to be tricky finding time to be Textile Designer, a Fashion Designer, a Letterpress Printer AND a Potter...

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Sketchbook Project 2011 - it has begun

The first page is still blank - but at least the cover is done.
ingredients: abstract photograph from a TOAST catalogue, rub on transfers for text and latitude and longitudinal numbers and letters, black ink.

More information about this project can be found here

Elsewhere today, I have a new lodger.  He looks a little superior don't you think?

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Sketchbook Project 2011

My Sketchbook has arrived!  My theme of 'Nighttime Stories' has had me scribbling words and pictures in an old diary in anticipation of its arrival.  
I like the fact that they also send you an Official Library Card.  Should I ever happen to be passing The Brooklyn Art Library, 201 Richards Street, New York, then I can pop in and take a book out.

Bon Weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aqua Treasuary

Can be found on-line here

The amount of creativity on Etsy is always inspiring.  Today though, the 'chihuahua in a scarf' actually made me laugh.  Always a good way to start the day.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Make do and Mend

I just found the perfect letterpress poster to go with yesterday's post.  

Letterpress Make Do and Mend Limited Edition Print orange by Print for Love of Wood

Monday, August 9, 2010

Waste not want not

I bought this dress from the lovely Saltwater London shop 3 years ago.  I haven't worn it much because it always made me feel like a 9 year old girl.  I loved the print.  But not the cut.  It has been hanging in my wardrobe mocking me ever since. 

Last week I decided, enough was enough.  I got my scissors out and started cutting.

1.Cut v-neck. 2. Trim raw edge with ribbon. 3. Take 2 inches off the bottom to shorten the dress and use this material to make neckline 
4. Use iron on interfacing to stiffen the dress fabric. 5. Use a circle 
template to draw 1.5 inch diameter shapes and stitch with a colour 
that matches the ribbon trim. 6. Do this stitching several times in 
different directions.
7. Fold the circle in half so the interfacing is showing and mark a small segment in pencil (does not necessarily have to end in the centre of 
the circle). Stitch along this line. 8. Begin to sew pairs of these petals together. 9. Stitch these to some tape and use safety pins to attach embellishment to dress so that it can be removed when the dress 
needs to be washed.

And Voilà - one re-worked dress - ready to wear.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Impatience is a virtue?

People often comment on my jewellery and say 'Oh, you must be so patient!'.  Far from it.  To me, when I'm designing and making jewellery the process is so incredibly fast.  To understand my point of view you have to appreciate how I learnt to design.  I learnt how to design by designing buildings (and bridges).  Once you begin work as a fully qualified professional architect you find out how long the design and building process can take.  
Within the confines of my workshop I can come up with an idea, test it and have the final finished polished piece in my hands by the end of the day (or the end of the week if it is a more complicated project).  In architectural terms - I just broke the sound barrier. 
Mobius Bridge, Bristol by Hakes Associates, final design model 2004
Mobius Bridge, Bristol by Hakes Associates (with Buro Happold Engineers), 
wind model testing 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

When I grow up I want to be a Fashion Designer.

Personally I blame this recent obsession with the fantastic American television show Project Runway, now in its' 8th season.  The crew who film the contestants do a good job of conveying the dedication and perspiration that often goes hand in hand with the creative process.
Other culprits, tipping me over the edge into being a wannabe Fashion Designer include the ribbons, tie backs, tassels and trimmings shop VV Rouleaux.
VV Rouleaux image taken from their blog
The first time I went into their London Marleybone shop I thought I had died and gone to heaven!  The mix is more eclectic than an Englishman's Pimms Party and the range of colours, hues and tones makes a Brazilian street parade seem a tad drab.
The final culprit - a spell working as a project architect for Selfridges, London. That really sealed my fate.  Walking past Marni, DolceGabbanna and Prada on the way to one's coffee break was really rather lovely.
A heavenly creation by Love June Boutique
I actually make a fair few items of my own clothing.  I can make a simple A-line skirt and get a moderately difficult dress to fit me.  But I know, that to get this cut and drape requires more, much more. I look, admire and aspire.
Equally heavenly creation by 
Project Runway season 5 winner Leanne Marshall
 Leanne's work keeps surprising me.  I enjoy the way she disrupts the surfaces of the clothes she designs.  She gives them volume and presence.

Pamela Tang's work by comparison is quiet, minimalistic and in a word...perfect.
 Saffron Dress with hand pleated neckline by Pamela Tang
It epitomes the edict 'Less is More'.  The clothes speak of honesty and have a kind of Amish reductive quality to them.  I personally find them spellbinding.

Finally, there is a part of me (when I'm not attending the opening night at the Royal Opera House in Love June, or assisting as a bridesmaid in Leanne Marshall or being artistic in Pamela Tang) that loves the slightly edgy.  Just a little bit of grit.  For such an occasion Joodito fits the bill.
Celeno by Joodito

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