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4 posts from November 2010


Introducing Juliette Chrétien

I've had the pleasure to work with photographer Juliette Chrétien on numerous occasions. The creative exuberance that she brings to each and every project makes her without a doubt, a joy to work with! These fashion photographs reflect Juliette's indepth understanding of lighting, and her natural ability to approach a project with gentle flair, yet retain the richness of the subject matter. 

On a Seaglass note, it was Juliette's gifted photography eye that brought my corporate identity branding vision to life. Our collaboration is celebrated within the designed banner of Looking Glass and on my graphic design website - Seaglass - Visual Communication. These commissioned pieces beautifully capture the fresh, translucent blueish green hues and unique structure of Seaglass.

l warmly invite you, to continue to look out for Juliette's work on Looking Glass!

 images, Juliette Chrétien


Fashion illustrations with a curious twist

A Modern Curiosity_-2

My love for fashion illustration, and tactile objects in the form of fabrics, thread, and ribbon that can be easily kept within a haberdashery box, led me to illustrator, Linda Bennett. Her unique use of mixed media which includes old postcards, textiles and paper, with fashion illustrations lights up my eyes! This vibrant piece called 'A Modern Curiosity' fully encompasses Linda's passion for fashion and illustration, with its graceful, yet striking presence. l particulary find the colourful 3-dimensional effect inspiring - one can almost touch those beautiful shiny pearls!

With its illustrative 1920's 'strike a pose' - reminiscent of the musical film - 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', l feel this work captures the true nature of fashion in a demure and fun-loving way.

A modern twist on a past-time that surely is a curiosity!


Fresh approach to breakfast

     Egg & soliders

Salt & pepper

Breakfast can only be fun with these beautiful ceramic pieces, designed by Takae Mizutani and sons (sons being her two cats, Mooks & Guiness). l like Takae's idea of looking at the world with child eyes, which in my mind generates a fresh approach to these everyday products.

The basic egg form has become rather majestic sitting upon its castle throne, and at long last, the humble solider has been elegantly transformed into a valiant hero, as it gallops towards the egg on its royal horse.

As well as being a wordplay on visual communication, my graphic design name 'Seaglass' originates from my love of the sea, and so when l came across this playful salt & pepper shaker, l simply smiled. Takae calls this piece Memory of Falmouth , which l feel is most fitting, as the sailing boat shape takes me back to smells of salty sea air, and endless childhood summer holidays spent within the sandy coastline coves of Cornwall.

A stylish breakfast table that conjours up nolstagic childhood memories - a joy to behold!



The Kitchen, Top right: Gondal 2010 detail, Bottom right: Wuthering Heights (Book-cut sculpture with light in box)

Last week, l had the pleasure to visit Su Blackwell's exhibition 'Remnants' at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire. l was truly overwhelmed by Su's work. l felt it evoked the spiritual essence of the Brontë sisters and their writing!  As children, they would gather round the kitchen fire listening to dark tales of the Yorkshire moors. Wuthering Heights written by Emily Brontë is one of my favourite novels - A tale of love and revenge set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Su Blackwell's piece certainly reflects the haunting atmosphere of this story.

The other piece that l found most enchanting, is 'Gondal '. This installation was inspired by the Brontës children's diaries. l find the intricate detail and drama of the piece most compelling as it brings to life the imaginary world of the toy soliders and castles that the Brontë family would escape to throughout their childhood.

Remnants - simply a mesmerising exhibition that l feel requires our attention - become entranced!