Fashion future – Alexa Chung

In this Vogue video (available on Youtube), Alexa Chung is a charming and personable guide though the world of fashion as a career and industry.  Total must-see for anyone even potentially possibly vaguely interested in fashion as a career.

In series one, Alexa talks and walks us through:

  • her experience moving from being a model into behind the scenes
  • how new upcoming British designers are spotted and sponsored by British Fashion Council with the programme New Gen
  • Studying fashion is a more expensive course because you have to make a Collection of clothes

This is 2015 and, speaking to new designer and New Gen success, Christopher Kane, the elephant in the room for me is Alexa’s skinny size.  Everytime she shows her legs or Continue reading “Fashion future – Alexa Chung”

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Simon Armitage, poetry, writing, inspiration, tips

Getting Started Writing Poetry as a Career – Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage, a living writing poet, talks about his writing in 2010, and gives practical tips for writing poetry.

“I’ve always been interested in poetry because it’s so powerful: so few words, space on the page, and all around it.  So there’s an intensity there that I admire.”

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Creative Prompts for August

Feel you want to write or draw something, but just not sure what to tackle, today?  Or want fresh warmup challenges?  Sketchbook Skool have given a challenge a day for August! What do you mean – it’s a little bit late telling us this, August has started already?!  Do I hear dissension?  Verily, I raise a quizzical eyebrow. But wait – let’s find the positive … Continue reading Creative Prompts for August

21 questions to help you find your life work

It can be very difficult to find your best career/job – here are 21 questions I’ve put together as a warm up.  They’re positive and imaginative to do.  Why not take some time, get comfy and answer them, see what emerges? Disclaimer: Right up front, let me say I don’t have professional training in careers, these are just some simple queries to get you started … Continue reading 21 questions to help you find your life work

Writers – the bright side of rejection

I found this article in the Literary Hub inspiring – advising to aim for getting your work out there more often to magazines – get the envelopes, get the stamps, sort out self-addressed envelopes and post.  (In many cases nowadays, submission is electronic.) People who became successful writers later, often began with a systematic sending out of many manuscripts and being undaunted by rejection letters, … Continue reading Writers – the bright side of rejection