I was once a dedicated follower of fashion!

I’ve been working on an idea for quite some time.

It revolves around Penny and Benny. Penny is a Sophisticat Fashion Blogger and he, her partner, does stuff on the web and keeks her blog up to date – he does the photos as well.

I have a picture book I want to make about them, but I really want to establish them as a couple first. I see them more as an adult type children’s book than just for kids.

My first project is going to be a KickStarter Maker 100 project. A limited edition project exclusively done in January. It will be a book of images of Penny in 1950’s retro fashion.

I’ve been doing sketches and putting them on instagram I’ve been really brave and opened an Estsy Shop too. I put three Penny watercolour sketches up and they’ve all gone!

When I was thirteen or so, I really got into fashion and wanted to be a designer – inspired by Dior and Yves StLaurent. I even did my main history project at  Olevel on Women’s Fashion. They didn’t know what to make of it or me! I wasn’t encouraged and eventually gave in to the electric guitar and singing in a band.

But doing these fashion drawings of Penny has reawakened something very deep, and I’m loving it – maybe I’ve found my calling at last!

2 thoughts on “I was once a dedicated follower of fashion!

  1. Angela Wheeler

    Thank you ever so much for sharing this writing with us. To be discouraged by others in things we could be quite gifted at is a loss. I can see fashion in your work it makes sense and it sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to share these with my granddaughter, she has a passion for fashion. She loves all your work but I get the feeling this is going to reach her in a special way. To be inspired by Dior and St Laurent, brilliant. We will be looking for your watercolor work. The blue dress and gloves in the doorway is my favorite. Just a side note playing guitar in a band… Lovely.
    A.W.

  2. Shoo Rayner Post author

    Thanks Angela, It’s strange, but since I’ve been drawing Penny and thinking about what she should wear, I’ve really started noticing fashion again and really looking at clothes, not just as something to wear. I think this project is going to be great fun.

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