Operation Kickstarter

I like to show love for fellow artists, so I'd like to introduce you to Norwich artist Simon Pritchard, a jolly nice fellow indeed. He's incredibly talented and has a unique painting style which he uses to capture the famous of times gone by, from film legends and music gods to hammer horror characters.

He's shown his work all over the world, but on investigating putting on an exhibition in Norwich, the venue of choice, doesn't come cheap, so he is using Kickstarter to try and attempt to raise the money to put together an exclusive exhibition of his work, painted especially for this project.

Simon's vision - 

Photo by Antony Kelly
''I will be creating and painting 20 canvas paintings of movie poster art inspired by the artwork that adorned cinema posters of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. I have always had a passion for horror, action and exploitation movies from this period and the painted posters that advertised these films. Everything from Hammer Horror, Italian Giallo murder thrillers, Spaghetti Westerns, action cop thrillers and sci-fi fantasy. 
I want to create poster art for several different ideas, films that never got made with the stars that were originally cast, film projects that never got made at all, a selection of posters for films I made back in my youth for TV film contests and some for film scripts that I wrote but never got to make.
These posters will be my own vision of classic films with the stars that were originally supposed to play the lead role, and versions of posters for films starring actors who wanted the roles but didn't succeed in getting cast.
The final section is for films with titles I have invented myself and how I envision the painted poster art looking for these imaginary films. This idea is inspired by Hammer films who frequently created posters for film ideas with no scripts that were presented to American backers to pre-sell the films before scripts were written and actors cast! '' 

What's kickstarter?

It's a crowd funding site that allows you to set up projects that people can make pledges to, thus enabling that project to come to life. You can pledge as little as £1 and no money gets taken unless the total needed is reached. So if the target isn't reached by the set deadline, no money is taken and the project gets zero funding, It's an all or nothing kind of thing!

With 35 hour to go (at the time of writing!) Simon is £190 away from his target, so so close! If you think you'd like to support the arts for a pledge as small as £1 then pop on over to Simon's Kickstarter page. 

Maybe you have a project you need help to get off the ground? Why not take a look and see if Kickstarter could help you too.

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Missy Vintage Styles : Diva Straightener Review

As a huge fan of playing with hair, I consider myself incredibly lucky that people have enough trust in me to style their locks too. When Salons Direct contacted me to ask if I'd like to write for them, I was pleased to say the least. I know I have several hair and makeup artists following me, so if you are in the beauty trade Salons Direct is site well worth checking out. 

I've been shopping for supplies at Salons Direct for quite some time, so it's great to be able to try out some electrical equipment from the Diva range. Now, I hold my hands up, as a stylist who does a lot of vintage inspired looks, a piece of equipment I don't tend to use much are my straighteners. Essential for getting that poker straight Louise Brooks style bob, and in fact when I go to the hairdressers myself, they use straighteners to give me great curls, but when I'm making curls on clients? I have to be honest I usually use a tong or a wand.

Salons Direct are a trade website, but if you're not a hair or beauty professional, straighteners from Diva are available online too, but what did I think? Well................... to test the Diva straighteners out, I asked model Marie to be my muse, and my assistant for the day was Gemma of Belle  Beaufighter's Beauty, these ladies were so patient and generally fabulous in helping to get these looks together. Big thank you ladies!

Source: Salons Direct
Whilst these straighteners will erm.... straighten, I really need a bit more from them than that. As a stylist, a lot of my work involves creating curls, waves, movement and more extreme/alternative looks, so I wanted to put these straighteners through their paces. Could I create a classic/vintage look using these straighteners? A look I would normally create using a curling wand?

The straighteners are very slim, really light and just as important, they heat up really fast. How did they curl? Frankly, like a dream. They glided through the hair easier than my other big brand straighteners, I'll be honest I was surprised at just how easy they created a curl, and as someone who curls hair a lot, this has pleased me!

For Marie's first look, I wanted something glam and red carpet like. Call it vintage or call it good classic hair, either way I think you'll agree Marie looks Oscar worthy.

For this look the hair was prepped with what I call a dry blow dry. On dry hair a golf ball sized amount of mousse was worked though clean hair and dried again using my ghd dryer. Marie's hair was then curled using the Diva Straighteners, and once all the hair was cooled I used a paddle brush on the hair to brush the curls in to waves. Yes, this can be a scary moment, some hair will hold the curl better than others, but if you have prepped your hair before curling, and brush gently, you'll have every fighting chance of creating that nice relaxed but very glamorous wave.

For our next look we dropped the glam and went more alternative. Big hair is something I love creating, in fact I'm dying for a bride who wants, wait for it...... candy floss hair. It takes a long time to create so it was lovely to have Gemma as my assistant (she also created some fab nail art too) but the final effect is amazing. Huge hair with no back combing.

The reason it takes so long to create is because it involves wrapping the hair around a hair pin and then using straighteners to set the the hair. Teaching Gemma the process so she could assist, we were able to do a direct side by side comparison of the Diva straighteners V's my big name ones and the Diva ones had no problem at all keeping up. 

Once all the hair was wrapped around the pins, we left it for a few minutes and then it was time to take the pins out, which leaves you with tight zigzag curls which you simply brush through. I love creating this hair, it never stops feeling like some kind of magic as you watch the hair grow bigger and bigger!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this flower crown creation I made before, but it seemed perfect to go with Marie's second look.

I think these straighteners are amazing, the tip stayed cool, making the first look much easier to achieve, as it made the straighteners so easy to handle, the way it glides through the hair is massively impressive and they perform well enough for me to be able to create more alternative looks. Exactly what I need from a hair tool.

One model, two looks. In fact there was also a third, but you'll have to wait for the pictures of that one.......

The Diva Session instant heat straightener is available from Salons Direct  (trade only) for £71.50 ex VAT

Do you use straighteners to create curls and waves?

The team:
Hair/makeup/photography - Missy Vintage
Model - Marie Leonard
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Dr Marten and Me

I was recently invited to the opening of the new Dr Martens shop in Norwich, a landmark in the stores history, as the invite boasted that this would in fact be the largest DM store in the UK. 

Now I was a nineties teenager. We wore chunky shoes, some wore jackets falling off one shoulder, I tended to steer towards blazers and a rather fabulous American style college jacket with white sleeves, that I loved but many didn't. In fact one school chum has mentioned/mocked this several times in adult hood - you know who you are ;)

What I could only aspire to having though, was a pair of Dr Martens, the expense made them a total no-go area for me. I did buy some cheap rip offs in desperation, but they weren't the same. Now I obviously survived without them, I'm here now, but when the invitation to the store opening came in with a promise of a 50% discount I knew that maybe, just maybe my time had come. 

 We were treated to some very good, but very loud live music, however this musing is from someone who walks in to Topshop wishing they loaned out adult versions of those baby ear defenders, the ones the cool tots wear at festivals. There was also real ale which I don't really have much of a taste for normally, but these were actually pretty delicious. Also on the menu were mini portions of sausage and mash - now this is what I call a launch party!

I take my hat off to the staff, they worked so so hard! I'd love to know how many pairs of shoes the store sold that night. The place was packed and the till never seemed to clear of people and boxes. I myself bought *cough* two pairs......... and I've been feeling pretty guilty ever since. The first pair were a super cute pair of black patent shoes, which I thought would make a great alternative to a brogue this winter, and I was in need of some new autumn/winter shoes, as last years brogues got killed by snow...... 

I thought I could also change the laces to more colourful ones too.....
But what were the second pair I here you ask? Well I did it, I bought the 36 year old me the pair of boots the 14 year old me never got. I feel so guilty as it's likely that I'll wear them much less than the shoes, but I'm thinking skinny jeans, DM's and and my beloved 80s cricket jumper is an outfit for starters..... 

Pictures of the boots to follow, but here's my 'I was here picture' just after managing to defy the laws of gravity and pour beer UP my arm. Such a me thing to do. In attempts to try and get this picture in a crowded room, the very kind chap behind the bar suggested I might be safer having it taken whilst standing behind the bar, away from the crowd. Dear fellow, dear sweet fellow, obviously he has never met me before! There must have been something about the way I laughed at the the suggestion, as he didn't mention it again....

A massive thank you for the invite. Good to have you on board the good ship Norwich Dr Martens!

There's a great video on You Tube about the social history of DM's which is well worth watching.

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Pin Me Up!

I once said "Pinterest, I'm on it but I don't really get it"

Now though, I'm using it as a resource for all kind of ideas, from things for the home to photoshoots and just pretty things I like. If you fancy following my boards, or having a peek inside my head then come on over!

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