#2015BestNine on Instagram

So here we are, just about at the end of another year. Social media is fast filling up with posts of the best/popular/most liked/fave images of the year so I thought I'd take a look at mine and share the website I used to find them! 

So on Missy Vintage the most popular 9 unsurprisingly include hair, shoes, the new house and pictures about charity shop fashion finds. 

Over on my other account @kerrycurl, which is my photographer account and so isn't about my own hair, shoes or fashion it's a little different

If you'd like to find out your best nine instagram images of 2015 you can visit producthunt.com. Just enter your instagram name, it will do some crunching and then produce your grid of 9 images which you can share/save. There are probably other websites and this one is a little a slow but it worked and so I thought I'd share it with you. 

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The Weekend

So it's Tuesday and this is the post I was supposed to write up yesterday. Sometimes I feel consumed by the fact that since starting uni I have become a terrible blogger, not terrible perhaps but guilty of going AWOL. Then I have to remind myself that there are 'no rules' to blogging. Each blog (should be) a unique space - that's why I began blogging 5 years ago but like anything that becomes mass produced or main stream it transforms and blogging in my opinion has become less about sharing and embracing individuality and can sometimes feel somewhat cookie-cutter in the sense that if you don't blog x amount of times a week, or you don't wear xyz or go shopping and call it a haul then are you a 'real blogger'? 

The truth is of course I have changed so much in the last five years, uni has 100% enriched my love for art - the underlying reason for me to go to uni was to develop as an artist. If I'd been using a paint brush for years instead of a camera I may well have decided to pursue fine art with that medium. 

I've been working on lots of new work and spent the weekend (amongst other things) pondering how this fits in to the Missy Vintage side of things only to conclude that of course it does because it is me, this is my blog, my little space to use a diary to record not everything that happens in life but to curate this little part of the internet in my own way. 

So before this post becomes all deep and meaningful here's a little bit of what I got up to this weekend when not drinking wine and feeling curious about what the next 5 years with bring....

Saturday started out with plans to sort out Christmas Gifts, we got as far as Clutter City, a local craft fair which is packed with lots of creative wares followed by Jane Richards (an AMAZING interior design store in Norwich) purchased a few bits for the new house and also a a Nov & Dec Copy of The Norwich Resident magazine then we went to the pub! So not the most successful shopping adventure! ummmmmm..... 

One dinner later we were at a gig to watch No Holy Men. Only their second gig but so good! Keep an eye on their FB page. I photographed their debut gig and have realised that I still haven't posted about it sol here's a belated pic! 

No Holy Men - The debut gig
and here's us after Saturdays gig in the bar. Note how I am almost pouring beer over Alex. I'm just so cool.......... fortunately I know Alex and I also know that she would have been very understanding. The basic rule me is that if you are near me and I spill a drink on you, please be understanding, I have the clumsy gene......

photo courtesy of Alex via Ant (taking the picture) - I think....
And so Sunday got off to a slow start.........
Clashing it up just because you can. Who said leopard print & cowboys boots don't together? The boots are from Ebay and the coat is Biba at House of Fraser

We bought a Christmas tree. This is the first Christmas tree I've had in about 6 years. Christmas is an odd time of year for me and so getting a tree up is a big part of moving forward. I haven't had a real tree for absolutely years. I'm sure shops which sell them and have cameras in the car parks must have so much comedy footage as people load the tree in! 

Of course no tree for several years also meant not baubles so we had to stock up on those. The charity shops have lots at the moment and I'm on the lookout for a barbie who will then be strapped to the top. Much better than a star. 

Despite the fact we were all loaded up and my seat was as far forward as it could possible go, we made a spontaneous decision to hit the coast instead of going home so we hit the road and went to Sheringham for some fish and chips (of which there are no pictures of because we ate the evidence before even putting it on instagram. I know right? We're crazy kids)

But I did instagram a rainy night picture from Sheringham. Hopefully we'll go back a gain over Christmas for more fish and chips and a long walk on the beach (of course!)

So that was the weekend and the good news is it's now only 3 more days until the next one. Hurrah.
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Bath Time Reading & Resolutions

I don’t know about you but I constantly find managing my time a real struggle. Between doing a full time degree, working on our new house and basically juggling blogging, styling, non uni photography work and working on Norwich Fashion Week I feel like I am constantly on the go.

But I'm realising that sometimes you just have to stop for the day and try and grab some time for yourself.  Even if it’s just an hour in the evening where you can flop in a chair or a bath WITHOUT technology and just read for fun or listen to music etc.

I can’t be the only one who normally takes their phone (and often my iPad!) in the bath? Firstly it is obviously a disaster waiting to happen (if you’re clumsy like me…) and secondly do you actually relax? I know I don’t.

So this is my new mission – I’ve promised myself that if I’m home in the evenings I’ll schedule an hour (at least) to take a nice long bath armed with some delicious smelling products such as bath oils, face packs and hair treatments along with a scented candle and  magazine or a book. I love bath bombs from Lush and am hoping for the gift of a couple of bath bombs for Christmas.

This new ‘me time’ master plan was partly driven by a copy of Vogue, kindly sent to me by  magazine.co.uk, which I'd left totally and utterly neglected on my desk for well over a week, despite all my good intentions to read it.

In this busy world I think it’s easy to put yourself at the bottom of a long list of priorities but I think we can all benefit from taking a little bit of ‘me time’.  Although I do read digital articles, for me there’s nothing like wallowing in nice hot bubble bath and taking time out with a printed issue of a magazine.  In fact I can almost feel myself relaxing just at the thought!  

Perhaps if you’re pondering gift ideas then a magazine subscription and a few pampering treats could be just the thing to encourage someone to relax and indulge in some reading time, that a good bottle of vino! Are you starting any resolutions before the New Year arrives? 
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Hello Sunday

I'm sorry the blog's been a bit quite the last week or so. It's not because I haven't been up to much, in fact it's the total opposite! 

There's been several photoshoots, uni work and a few adventures in between and I've made a long list to blog about these things. 

I hope you have a restful Sunday and this is really just a quick post to share a documentary on Studio 54 I watched recently.

 I'm really loving seventies style at the moment and Studio 54 despite its short existence (77-81) has iconic status - of course for more than the fashion and style but it's notoriety and hedonistic outrageousness makes this documentary an interesting watch.


***WARNING this does video does contain references to sex which at at times quite graphic so be aware!***

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Eighties Style

Eighties style, good or bad?

Fashion is a just a cycle and new styles and designs are often based on those that have gone before them in some shape or form. Many decades remain highly influential, 'the seventies is back’ seems to be declared in fashion headlines twice a year, every year. Has the seventies ever gone away long enough to allow it to even make a comeback I wonder? 

One decade that perhaps hasn’t had its full revival, rework is perhaps the eighties. However is this about to change?

magazine.co.uk have gifted me with a subscription to Vogue so I can share what's inspiring me from the mag with their readers over on The Hub.  I mentioned in a recent post about how the September issue of Vogue had a INCREDIBLE 80s fashion editorial which was shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan which was full on eighties style. 

I used to wear huge earrings in the 80s and 90s. HUGE. I have vivid memories of wearing a massive pair shaped like huge shields to school and having to take them out when the deputy head (a terrifying lady) spotted them from a distance of at least 30 feet! Oh how I wish I'd kept them all, I had such a collection and would change them at least once a day. 

But it's a good excuse to go shopping

eighties inspired handmade earrings £55 plus shipping. Etsy shop Lou Taylor Studio. You have GOT to see more of this designers work - it's incredible! 
£20.25 plus postage - Etsy shop Hippie Gypsy Boutique 
If you feel glitz and sparkle is only for Christmas then vintage eighties foil prints and Dynasty worthy glamour could be your friend! 

Vintage shops will be bringing out all their party outfits now and so will the charity shops so there's a lot of choice about right now of you fancy looking beyond the highstreet or want to do some mixing and matching. A vintage sequinned top with your Topshop jeans maybe? 

Prim Vintage (size 10) £45 
So maybe the mismatched neon towelling socks and the meringue like, oh so voluminous rah-rah skirts won't make it back in to my wardrobe...I've just realised I basically described my favourite outfit in middle school when I wrote that outfit combo. What a shame no pictures exist! Nor of my permed hair and train track braces. if you're thinking 'sounds like Ugly Betty' you'd be right!

TV and Film can be be a great source of fashion and style inspiration, the eighties opened our eyes to American teen culture (well certainly my eyes) with the visual feast that is Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and there are a couple of gorgeous frocks not to mention some amazing hair action in Weird Science (1985)

 The first time I saw this film I was totally smitten with Kelly Lebrock. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life (a thought shared with many boys at that time too I'm sure) 

Yes. I still love her and I've just realised it's 30 years since this film was released. 30 YEARS!!!

I've also written a post for the magazine.co.uk Hub about the 80s influence in Vogue and I'll link you up once that's live but in the mean time if you're not searching Ebay for a VHS player to relive those 80s teen movies at their very best then you could pop over to The Hub and read how I'm using magazine photoshoots as wallpaper

and if you haven't seen it already my thoughts on socks and sandals. 

Sorry I'm going to have to say it again.... 30 years???!!!

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When you don't know what to write

Today's post was going to be about fashion but after the terrible events which happened in Paris and also in other parts of the world last week I feel that is a post for another day.
Today I met with a friend from my school days and we chatted, laughed over old memories, drank coffee al fresco and visited some art galleries in Norwich. After we said goodbye I decided to just keep strolling about, taking the rest of the day off to enjoy the city and watch the world go by. I've walked miles, long walks for me are like medicine for the heart and the head.

I took a few pics which can find over on instagram but the image I'll add to this post is one which was shared by the Tate instagram account over the weekend.

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Hello November

So another month arrives and like everyone, I'm just left wondering where on earth this year is going. Actually where is my life going?! Deep huh? Time is going worryingly fast.....
I was planning to do an 'October on Instagram' look back post at the start of the week just gone, but before I knew it the week had vanished and now here we are in to the second week of November so I thought I'd do a look back at the week instead. 

It's been a busy old week indeed. I visited Great Yarmouth. I love the coast and we're so lucky that Norwich is close to lots of varying seaside resorts. Yarmouth is just a 30 minute train ride away and although it's not up there with my favourite seaside places it was perfect for some shots for a project I'm working on.

photography by me

It's a very tired resort but I've had many lovely visits over the years. I always think seaside towns have two personalities, the out of season one for Yarmouth is perhaps more earthy and gritty than some of Norfolk's other offerings. 

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may also have spotted that the Norwich Fashion Week team have a new group portrait thanks to the super talented Andi Sapey.  I think I changed outfits about 5 times before settling on the first plan, which was a pair of Topshop dungarees, a polo neck and socks and sandals for a kind of relaxed seventies vibe. We're going to be sharing more on each board member as we count down to the next Norwich Fashion Week in March so watch this space. 

I've spent a lot of time this week trying to get my head down and throwing myself in to uni work and all the other stuff I need to get done. This means I've been doing a lot of sticking my head phones in my ears and going in to what I refer to as 'the zone'. Now my husband has been encouraging me to appreciate the music of Scott Walker for the last seven years and this week for some reason decided to give him another go (Scott not my husband) and I actually found myself enjoying it so perhaps it was just a timing thing and I needed to just be in right place to give in to Scott's deep rich tones....

Although this tune has also been on repeat a lot - it's a very good soundtrack when you're running from A to B in a super hurry! 

This week Dotcomgiftshop kindly listed Missy Vintage in their top 14 vintage blogs - it's a great line up of bloggers so it's lovely of them to include me in it! 

My blog also ended up in a top 50 fashion UK blogs on rebateszone.com and the week that's just passed also saw Dr Martens have very kindly make me part of their blogger programme which is both wonderful and dangerous...I'm hardly out of DM's or converse these days. The Flora boots which I wrote about here have been great for the rainy days we've had this week and I'm lusting after all the DM tartan scarves so I might ask Father Christmas for one...

The Vintage Show plans for Norwich Fashion Week are well under way and a few days ago I had a meeting with Stylist Karen James Welton to begin a plan of action for the shows promo photoshoot which we'll be shooting next month.... but I won't be able to reveal too much until the images are released in Feb 2016! Exciting things are being planned though I promise!

Because I'm so rock and roll I'll be spending the final hours of Sunday drinking hot chocolate and reading Vogue in an attempt to end the week with a little relaxation time. Good luck with the week ahead everyone! 
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Halloween: The Murderous Mime Artist

So Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger as each year passes. I have to hold my hands up and say I'm not really one for doing fancy dress. It's more laziness than party pooperness (a new day a new word invention...) but this year I had to do something so when someone said to me recently I looked like a mime artist in my dungarees and striped top I decided that this was a sign for my Halloween outfit and as it's already in my wardrobe I wouldn't need to go out hunting for items (the perfect lazy girls take on fancy dress)

There definitely seems to be some witchcraft in the air in the last week, from cameras not working as they should to tea flying over on to my laptop it's been one of those weeks so I was very much ready for some blood red alcoholic beverages!

But at least I had my Halloween outfit sorted and it was perfect timing to be asked by Dr Martens to pop in and choose something I could use as part of a Halloween outfit and so after a long browse .....

These are Floras and I was really tempted to get a pair of these in black. I have the cherry red and they are just the most comfiest boots I've ever owned.  

The Hogarth collaboration is really just a work of beauty. Don't think that just because it's art on footwear that the detail in the painting is diluted. They really are incredible and I'd urge you to pop in to a store and actually see these in real life.  

I decided to go for the Emmaline boot in black which is from the same range as the Flora boot. They are that little bit daintier than a more traditional style DM and I feel they have a 90s ankle boot feel.  
I think these will work really well with skirts and dresses too.     

However the first outfit to wear these with was all about the dungarees 

I'd like to point out those are my mime artist eyebrows and not a new eyebrow look to be sported on a daily basis! I did post a pic on instagram of me attempting to look mime artist like but really, despite my gsce in drama it really wasn't my finest moment and it looks more like a Kate Bush move than a mime. But I tried..


A video posted by Kerry (@missyvintage) on

After strolling through the leaves (it just has to be done) we spent the evening devouring red wine and spag bol. So that's it. October is done. Halloween is over for another year so bring on the fireworks!


Check out the hashtag #DRMARTENSSTYLE on instagram and Twitter to see how other DM fans are wearing theirs. 

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Tilly Walks - Fashion on Film

Over the summer myself and stylist/blogger Karen James-Welton (AKA Fabulous Miss K) got together with model Tilly to create little fashion short. I'm really excited to be doing moving image as part of my degree and I can't wait to learn all the new things!
But to start off what will I'm sure be the first of many, here's 'Tilly Walks' featuring and amazing 80s striped dress.

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In Retrospect magazine

You might remember a while ago that I mentioned a Kickstarter campaign my friend (and super talented photographer of The Southern Retro project) Mat Keller was doing with some pals to launch a new magazine called In Retrospect. 

Following on from the launch issue being successfully funded by Kickstarter pledges, the guys have now made it to issue 4 (with a lot of bloody hard work!) and with issue 5 plans currently well under way, I just wanted to write a post to publicly high five these guys really. 

Slight disclaimer here as I write for the magazine but I wouldn't be doing that if it wasn't for the people behind the mag putting so much love in to keeping their dream alive so well done guys! In a digital world, creating a printed magazine is no easy task and some would have said it was impossible. Thank you for helping prove that print's not dead!

I'm currently writing a photography column which basically means I get research and chat about artists work that I love (lucky me, yes?!)  Starting off with Vivien Maier  issue 1 followed by David Bailey in issue 2.

Issue 3 was the summer issue so Bunny Yeager, model turned photographer and maker of bikinis and beautiful images (no the selfie is not a new thing!) seemed the perfect photographer of choice for bringing some summer glamour to the magazine) and in the current issue I'm looking at the beautiful images of Horst

Plenty of reading material there to keep you out of trouble on these chilly, long dark nights! Subscription info here and yes they ship worldwide. Hurrah! 
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I'm chatting about vintage style on #huffingtonpost

I know, I know two post in as many days. This is very good for me lately what with uni being back in full swing and plans for Norwich Fashion Week 2016 revving up plus all the other things that seem to eat up my time. So much to blog about... basically what I need do is take you ALL to the pub for twelve hours and just chat through everything that's been happening.

But until the day we can find a way to make that happen I will try try try my best to get you all up to speed guys. I know some of you began following because you loved the forties/fifties style I was rocking when I started the blog a few years ago and I've had a few questions asking me if I'm 'still vintage' the answer is yes but it's evolved to be much more eclectic rather than era specific and I have a post I'm working on where I discuss that gradual change of style.

 But in the mean time.....Huffington Post got in touch asking if I'd like to contribute to an article they were working on about shopping for vintage, So pop over and read my thoughts, along with two other bloggers Betty Pamper and Sheri Pavlovic  on vintage style and buying tips.

In the picture I'm wearing what I refer to as my 'Bear coat' fear not it is faux fur, each to their own and I don't preach but I choose to only wear faux fur vintage or otherwise. I picked this 70s number up in a charity shop for £20 and it's the most deliciously oversized coat. It's like being enveloped by a huge teddy bear. I adore it. More than my slightly serious face lets on.....
What do you think, any tips to add? 
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Norwich Fashion Week at The Norfolk Arts Awards

A couple of weeks ago I was behind the scenes at the Norfolk Arts Awards with my Norwich Fashion Week board member head on organising a fashion showcase of local designers as part of the awards ceremony. 

I arrived feeling a bit odd because I wasn't doing photography, hair or makeup (so I only had to lug two bags along with me instead of the usual half a dozen!) 

The fashion showcase wasn't vintage but a celebration of art and fashion heritage and designs were very kindly loaned to us from  Siofra Connor Millinery, April Lunch, Jessica Clarke, Toby Neave, Jo Randall and Gemma Hyde alongside items from The Costumes and Textile Association collection and William Wilde lingerie from London Street boutique Proudlock and Harry.

Photo by Gemma Lock

 This meant we were working with lots of amazing items including a dress made of paper and another made of dried glue. Fashion meets art indeed. It's a glitzy affair held in The Maddermarket theatre, a beautiful old building nestled away in the heart Norwich city centre. (It has a pretty interesting history section on the website which you can find here if you'd like to read it) 

Photo by Gemma Lock

 Taking behind the scenes shots, we had photographer Gemma Lock (thanks Gemma) and thanks also to my fellow NFW board members Emma Harrowing for sourcing such amazing designs to work with and Debs Dominic who was in full hairstylist frenzy creating and building hair which was unique to each model. 

Photo by Gemma Lock
On makeup was the lovely Mirriam and Cintia of Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty and of course thanks and well done to all the models who have this amazing ability to walk with ourt falling over - a skill I continue to be in awe of (news of my epic 'I fell over AGAIN' moment during London Fashion weekend in another post...) 

Photo by Gemma Lock
Here I am in my £5 Frank Usher sparkly number

Music is such an important choice for a fashion show, it shouldn't take away from the clothes but it does help set the scene. Knowing I was choosing a song for a theatre of art fans and with the room like any old theatre, being very atmospheric (don't you just love old theatres?!) I thought what better man to assist me me create a showcase which would open the second half of the show with a creative pow on the ears than Nick Cave. 

So on that note, I shall indeed leave you with the glorious track which we played as NFW turned the theatre in to a runway. If you want to see more images from the show head over to the NFW Facebook page or go have a look at them on our amazing new website (thank you Four Agency & Grit Digital

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Reading material - Vogue

I can remember getting magazines like Smash Hits and Just Seventeen delivered by the paper boy. There was always something really exciting about knowing the next issue was out that day and would  hopefully be delivered by the time you got home from school....We were very slow cyclists due to chatting...my husband has said he would watch us and wonder why we even bothered with bikes when we could probably walk faster. I don't remember him commenting on this at the time but feel sure he would have. This is possibly why we didn't start going out until our thirties....

Flash forward to being a 'grown up' and I've had several subscriptions to various magazines over the years, mainly covering photography and fashion (surprise!) I wrote a while a go about magazine.co.uk inviting me to join their blogger team and so got the chance to pick some magazine subscriptions courtesy of them.

So I'm now three issues in to Vogue and actually asking myself the question 'okay so what about this magazine grabbed me, didn't grab me?' has been a really useful exercise and I have to say that I still think Vogue is one of the best glossy magazines for fashion. 

Would I like slightly more written content? Yes possibly but maybe there are other magazines for that and lets face it there are so many titles to choose from it's sometimes hard to pick which is why at least a subscription service allows you to get the magazines you want at a lower cost so you can either save money on your favourite magazine or maximise your budget to get more magazine titles for your money. 

From the August edition I was inspired by a Mario Testino photoshoot with Lara Stone to chat about why I think socks and sandals is good look which you can read over on The Hub

I've also been looking at eighties style and how it seems set for a revival and if Septembers Vogue was anything to go by they think so to. There was an incredible photoshoot which looked like stills from Human League's Don't You Want Me

I'll link you up once my blog post is up over on The Hub but here's an extract of what's to come!

Before you recoil in horror, let us consider that the eighties actually gave us some very influential style icons. I hear so many people dismiss the eighties as the decade style forgot but we shouldn't be blinded by the dazzle of the foil prints, the mismatched neon towelling socks and the meringue like, oh so voluminous rah-rah skirts. Think beyond the costume like shoulder pads which power walked their way through the palatial homes of Dynasty and remember that this was a decade of many looks.

There are numerous women of the eighties who I believe helped make this era much more eclectic than you might at first think. Debbie Harry is the epitome of effortless cool, with her messy blonde hair and biker jacket, her colour blocking and that too cool for school attitude means her style is still incredibly current. Then there’s Chrissie Hynde and Madonna just to name a few. To this day I still wish I owned a jacket like the one Madonna wore in Desperately Seeking Susan

And finally a recent house move had me eyeing up a huge pile of glossy mags taking up bookcase space whilst deciding if they go into the 'keep' or the 'charity shop' pile and I decided that there were sooo many articles and photoshoots that I actually did want to keep I've begun decorating the down stairs loo walls with torn out pages. 

What magazines are you loving right now?

If you're interested in browsing the subscriptions magazine.co.uk have then pop on over for a visit. 
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Going to university as a thirty something

I haven't blogged loads and loads about my decision to go to university to do a BA (Hons) Photography degree at the age of thirty seven because well frankly it was only last Sunday night (the day before starting my second year) that it has actually begun to feel real! I know, I know I'm about to go in to the second year and it's only finally starting to feel like a reality although I expect I will still keep pinching myself occasionally and get ridiculously overwhelmed in the lecture theatre because I just can't believe I'm *actually* there. I'm not even joking when I say I have actually had tears trickle down my face as I've been sat in total awe at the fact that these people actually let me in! 
I only told a handful of people that I was going to apply, by today's standards I think I'm quite private for a blogger, my blog was always more about things I love and wanted to waffle on about and not  what flavour squash I'm drinking or a document of every second of my day. But of course five years ago when I started writing this blog there wasn't Instagram so it was a very different time!

Uni was so far off my radar of things I thought I could aspire to. I left school with only GSCEs , I stayed at sixth form for about a couple of weeks but stuff at home and school meant I didn't feel settled and in hindsight I just felt a bit lost and lacking direction and was sure I wasn't going to be 'good enough' to be there. I don't think that's at all unique to me but at that age (especially) you can tend to feel slightly alone with it all.
one of the images from my interview portfolio from a portrait session with artist Simon Pritchard
I owe so much to the adult education system, I can hand on heart say that if it wasn't for the fact I was able to do courses of an evening or a morning one day a week, there is absolutely no way I would even have considered going to university never mind got in to one.
It was a City & Guilds in photography course which helped me discover self portraiture which has gone on to develop in to a long term (probably life time)  project
My first course was a City & Guilds in photography in my early twenties which actually took place at my old high school (that was weird I can tell you) I can clearly remember then that the variety of courses on offer was huge and we're talking being able to go and do GCSEs in all sorts of subjects not just English and Maths like it is today and A Levels, again in a wide choice of subjects. Some people were doing courses as a step to another part of education and others just because they were simply interested. I was the latter. I'd never thought I'd be a full time student, ever, never mind 12 or so years on from then.

The cuts to adult education constantly leave me dismayed. Before I started uni in 2014 I spent another two years doing different City & Guilds Photography courses - which massively helped me create a portfolio for my interview as well as teaching me so many skills. Just one morning a week and quite a bit of course work in my own time but it was a fairly manageable way to learn and still work. By the time I left, the course had dramatically increased in price to be in excess of £1000 - people are being priced out of adult education and it's not just higher education like degrees and masters that's an issue.

This makes me so sad and angry too. Yes you can get a student loan for further education but then you're restricted on what other courses you can and can't do next time if you already have that loan unless you can pay the full fee.
Flower lady in Birmingham market which formed part of my City & Guilds coursework 
So there are courses which would probably be full that can't run because there aren't enough numbers. There are people who want to learn in a classroom environment that just won't get that opportunity. I feel incredibly lucky to have been in the adult education system when I was, but it shouldn't be down to luck.

But here I am, two days in to my second year which I'm really excited about. Considering I thought my interview went pretty terrible (lovely tutor I just thought I was going to get told to go away for a year, work some more on my portfolio and then come back again) but no, they bloody only went and gave me an unconditional offer. That was a tough secret to keep I can tell you!

But why keep it secret? Basically I was convinced they'd made a mistake and I would turn up on day one and they'd say 'ooops! wrong person!' and even over the first few days I was sure they were going to pull me aside and explain they'd made a mistake. But they kept letting me back in and I really loved my first year.

I used images from this editorial shoot for Wake Up Little Susie as part of my course work for year one at uni
A photo posted by Kerry (@missyvintage) on There were highs and lows, juggling time was and I expect always will be an issue in some shape of from, I lost some work at a really bad time (just before I was due to hand it in! I cried. A lot but I learned a lot from that to) but all was okay and I flew through the pass mark for year one but all was okay and I flew through the pass mark for year one and I feel really ready for year two although I'm still all kinds of nervous about juggling life with uni and will my work be okay etc etc
One of my final pieces for the first year at uni which was exhibited as part of my final project (thanks if you came along by the way!)  Model: Nakita Harden
I've also been wanting to start finding my visual voice and that's not necessarily a vintage one. I didn't want to get pigeon holed as someone who is a 'vintage' photographer and there's nothing wrong with having that specialism but I knew it wasn't me. Will it be at some point? I don't know.

There's an obvious influence in some of my work, I love fashion photography of the seventies, I have and probably always will love the Warhol silk screen prints but so do a million other artists. I'm inspired by history and what's gone before and that feeds in to my work but for me, my photography needed a separate identity from Missy Vintage which is why I set up a different instagram account for that side of my life.

Will there be more highs and lows during year two? Absolutely, uni (despite the numerous jokes I've had about sitting round in PJs watching daytime TV drinking cider) is really hard work (and anyone who follows me on instagram will know I'm nearly always a vino girl anyway and who DOESN'T like drinking wine whilst in night attire?!)

If you do want to see more of my photography work then you can visit my online portfolio or come and say hello on instagram . Sorry this post ended up being so long guys, I didn't realise I'd have a rant mid way, but I'm so passionate about our adult education system, and feel it's an important and very precious resource.

If you're wondering what courses are happening near you by the way, then google is your friend so go have a search!

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