I am so excited to finally be able to share a project I've been working on for the BBC; Illuminate, a series of 12 mini documentaries about Scottish designers and artists. Together with the most hard-working twenty-something I know, cinematographer Perry Jonsson. I'm so proud of what we achieved, and really enjoyed being involved in project based on supporting local creatives, a subject of true passion for me, and working with a talented friend was the icing on the cake.
I've been thinking about doing this blog post, Blogger Anxiety, for a good few months now. In fact, its almost been giving me blogger anxiety. Oh the irony! Basically, I'm not diagnosing myself with a newfangled mental health issue, I'm just simplifying the huge bank of worries that as a blogger I experience daily, and I'm sure many other bloggers do too. I believe that being a creative individual automatically gives you a million things to be anxious about, so this overview can probably be applied to anyone from musicians to models. However, its not all doom and gloom, as I will be offering a few tips for newbies to help break through the barriers of self doubt.
Last week I was treated to a re-style at Austen Thomson Hair by the talented Lauren, who has developed a unique freehand cutting technique that managed to translate my novice ramblings of what I had in mind for my lanky locks into the ideal result; a cut that liberated me from flat, limp hair and a low-maintenance look so I could indulge my lazy side. I'm now the proud owner of a tousled, layered bob in fairy-cake pink, and couldn't be happier!
Its Monday, which I'd say half the world hates with a passion, so probably a fitting choice for World Mental Health Day. It is estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 450 million people have mental illnesses or disorders, and thats just the ones that are reported and treated, so it is extremely important to discuss as an international issue, rather than just a Westernised phenomena. Last year, I wrote about my eating disorder, you can read that here, but this year I thought I'd focus on another pertinent area, one interlinked with every mental illness, suicide and suicidal thoughts. This is inspired my my recent revised reading of Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive, after my mum met the writer and got me a signed copy, as well as some other fantastic books about mental health recovery, and includes some of my own experience.
I like to think that over the past year or two I've gathered a plentiful bank of knowledge on local designers, so here is my master-list of 101 (yes, it took me a while!) of my favourite Scottish or Scotland-based fashion designers, both menswear and womenswear, textile and knitwear designers, and jewellers.
The new Fashion and Style Gallery expels an mood of grandeur and luxury, with the regal architecture of the National Museum of Scotland playing the perfect backdrop to a wide selection of coveted fashion industry archives and complementing the stunning garments on display, from vintage Schiaparelli to modern McQueen. The presence of this stylish exhibition in such a world-famous hub of knowledge places huge importance on fashion’s place in history, and rightly so.