Embroidered details in Game of Thrones
‘Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion, where the course incorporated design, pattern cutting, garment construction, embroidery, millinery and illustration. At the same time she attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork.
After leaving college Michele worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles for private collectors and museums, specialising in hand embroidery. She then moved into a career in costume for film and television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions such as the BBC’s Our Mutual Friend, ITV’s David Copperfield and Mansfield Park. She soon gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration, taking inspiration from the many historical textiles she had encountered working as a Textile Conservator.
The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all three seasons.
As a Costume Embroiderer Michele specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk crepeline/organza, which are applied to the costume and then worked into once on the actual garment. She also works on existing machine embroidery designs that are not too dense, adding some hand stitching and beading to give a more authentic, hand-finished look.
Michele finds hand embroidery has more flexibility and diversity than that of embroidery created by machine, as there is a greater variety of thread choice and colours to use. It is also possible to work more easily on garments that are already constructed. However, machine embroidery in combination with hand work can be very useful when completing many repeats by creating light outlines or a less dense machine stitch, work can then be completed by hand and again can be carried out on a finished garment.
Michele is a highly creative Costume Embroiderer, producing original designs as well as working closely to a costume designer’s brief to create their desired look.’
Text and images from http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com
Consider me completely and utterly gobsmacked.
I’ve seen a lot of spacey photos in my time. Enough so that I catch myself occasionally making a jaded sigh, saying “Oh neat, another shot of a spacecraft in front of the moon. Been there, done that.“
Then I punch myself in the arm and tell myself to shut up because these are pictures of SPACE.
That’s what happened with Maximilian Teodorescu’s shot of the International Space Station against the face of the moon. At first I was minorly impressed, because it’s a very small thing traveling very fast, in front of a larger thing that is even farther away. But people take pictures of the ISS all the time. Big deal.
Then I realized that this one was taken during the day. At that point I lost my schnoodles. I’m betting a few of you will too.
(via Overthinking It)
Flutter, with its transgender and queer themes, offers a great classic comic superhero in a totally nontraditional superhero story.
So he wanted an inch cut off his pony tail. So maybe I forgot to account for the curl. So maybe I had some trouble evening it up. So maybe now he looks like an English school boy with it all long and floppy in the front and shaved up the back. I think it looks better that way anyway and shouldn’t I be the one that counts most, since I have to look at him all the time?
Geeeeez. You can just never make some people happy.
The Stalking Sherlock Swagger. Can you say panther?
Best seduction scene ever put on film. Although I’m not sure who is seducing whom.
Is this Hannibal’s fruit salad?
Roman Frances landscape- la Voreille
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Yeah, what a glorious mess Quantum is, but this damaged, dirty, exhausted Bond, having burned out almost all of his fire for vengeance is easily one of the most shaggable.
Your daily Bond
A boy sits reading in a bombed bookstore, London, October 8 1940
There should be a category of photograph called ‘Culture persists in the face of warfare’ and depicts all the examples of people reading, playing music, looking at art, etc., during battle or siege or occupation.
Or we could just call it, quite unoriginally, ‘The art of war.’