Month: April 2014

Practical Fashion Course

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I’ll be teaching Fashion Illustration & textiles on the ‘Practical Fashion’ evening class at Rosetta Art Centre in May (still time to register).

On this course you will learn make your creative Fashion Drawings into garments and how to print and embellish them to create desired affects using hand embroidery and print.


Left handed Drawing re-visited

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I’ve created an abundance of  two minute continuous line drawings and  left handed drawings over the past few weeks. Today I had an urge to revisit and develop into finalised Artwork:


Initial left handed Matrioshka Doll drawing which has been brought to life using Oil pastels &  acrylics

Veronica Rowlands Acrylic oil pastel and ink on paper


Experimental Fashion Illustration

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I held some more Experimental Fashion Illustration classes yesterday;

Even got my mum involved

Experimental Drawing

Oil pastels onto two minute, continuous line drawing

Experimental Drawing (2)

Oil pastels onto five minute intricate, line drawing (Matrioshka)

Experimental Drawing 3

Made-up character: Oil pastel & collage on paper

Experimental Drawing 4

Experimental Fashion Illustration Classes

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I’m back in my hometown of Bristol for a few days over Easter….with a pile of admin…………..

Today I thought I’d escape the paperwork and run through some new ideas I wish to try out for future Art classes; so I invited some friends around to have a trial lesson run through.

The students started with a one minute continuous line drawing and went on to create a series of works using oil pastel and a final large scale drawing using pastel, ink and collaged paper and photographs.

Unfortunately being away from home I have limited resources so we had to run through with ink pastels and coloured paper/magazine articles (in my lessons there’s a vast selection of inks paints as well).

Teaching always leaves me feeling most inspired; advising people helps develop my own thoughts and concepts as well as seeing how my students interpret tasks using their own, unique handwriting.

A great start to the day!

Fashion Illustration 2

Matrioshka Dolls were the subject matter for the initial drawings (two minute continuous line drawings with a further ten minutes to colour and finalise).

Fashion Illustration 3

Students proceed to invent their own characters taking inspiration  from previous drawings and techniques learnt

Fashion Illustration 5 Fashion Illustration Prep

Finalised Illustration created using Oil pastels, collaged photographs and previous drawings as print.


A childood dream….evoked

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I know I said I was finished before but in true Artist style I painted over elements of my two new pieces and fluorescent pink is predominant in each.

I kept on looking at them and thinking they needed a lift, need a splash of childhood (this could be created using a gendered colour).

This fluorescent pink instantly takes me back to childhood admittedly I wasn’t your standard Barbie playing little ‘Princess’ I loved the idea of being a hero female knight, I played with ‘My Little Pony’ as well as owning a sword & bow and arrow made for me by my grandfather, I was still feminine and ‘girly’ but aspired to be a strong woman…a hero.


Now anything Kitsch…anything showing vintage dolls makes me feel nostalgic, it takes me back to this place where anything is possible, I was free to dream and safe…..


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Saturday night I arrived back from a week’s holiday in Berlin; I must have this tattooed on my forehead but a break away from the tread-mill can be hugely inspirational.

After five days of admiring architecture, museum & gallery visits and buying a hoard of kitsch doll print products to make my flat even more ‘off the wall’ I just sat down and wrote an action plan for 2014; so many of my old dreams have been re-visited, all I’m going to give away is: product application & Space Doll family……… this space!


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